In the Wellcome Library: Stoddart and Smart

During today’s post-lunch recovery phase at the Wellcome Library, I found a short book by William Henry Butter Stoddart (1868-1950) an eminent practitioner in the field of ‘mental diseases’ in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His 1908 textbook The Mind and its Disorders was a key text for doctors interested in emerging ideas about psychology … More In the Wellcome Library: Stoddart and Smart

In the Wellcome Libary: garden chalets and custard

The reading rooms at the Wellcome Library in Euston Road are airier and cooler (in all senses of the word) alternatives to the sometimes oppressive gloom and shuffling-noises of Rare Books and Music at the British Library. The only problem is that there are so many enticing titles staring at me from the shelves that … More In the Wellcome Libary: garden chalets and custard

A fate worse than death? Facial injuries and facial reconstruction at the King George Military hospital

The pioneering surgeon Harold Delf Gillies was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1882. During the Great War he developed astonishing techniques of surgical facial reconstruction for troops who had suffered devastating facial injuries.  The collection of drawings and photographs of his patients is part of the Gillies Archive at St Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup (formerly … More A fate worse than death? Facial injuries and facial reconstruction at the King George Military hospital