A Great Deal of Dying in Dr. Herz

Dr Cornelius Herz escapes extradition on the ground that he has a terminal illness, and lives happily in Bournemouth for fifteen years. Watercolour drawing by H.S. Robert, c. 1897. Wellcome Library no. 532785i By Dr. Richard Aspin / 12.04.2016 Head of Research Wellcome Library In 1893 a middle-aged American physician lay ‘dying’ in a Bournemouth hotel. Cornelius Herz[…]

European Encounters in the Age of Expansion

German Emperor Wilhelm II (1859–1941), centre, visiting a group of Ethiopians at Hagenbeck’s Tierpark in Hamburg in 1909 / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Guida Abbattista / 01.24.2011 Professor of Modern History University of Trieste Abstract This article reconstructs the expansion of Europe overseas and the multiple forms of encounters between European navigators, explorers, conquerors, colonizers, merchants and[…]

Shakespearean ‘Simples’: Herbal Medicines in the Bard’s Plays

By Dr. Richard Aspin / 08.08.2016 Head of Research Wellcome Library Locally harvested wild herbs were the foundation of medical practice in Shakespeare’s England. Some medicinal plants were cultivated in kitchen and herb gardens, but they differed little from their wild equivalents. Exotic herbs – that is plants from overseas – were beginning to play an increasing[…]

Polymorphous Polypharmacy: An Overview of Pharmacy History

A pharmacy. Oil painting by a French painter, ca. 1700. Wellcome Library reference no. 44595i. By Dr. William Schupbach / 09.27.2016 Historian People taking medicines often take more than one medicine simultaneously. Polypharmacy and combination therapy can have many advantages, as well as a number of difficulties, such as non-compliance, unwanted side effects, drug-resistant infections, medical disasters, and[…]

Uncovering the History of a Long-Buried Byzantine Treasure

Pair of Wristbands with Birds and Palmettes, Greek, made in Constantinople, 800s–900s. Gold with granulated decoration and enamel, each 3 3/8 in. wide. Image courtesy of the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, inv. no BKO 262/6 Buried twice over the centuries, a precious gold cuff from Thessaloniki, Greece, is a document of Byzantine history. By[…]

Overlooked Plain Black Vases in Beazley’s Attributions

Athenian black-gloss drinking cup (bolsal), about 400 B.C. Terracotta, 11 in. diam. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2016.79.1, Gift of Constance Jordan Two seemingly humble black-gloss vases trace a connection to Sir John Beazley, the great British scholar of ancient Greek pottery. By David Saunders / 01.18.2017 Curator, Department of Antiquities J. Paul Getty Museum Two[…]