Denis Burkitt’s Safari Diaries and Contribution to Medicine

Denis Burkitt / Wellcome Library Denis Parsons Burkitt (1911-1993), while posted at the Mulago Hospital and Makerere Medical School in Kampala, Uganda, in the 1950s and 1960s, was the first to describe a childhood cancer which became known as Burkitt’s lymphoma. By Amanda Engineer / 08.23.2016 Project Archivist, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Archive Wellcome Library Archivist From[…]

Hunefer’s Book of the Dead and Judgment in the Presence of Osiris

A detail from the Book of the Dead of Aaneru from Thebes, Third Intermediate Period, XXI Dynasty, 1070-946 BCE. (Egyptian Museum, Turin) By the British Museum / 03.01.2017 Hunefer: An ancient Egyptian official Hunefer and his wife Nasha lived during the Nineteenth Dynasty, in around 1310 B.C.E.. He was a “Royal Scribe” and “Scribe of Divine Offerings.” He was also[…]

The Capitoline She-Wolf: Rome’s Eternal Symbol

Coin (didramma) from the “Romano-campana” series, Herakles and the wolf suckling the twins, 265 B.C.E., silver coin (Capitoline Museum, Rome) By Dr. Jaclyn Neel / 01.22.2016 Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient History Temple University Rome’s eternal symbol? If one could choose any animal to become one’s mother, how many people would choose a wolf?[…]

Sarcophagi of the Spouses at the Louvre and Rome

Sarcophagus of the Spouses, Etruscan, c. 520-510 B.C.E., painted terracotta (Musée du Louvre) Author does not wish to be identified Sarcophagus of the Spouses (Louvre) The freedom enjoyed by Etruscan women One of the distinguishing features of Etruscan society, and one that caused much shock and horror to their Greek neighbors, was the relative freedom enjoyed[…]

Biologist Dives Hundreds of Underwater Caves in Search of New Forms of Life

Author Tom Iliffe leads scientists on a cave dive. Jill Heinerth , CC BY-ND By Dr. Thomas M. Iliffe / 01.07.2018 Professor of Marine Biology Texas A&M University at Galveston Maybe when you picture a university professor doing research it involves test tubes and beakers, or perhaps poring over musty manuscripts in a dimly lit library, or maybe[…]

Charles Darwin’s American Adventure: A Melodrama in Three Acts

British scientist Charles Darwin. Darwin’s scientific discoveries concerning evolution had an immediate impact on the scientific community. But, their impact on society, politics, and debates about science and religion have had much longer term implications for American society. / Wikimedia Commons 2009 was celebrated around the world as ‘The Darwin Year.’ It marked the 200th[…]