Friday, 30 October 2009

Gems from the Collections

Staff and students of the School are invited to take a closer look at items from the fascinating historical collections held by the Library & Archives Service.

On Monday 9th November, between 1pm and 2pm in the e-library (opposite the Manson Lecture Theatre on the ground floor of the South Courtyard), the Library & Archives Service is holding a ‘Gems from the Collections’ session where staff will be available to show you some of the rare and unique documents, artefacts and books that are held in the collections.

There is no need to make an appointment, just drop in and see us in the e-library and find out more about the School’s historical collections. For further information please contact Victoria Cranna, Archivist & Records Manager.

Material on show will include:

The notebook where Sir Ronald Ross recorded his discovery of the mosquito transmission of malaria.

A first edition of Edward Jenner’s controversial "An Inquiry Into the Causes and Effects of the Variolæ Vaccinæ" from 1798.

Richard Doll and Austin Bradford Hill's initial 1950 paper on smoking and carcinoma of the lung from the BMJ online.

The box used to transport malaria infected mosquitoes from Italy to London for an experiment by Sir Patrick Manson in 1901.

"A Collection of the Yearly Bills of Mortality from 1657 to 1758 inclusive" (1759), covering the plague and the great fire of London.

Photographs of staff and students from the 1900s, giving an insight into the early days of the School.

John Snow's original pamphlet "On the Mode of Communication of Cholera" (1849) setting out his ideas regarding the transmission of the disease, which were to be confirmed by the Soho outbreak of 1854. Snow's much expanded work of 1855, which includes his map of the 1854 outbreak, will also be on show.

The joint diary of the entomologist Geoffrey Douglas Hale Carpenter and his wife Amy Frances Carpenter, recording their travels and experiences, including entries from their trips to Uganda for his research on sleeping sickness between 1913 and 1930.

The first edition of Sir Patrick Manson's "Tropical Diseases : a Manual of the Diseases of Warm Climates" (1898).

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