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'Genetics' is one of the four themes explored within our newest gallery 'Being Human', opening 5 September. . One of the objects on display in this part of the gallery is this uncanny 3D printed portrait produced by transdisciplinary artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg as part of her 'Stranger Visions' project. To make this portrait, Dewey-Hagborg sequenced the DNA from hairs, chewed up gum, and cigarette butts found in the streets, public bathrooms and waiting rooms of New York City, seeking genetic markers that influence physical appearance. Her portrait is deliberately fictional - genetics alone can't reveal exactly what we look like. However, the artwork explores issues of privacy and our expectations of what is possible from genetics. . Being Human responds to challenges and questions in the 21st century. It explores how we think and feel about ourselves, our bodies and our relationship with the world around us. Our understanding of what it means to be human is being transformed. In this shifting landscape, who do we trust? Whose voices are heard? How do we see ourselves, and each other? . . . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #BeingHuman #human #humanity #exhibition #gallery #art #ContemporaryArt #genetics #environment #climate #infection #disease

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This hand drawn charcoal illustration by Stephen Magrath shows a lateral view of the human brain and skull with a cigarette clasped between the teeth ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿšฌ. It was inspired by the concept of reward pathways, which are thought to be stimulated by addictive behaviour such as smoking, inhaling nicotine, and the use of other recreational drugs. One such dopamine reward pathway (the mesolimbic dopamine pathway) is depicted here in red. Stimulation of reward pathways are often associated with feelings of pleasure and desire, but they may also play a role in some diseases such as schizophrenia and depression. #illustration #charcoal #handdrawn #brain #skull #reward #neurology #addiction #smoking #cigarettes #nicotine #drugs #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #library #librariesofinstagram

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Here is a depiction of The Sun from a Persian manuscript โ˜€โ˜€โ˜€. The Sun sits cross-legged on a throne with four-arms. Nimbi (emanations of light surrounding a saint or deity) encompass the face and two lions sit on either side. How glorious! (#wellcomelibrary ref: Persian Manuscript 373). #persian #manuscript #sun #sunshine #summer #sungod #god #diety #religion #faith #lion #zodiac #imagecollection #specialcollections #wellcomelibrary #library #librariesofinstagram

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No #caturday today - just a gorgeous collection of creatures from the 1800s. In this engraving you can see an insect of some kind, a musk rat, a siren (eel-shaped taile amphibian), and two hawk moths; below, a shark, a sponge, a vertebrate, an owl, a noddy (a tropical sea bird) and a stapelia. Enjoy this monochrome beaut! โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ #nocaturday #saturday #weekend #vibes #saturdayvibes #blackandwhite #engraving #insect #rat #siren #amphibian #moth #shark #sponge #owl #seabird #stapelia #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #library #librariesofinstagram

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You run, you lift, you sweat, you gym. You are a human generator. Connect yourself to the grid and power your lights and telly. . Another thought provoking Body Squabble from resident artist @robbidder . See all our comics in one place at http://bit.ly/bodysquabbles . . . . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #bodysquabbles #cartoon #comic #webcomic #illustration #gym #workout #exercise

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Box of tortoiseshell sex aids made in the 1930s by the Arita Drug and Rubber Goods Co., in Kobe, Japan, with 10 compartments containing four penis sheaths, four penis rings, three brass balls, one dildo and one finger sheath. . If the trade in tortoiseshell worldwide wasn't banned for good reason in 1973 under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species then we might be tempted to say SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY. . Credit: Wellcome Collection/ Science Museum . . . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #medicine #historyofmedicine #health #museum #museumobject #history #anatomy #penis #sex #sexaids #sextoys #dildo #phallic #Japan #japanese #tortoiseshell

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When will #GBBO #2019 start, we wonder? ๐Ÿž To will the Bake Gods into action, here's a watercolour of a cake seller preparing cakes for baking in a wood fired oven by Zhou Pei Qun, circa 1890. #gbbo #gbbo2019 #bakeoff #greatbritishbakeoff #baking #cake #tv #bake #19thcentury #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #library #librariesofinstagram

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Happy August! How gorgeous and mesmerising is this! This collage by Alexandr Khrapichev shows the cross sections of various fruits and vegetables ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‹๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ‡. Ultra-thin virtual slices were taken through each fruit & veg by spin-echo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), revealing the details inside the objects without damaging them. These images are digitally coloured over the traditional grey-blue shadows of an MRI image to match the natural colours of the foods. In this image you can see: mandarin orange, cabbage, persimmon, kiwi, apple, pear, pomegranate, plum, avocado, strawberry. Maybe the delicious ingredients of your morning smoothie? #orange #cabbage #persimmon #kiwi #apple #pear #pomegranate #plum #avo #strawberry #smoothie #fruit #veg #fruitandveg #mri #scan #colourful #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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If you walk on average 7,500 steps a day and you live to the ripe old age of 80, then you will have walked 216,262,500 steps in your entire life. Which โ€“ if our calculations are correct, mean that you could have walked around the world 4 and a bit times. . Another thought provoking Body Squabble from resident artist @robbidder . See all our comics in one place at http://bit.ly/bodysquabbles . . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #bodysquabbles #cartoon #comic #webcomic #illustration #walking #treking #world #equator #journey #path #trail #rubbish #litter #maths #steps #drawing #calculations

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Pearsonโ€™s magazine commissioned magician William Marriott to write a series of articles in 1910 investigating mediumistic fraud so that readers could โ€˜judge for themselves the pros and cons of this tremendously important subjectโ€™. This photograph show Marriott duplicating and exposing several effects common to sรฉances using tricks purchased from a catalogue. . This photograph is on display in our exhibition 'Smoke and Mirrors', which brings together the worlds of psychology, magic and entertainment in search of the truth about deception. . "You wonโ€™t believe your eyes." - The Times โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… . Credit: Senate House Library, University of London . . . #WellcomeCollection #magic #WellcomeMagic #illusion #psychology #magician #SmokeandMirrors #deception #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine

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Medicine has come a long way since 1958! This electrode head board, made at the Burden Neurological Institute in Bristol, was used in neurological experiments on the brain. The 34-way sockets on the patientโ€™s head connect by 34-way plugs at the back of the distribution board to individual sockets on the front. Areas of the brain were stimulated and responses recorded by placing the electrodes onto the head. . Discover more of our collections online at https://wellcomecollection.org/works . Credit: Wellcome Collection/ Science Museum . . . #WellcomeCollection #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #phrenology #phrenologists #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #histmed #19thcentury #brain #neurology #neurological #neurologist

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Good morning, crew! This mesmerisingly dark image is of a Lohan seated on a rock reading. It's a woodcut made in the style of an ink stone rubbing, and is from China, possibly some time in the 19th century ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐ŸŒ. Lohans are disciples of Buddha, but have not yet attained the higher state of nirvana Buddha teaches. Lohan is the Chinese name for these disciples, but you might also know them as Arhat (Sanskrit), or Rakan (Japanese). They were chosen by Buddha to remain in this world as immortals in order to preserve the teachings and help all sentient beings on their path to enlightenment. Each Lohan is depicted seated on a rock holding a different attribute. #lohan #buddha #buddhist #faith #nirvana #disciple #religion #belief #enlightenment #theway #woodcut #illustration #19thcentury #chinese #china #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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Happy monday, chums! Here's a coloured etching of a golden eagle sitting with huge sass atop the branch of a dead tree, surrounded by wildflowers (1796). We're feeling pretty sassy ourselves today - it's the start of the week, it's summer, and we're ready to go! How are you all feeling? ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ•Š #eagle #bird #birds #birdstagram #birdsofinstagram #goldeneagle #birdofprey #sass #monday #vibes #mondayvibes #summer #ready #illustration #imagecollection #art #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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Happy Saturday, folks! We haven't posted anything gory for a while, so here's a watercolour lithograph of the veins of a head and neck by William Fairland, 1837. Note the stamp of an old medical library right in the jawline ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ!! Anatomical illustrations such as this one were essential to the understanding of the human body, and contributed greatly to improvements in the ways that we treat the body in a medical context. Modern technology continues to advance our understanding beyond what could ever have been anticipated in the 1800s, but these drawings were the first method we had for recording what we saw inside a human. Now, it gives us insight into what medical practitioners knew and what they didn't know at different points in history. It's also kind of beautiful, don't you think? ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€ If you want to search for more anatomical illustrations (some more gory than others), you can do this on our website: www.wellcomecollection.org/works. #skull #๐Ÿ’€ #head #veins #anatomy #anatomicalillustration #medicine #medicalillustration #watercolour #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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Swipe through another thought-provoking Body Squabble from resident artist @robbidder. . The 19th century French novelist Gustave Flaubert once commented that 'one can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.' Of course there is a strong correlation between how we feel and how we think and behave, and lots of strategies for how we can think and act more positively in emotionally challenging times. But how easy is it to smile when you feel angry, or laugh when you feel sad? . See all our comics in one place at http://bit.ly/bodysquabbles . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #bodysquabbles #cartoon #comic #webcomic #illustration #sensitive #feelings #emotions #thoughts #behaviour #CBT #CognitiveBehaviouralTherapy

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Happy summer holidays everyone! Here's a picture of a man posing on the beach in summer dress (photographic print, Sep 1949). On a scale of 1-10, how jealous of him are you right now? (We're stuck in the rain in London, so it's a 10 from us!) โ˜€๐ŸŒงโ˜€โ˜€๐ŸŒจโ˜€๐ŸŒฉโ˜€ #summer #summertime #britishsummertime #beach #sun #sea #sand #sunshine #holiday #holibob #beachvibes #seaside #relax #beachwear #jealous #jelly #rain #rainraingoaway #photos #oldphoto #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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Painting of a human skull with scenes representing mental activities including exertion, restriction, introspection, aggression, convention and vulnerability. By artist Richard Ennis, 1991. . What would feature in a painting of your mind? . . . . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #painting #gouache #art #anatomy #skull #brain #mind #RichardEnnis

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Why not take a leaf out of Lester Magoogan's book and "don't shout" (unless maybe you're trying to get someone's attention and they're really far away). Magoogan is a British artist specialising in simple yet evocative line drawings. This print was exhibited as part of the "Shifting Perspectives" exhibition in 2013. We have quite a few prints by Magoogan, so give him a search on www.wellcomecollection.org/works and see what you find. Some are black on white, some are white on black - needless to say, we love them all ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜. #lestermagoogan #dontshout #shouting #shout #letitallout #anger #argument #fight #fighting #emotion #emotional #relationship #lestermagoogan #drawing #illustration #art #artcollection #imagecollection #exhibition #artists #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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Here's a beautiful image by John Thompson of a channel in Amoy, Fukien province, China, taken in 1870/71 and entitled 'View of a channel with two large rocks' ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ. Thompson shot all over Asia and many of his prints can be found in our library collections. Their clarity feels somehow enhanced by being monochrome, and there's something mesmerising about gazing through his lens searching for tiny details here and there. If you want to zoom into this one and see what you can see beyond the rocks, you can find it by searching www.wellcomecollection.org/works. #china #channel #amoy #travel #seaside #photos #oldphoto #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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Things you could do this weekend: - become a nun - visit a graveyard - dig a grave - watch your pal dig a grave whilst gazing off into the distance Or you could just enjoy the summer sunshine โ˜€โ˜€โ˜€ This photogravure is a print of a well-known painting by John Everett Millais entitled 'The Vale of Rest: where the weary find repose' (1853). #painting #19thcentury #art #butisitart #oilpainting #canvas #imagecollection #nun #grave #gravediggers #wellcomelibrary #imagecollection #librariesofinstagram

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Ideas. We all want to have good ones. And lots of them. That's where 'brainstorming' supposedly comes in. But does it really work? . "Although the term โ€œbrainstormingโ€ is now used as a generic term for having groups develop ideas, it began as the name of a specific technique proposed by advertising executive Alex Osborn in the 1950s. He codified the basic rules that many of us follow when getting people together to generate ideas: Toss out as many ideas as possible. Donโ€™t worry if theyโ€™re too crazy. Build on the ideas people generate. Donโ€™t criticize initially. These rules seem so obvious and clear that itโ€™s hard to believe they donโ€™t work. However, decades of studies demonstrate that groups that use Osbornโ€™s rules of brainstorming come up with fewer ideas (and fewer good ideas) than the individuals would have developed alone." - Dr Art Markman, Harvard Business Review (2017) . So there you have it! . The term 'brainstorming' fell out of favour for a time as a potentially derogatory term however, according to a survey carried out by Epilepsy Society in 2005, the word was not considered offensive by 93% of respondents. What do you think? . Swipe through another thought-provoking Body Squabble from resident artist @robbidder. . See all our comics in one place at http://bit.ly/bodysquabbles . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #bodysquabbles #cartoon #comic #webcomic #illustration #ideas #brainstorm #brainstorming

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What mood are you in today? Here are four faces expressing the passions: (clockwise from top left) hatred, wonder, love and jealousy; and (right) the frontispiece to the book containing the illustrations, a manual of acting (1807) ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ #face #faces #expressions #emotion #emotions #facial #hatred #wonder #love #jealousy #acting #actors #illustration #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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We've got some real beach feels going on at the moment here at Wellcome Collection. Here are some illustrations of various shells found in Li Shizhen's 16th century pharmaceutical encyclopedia Bencao gangmu. These shells are from six types of shellfish: muli (oyster), madao (razor clam), xian (clam), beng (freshwater mussel, clam), xianjin (a kind of clam) and zhenzhu mu (pearl oyster). According to the text, shells have the following medicinal properties: it settles the heart and calms the mind, controls involuntary ejaculation by exerting an astringent effect on the semen, relieves diarrhoea by exerting an astringent effect on the intestine, and exerts an astringent effect on vaginal discharge. It is used in the treatment of abnormal vaginal discharge,nocturnal emission, incontinence, mental agitation and infantile convulsions (jingxian, fright epilepsy). That said, we don't advise you take the beach back with you and try these at home! Happy summer everyone! ๐Ÿš๐ŸŒ #shells #shellfish #beach #beachvibes #sun #sea #sand #materiamedica #16thcentury #chinesemedicine #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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This gorgeous little 'quizzer' glass was made in France c. 1800-1820. . Quizzing glasses were popular in the 1700s and 1800s. This type of quizzer glass has a ring at the end to attach the spectacle to a cord or a ribbon. This was then worn around the neck, so the glass was readily available. The quizzer glass has a short, gold-plated handle and a small lens. The ornate decoration and use of gold plate indicate a wealthy owner wanting to make a bit of a fashion statement. . Spectacles were increasingly common in the 1700s. Designs such as the quizzer spectacle allowed wealthier and elite members of society to distinguish themselves from the lower classes. . . Discover more of our collections online at https://wellcomecollection.org/works . Credit: Wellcome Collection/ Science Museum. . . . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #spectacles #glasses

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As we all know โ™ฅ is โ™ฅ is โ™ฅ is โ™ฅ is โ™ฅ is โ™ฅ is โ™ฅ is โ™ฅ and today WE STAND PROUD at the Gay Pride Parade 2019 - that wonderful day when gender and sexuality in all its glorious forms is celebrated and the past & present struggles of LGBTQ+ communities are commemorated ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ. To know historical understandings and interpretations of sexual identity, gender, and love is to better appreciate our stance today and how very far we've come. So here's a super trad depiction of cupid inspiring plants with love across a tropical terrain (1805) - proof that it's an emotion so pure, even leaves and petals feel its deep goodness ๐Ÿนโ™ฅ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒฟ. #gaypride #gaypride2019 #pride19 #gayprideparade #pridemarch #pridemonth #pridemonth19 #cupid #loveislove #westandproud #proud #pride #lesbian #gay #bisexual #trans #queer #intersex #genderfluid #pansexual #ally #beproud #proudness #illustration #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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Imagine being a ghost: canโ€™t sleep, canโ€™t eat and what about chatting to those living? Only 9% of the UK population say that they have communicated with ghosts. . A 1940โ€™s Warwickshire folklorist calculated there was one ghost per square mile. That makes about 93,530 ghosts in the UK alone. Thatโ€™s a lot of lonely ghosts! . Swipe through another thought-provoking Body Squabble from resident artist @robbidder. . See all our comics in one place at http://bit.ly/bodysquabbles . . . #WellcomeCollection #histmed#history #museum #health #medicine#medicalhistory #historyofmedicine#bodysquabbles #cartoon #comic #webcomic #illustration #ghosts #spirit #ghoul #Haunting #Afterlife #spirit #demon #ouija #myth #legend #haunted #spooky

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We've unearthed this rad Art Deco image of a German health resort for your eyeballs' pleasure today. Situated in the Black Forest, this resort in Bad Wildbad, Baden-Wรผrttemberg, had a backdrop of water fountains, mountains, and what looks like a pretty inspiring sunset to convalesce in front of ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒ™โ›ฒ. #germany #healthresort #spa #r&r #rest #health #blackforest #relaxation #convalescence #imagecollection #lithograph #artdeco #1920s #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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Even when a friend might not recover, you send a โ€˜get well soonโ€™ card. But there is a kinder, more honest way. Kristin Hohenadel talks to a cancer survivor who now designs the sympathy cards she wishes sheโ€™d received during her illness. . After receiving a stage 3 Hodgkinโ€™s lymphoma diagnosis at the age of 24, @emilymcdowell_ endured nine months of chemo and radiation before going into remission. The chemo made her sick. She lost her hair. Starbucks baristas called her โ€˜sirโ€™. But it was her sense of loneliness and isolation that hurt the most, as friends and family inadvertently said the wrong things, or disappeared altogether, seemingly out of fear of not knowing what to say at all. . โ€œI was getting these terrible sympathy cards while I was sick,โ€ McDowell, now 43, said in a phone interview from Los Angeles. The cards she received were replete with platitudes and bad jokes about baldness and boob jobs, or festooned with flowers and sentiments that read like eulogies for the not yet dead. โ€˜Get well soonโ€™ cards seemed like thoughtless dares to someone who might not recover. . โ€œI was thinking, โ€˜Why do we talk this way?โ€™โ€ McDowell said. โ€œโ€˜Why are we afraid to be honest around illness? Why is this such a frightening topic and why have cards not caught up with it?โ€™โ€ . Someone should really make better cards, she recalls thinking at the time. The seed of an idea had been planted, but as a recent college graduate with a pre-existing condition in the US, a country that does not provide universal healthcare, she was preoccupied with finding a stable job that offered insurance, and she ended up working as an advertising copywriter and art director for the better part of a decade. . Then in 2011, McDowellโ€™s college roommate Amy was diagnosed with cancer and died three months later, at the age of 34. . READ MORE: bit.ly/WCStories . #WellcomeCollection #WellcomeStories #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #emilymcdowellandfriends #cancer #illness #getwellsoon #empathycards @emilyonlife

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Here's a gorgeous coloured engraving of a plan of the Royal Society's botanic gardens from 1886 to whip up some inspiration for your weekends in the sun. Enjoy! ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒปโ˜€ #garden #royalsociety #plan #flowers #green #greenliving #weekend #visits #engraving #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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Here is an adorable watercolour by Christopher D'Aton entitled 'Head of a woman with rosy cheeks' (1858) ๐Ÿ–Œ. It is part of a portfolio of images of 'outdoor patients' undergoing the process of cicatrization. We think this is just lovely and we hope she healed well. #woman #watercolour #portrait #heal #healing #scartissue #rosycheeks #beautiful #patients #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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๐Ÿ˜ธ Happy ๐Ÿ˜ป Caturday ๐Ÿ˜ฝ! Here's a police officer startling two feral felines whilst attempting to move a drinking bystander off the streets by waving his truncheon. We don't know when this print was made, but the police officer in question looks rather miffed. Perhaps he secretly wishes he was off duty and basking in the sunshine. #caturday #cat #cats #catsofinstagram #catstagram #feral #feline #police #daydrinking #saturday #vibes #saturdayvibes #mood #wellcomelibrary #print #illustration #imagecollection #librariesofinstagram

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What does dance mean to you? Would you consider your own movements to music 'dancing'. Or are they closer to a few uncoordinated reactions to rhythm? . Swipe through another thought-provoking Body Squabble from resident artist @robbidder. . See all our comics in one place at http://bit.ly/bodysquabbles . . . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #bodysquabbles #cartoon #comic #webcomic #illustration #dance #dancing #music #movement #rhythm

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Here is a Japanese woodcut circa. 1900 ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‘˜. It shows two people from Ohara, a village near Kyoto, resting whilst carrying firewood into the city. How beautiful and subtle the colours in this image are! ๐Ÿ’— A striking expression of Spring! #Japanese #woodcut #woodcutwednesday #Japan #illustration #spring #Kyoto #city #20thcentury #wellcomelibrary #imagecollection #librariesofinstagram

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Here is a watercolour of a crowned fairy king seated on a hedgehog drawn by a young girl holding a giant daisy, accompanied by dancing fairies ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป. The lettering on the reverse of the image reads: "The fate of fairies is not always enviable." I wonder if any of you out there are having quite as colourful a morning as this guy! #fairy #fairies #hedgehog #myth #mythical #creatures #tales #myths #fairytale #fairyking #hedgehogstagram #watercolour #illustration #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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Happy Monday! We hope you're as chill as this baboon, who appears to be sitting in the gardens of the Zoological Society smoking a pipe and drinking from a tankard, easing herself gently into the week ahead ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’. This etching with stipple is by W. Panormo #baboon #monkey #zoo #zoological #animals #animal #monkeylife #monday #wellcomelibrary #etching #illustration #imagecollection #librariesofinstagram

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This vibrator was made between 1900-1915. The โ€˜VeeDeeโ€™ vibratory massager, as it was known, claimed to cure colds, digestive complaints and flatulence through โ€˜curative vibrationโ€™. Instructions on the box state there was almost nothing the German-made โ€˜VeeDeeโ€™ vibrator could not cure. . The name is thought to be a pun on the Latin term, โ€˜Veni Vidi Viciโ€™ (โ€˜I came, I saw, I conqueredโ€™). During the late 1800s, massage was considered effective for combating almost any affliction. These ranged from headaches to female โ€˜hysteriaโ€™. A huge array of massage tools such as this example were advertised in magazines and newspapers. . The term 'vibrator' is now synonymous with sex. However, contrary to popular belief, these original vibrators were not created by Victorian doctors to bring women to orgasm but as a curative form of massage therapy. . Discover more of our collections online at https://wellcomecollection.org/works . Credit: Wellcome Collection/ Science Museum. . . . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #vibrator #massage #Victorian #pain

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Being a health and medicine-focused collection, we're not strangers to a skeleton or two. This รฉcorchรฉ figure has their blood vessels marked out, and is standing alongside a skeleton holding a cloth and figures representing Caucasian, Asian, Native American and African races. ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€. It was created some time in the 1800s. Search our image database for more anatomical illustrations like these: www.wellcomecollection.org/works! #medicine #health #body #anatomy #anatomical #illustrations #figure #histmed #bodies #people #european #asian #nativeamerican #african #race #18thcentury #illustration #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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You might think you're king of your hill, but have you looked at the bigger picture? . Swipe through another thought-provoking Body Squabble from resident artist @robbidder. . See all our comics in one place at http://bit.ly/bodysquabbles . . . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #bodysquabbles #cartoon #comic #webcomic #illustration #land #behave #dog #crown

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Everyone - meet the Prodigious Monster, discovered in the mountains of Zardana (in modern-day Syria) in 1655. This cyclops has multiple heads and arms, and the legs of a goat, which we suppose would be very useful for roaming the desert peaks all by yourself in the 17th century. #monster #creature #mythical #myth #spain #zardana #cyclops #goat #goatstagram #monstagram #goatlegsofinstagram #wellcomelibrary #woodcutwednesday #wednesdayvibes #imagecollection #librariesofinstagram

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Bubonic plague swept through Hong Kong from May to September 1894, claiming 2,500 lives. The Hong Kong authorities awarded this medal to nurses, civil servants, police, and British army and naval personnel who helped the crown colony during the epidemic. The medal shows a Chinese man lying on a bed being tended to by a female nurse while a man holds off the winged figure of Death. The Chinese characters on the left hand side spell out the name of the colony. . This medal was awarded to Private S Abbey of the Kingโ€™s Shropshire Light Infantry who served in Hong Kong during the epidemic. Overall 400 men and women received this medal. However, British army personnel were not authorised to wear them on their uniforms. . Discover more of our collections online at https://wellcomecollection.org/works . Credit: Wellcome Collection/ Science Museum. . . . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #medal #HongKong #plague #bubonicplague #BritishArmy #nurse #army

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This gouache painting is of a Greek open-air shower baths for men ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ›€. The text underneath reads: "Shower baths for both men and women were known in Greece - here are seen men standing under water which spouts from two stone panthers' heads - on either side and others anointing themselves". Fresh! #bath #baths #shower #clean #hygiene #publicbaths #greece #ancienthistory #histmed #wash #washing #water #bathing #gouache #painting #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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This wooden memento mori shows an unfortunate woman with half a head (and half a skull). Made in Italy in the 19th century, this type of figure was intended to remind people about the shortness of life and the inevitability of death. A skull was used to represent death from the 1500s onwards, replacing the older image of a skeleton leading a living person to their fate. . Discover more of our collections online at https://wellcomecollection.org/works . Credit: Wellcome Collection/ Science Museum. . . . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #mementomori #death #skeleton #vanitas #skull

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Happy โ˜€ Saturday โ˜€ everyone! Here's an engraving of a small deer with a very *ahem* interesting tongue. ENJOY! #saturday #vibes #saturdayvibes #mood #weekend #deer #engraving #weirdtongue #๐Ÿ† #bronze #head #illustration #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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When self-loathing explodes like lava, leaving ashes all over your self-confidence. Swipe through our angsty comic by resident artist @robbidder. See all our comics in one place at http://bit.ly/bodysquabbles #WellcomeCollection #cartoon #comic #webcomic #illustration #bodysquabbles #angsty #health #histmed

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Here is a promotional poster from Poland, dated 1929. In the poster, a patient is being treated by a physician for an accidental injury. On the wall in the background, behind the patient's head, is a list headed "Spis Lekarzy [list of doctors]", along with a calendar produced by an insurance organisation. This list of approved doctors emphasises that the physician shown is one of the approved professionals carrying out official work, promoting officially recognised medical work rather than self-treatment and domestic remedies. #poland #doctor #physician #histmed #insurance #medicine #injury #injuryclaim #patient #wellcomelibrary #print #poster #posterart #imagecollection #illustration #librariesofinstagram

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This cardboard and plastic model, made in 1974-76, shows type 5 of the adenovirus. . Discovered in 1953, there are over 50 types of adenovirus known, with different strains causing different illnesses ranging from conjunctivitis, gastroenteritis and infections in the respiratory tract including pneumonia. A body must fight off an adenovirus itself as antibiotics are ineffective. . Although there is currently no vaccine available to the general public, a vaccine for adenovirus types 4 and 7 (for the prevention of febrile acute respiratory disease) was approved by the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in 2011...but only for U.S. military personnel. . Meanwhile, modified forms of the virus are being developed to treat genetic diseases and fight cancer. . Discover more of our collections online at https://wellcomecollection.org/works . Credit: Wellcome Collection/ Science Museum. . . . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #virus #adenovirus #microbiology #virology #medstudent #influenza

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This is Hanuman, the monkey god, who has brought a batch of the Himalayan mountain herb sanjeevani (along with the mountain itself!) to cure Lakshman ๐Ÿ™Šโ™ฅ๐Ÿ”. When Lakshman, Rama's younger brother was fatally wounded, the only cure was sanjeevani which grew on the Dunagiri mountain. In a hurry, Hanuman could not find the herb and so carried the entire mountain back to save him. Quite a feat for a Tuesday morning! This is a watercolour painting from India, dated around 1800. #hanuman #monkeygod #spirituality #spirits #monkey #animals #brother #brotherlylove #rescue #stories #watercolour #illustration #imagecollection #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram

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Alligators like this one - made in England sometime during the 19th century - were once commonly hung from the ceilings of apothecary shops. They appear to have been symbols associated with the profession and one was even mentioned by William Shakespeare who, in Romeo and Juliet, describes an apothecary in which hangs โ€œan alligator stuffโ€™d, and other skins of ill-shaped fishesโ€. Apothecaries and barber-surgeons were close professions and the latter also had similar creatures on display in their premises. . Discover more of our collections online at https://wellcomecollection.org/works . Credit: Wellcome Collection/ Science Museum. . . . #WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #health #medicine #medicalhistory #historyofmedicine #alligator #apothecary #pharmacy #shakespeare #symbolism

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๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹ Good morning, World! Here is a print of Queen Victoria signing to a deaf person, circa 1890. Text accompanying the image states that 'some years ago a deaf and dumb woman named Mrs Tuffield resided with her parents, who had charge of the Post Office at Osborne, Isle of Wight, 1874. Her maiden name was Bective Groves, and on account of her husband's cruelty, she had been obliged to leave him. In her usual kind of way Her Majesty the Queen was in the habit of visiting this deaf mute, and took great pleasure in trying to lighten her sorrow by talking to her by means of the finger alphabet. Her Majesty lately corroborated this story, and at the same time mentioned that she is not now so proficient in the Silent Language.' #deaf #signlanguage #signing #language #hearingloss #histmed #queenvictoria #royalty #queen #royal #wellcomelibrary #illustration #print #imagecollection #librariesofinstagram

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F is for Fitness! Here's some wise words from Fougasse (who loved a bit of alliteration) to help get you up and moving this weekend, just in case you didn't get round to it yesterday ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‹๏ธ. #mood #vibes #weekendvibes #friyay #friday #saturyay #saturday #saturdaymood #saturdayvibes #exercise #fitness #workout #health #energy #pushit #spring #feels #publichealth #posters #wellcomelibrary #librariesofinstagram #libraryfinds #graphicdesign #workoutmotivation #fitness