Monday, 7 November 2011

Pioneers: discoveries and breakthroughs in public health and tropical medicine

Box of blood slides used by Sir Ronald Ross for his research into the mosquito transmission of malaria. Image credit: LSHTM

Staff and students are invited to have a closer look at the wonderful historical collections that are held at the School. On Wednesday 16th November, between 12pm and 2pm 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 we hold relating to important breakthroughs and discoveries in the fields of public health and tropical medicine. Material on show will include:

• A first edition of Edward Jenner’s book on smallpox vaccination from 1798, with annotations by the Southampton Anti-Vaccination League
• The notebook where Sir Ronald Ross made his discovery of the mosquito transmission of malaria on 20 August 1897
• The box used to transport malaria infected mosquitoes from Italy to London for an experiment by Sir Patrick Manson which demonstrated Ross’ 1897 discovery
• Map by John Snow showing cholera cases in the London epidemic of 1854

There is no need to make an appointment, just drop by and see us outside the Manson Lecture Theatre and find out more about the School's historical collections.

For further information, please contact Emma Golding, Assistant Archivist at

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