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Tuberculosis, Philately and the history of the ‘Christmas seal’

Paris: Comité National de Défense contre la Tuberculose; Quimper: Comité d’Hygiène Sociale du Finistère, [between 1930 and 1939?]. Image Credit: Wellcome Collection, CC BY.Christmas has long been recognised as a time of charity and fundraising ...
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Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) – the greatest anatomist that ever was?

For me, any mention of anatomy conjures up memories of the hours spent during medical school in the Dissection Room, overpowered by the smell of formaldehyde, trying in vain to orientate myself with more than ...
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The Humble Toothbrush

This blog focuses on the humble toothbrush: that everyday object that we too easily take for granted. Although many may consider the toothbrush a fairly insignificant and disposable item, it actually has rather an interesting ...
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The Stagnant Practice of Clandestine Abortion

It is just over 50 years since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed. It therefore seems fitting to examine the history of abortion and consider how this practice has changed over time, from antiquity to ...
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Dates for your Diary

Rembrandt, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp“Rembrandt, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp” by profzucker is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Teaching of Anatomy from Classical to Modern Times
The Scottish Society of the History of Medicine in conjunction with the BSHM.
26/27th June 2020. Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. For more information click here


Sir William Osler Legacy meeting and Poynter Lecture.
1st October 2020. Royal College of Physicians, London. Details TBA.


BSHM Congress Bristol, UK. 11th-14th September 2019

The Congress is now over but a programme of presentations can be seen here


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