Early treatment of mental disorders While researching treatments for my MAD5 conference presentation on British India asylums, I came across this video (click link above) by the National Library of Medicine which features chemically-induced convulsions for treating (mainly) schizophrenia.
In the build-up to the London Olympics, with the invasion of Union Jacks, adverts for sport gear and energy drinks, have you considered another invasion – of bed bugs? The Australian bed bug epidemic was most likely to have been caused by the mass influx of visitors to the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Now London […]
(Photo credit: Antique Collectors’ Club, ACC Editions. Image above shows a black and white photograph of Machu Picchu with the title of the book, Lost worlds: ruins of the Americas) Lost Worlds explores the most distinctive sites in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. This stunning publication represents the culmination of a three-year […]
I’ve been looking at the Chemical Examiner’s reports, which are among the remaining medical items in the India Papers. The NLS plans to put in a bid to have these digitised and added to the Medical History of British India website. The NLS holds reports dated 1874-1942 from the Punjab, Burma and North-West and Central […]
I’m currently working to put 20,000 pages of Lunatic Asylums reports from British India online. Over the next few months the Digital Archive team at the NLS will be checking metadata which accompanies each page, preparing jpegs and exporting database records into XML. My job is to keep track of this and also to research […]
Over the coming months I aim to highlight some of my favourite items in the Medical History of British India project. I have been working with the material for over 4 years and it was these meticulous and descriptive reports which fuelled my interest in the history of medicine. From bowel gangs to rabid badgers, unruly […]
(Photo credit: Taschen. The image above shows the front cover of the book which displays the title of the book, 50 photo icons: the story behind the pictures, and a copy of V-J Day in Times Square, a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, which shows a sailor kissing a woman in a white dress) Billions […]