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A Dysfunctional Diaspora? Causes and consequences of mental illness among (mainly) British immigrants to Canada, c. 1870 – c. 1914

By Marjory Harper A transient tradesman In December 1911 Jack[1], a thirty-nine-year-old Scot, was admitted to the British Columbia Provincial Hospital in New Westminster with delusions and auditory hallucinations. After leaving school at the age of eleven, Jack had worked

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A Dysfunctional Diaspora? Causes and consequences of mental illness among (mainly) British immigrants to Canada, c. 1870 – c. 1914

By Marjory Harper A transient tradesman In December 1911 Jack[1], a thirty-nine-year-old Scot, was admitted to the British Columbia Provincial Hospital in New Westminster with delusions and auditory hallucinations. After leaving school at the age of eleven, Jack had worked

Fig. 1: Case label at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow showing the cataloguing system used by William Hunter. Courtesy of the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow.

The Scale of Blood

By Darren N. Wagner [1] “A” is for “Blood” Examining blood has been instrumental to Western medical practice since antiquity, but methods and technologies for observing blood have changed dramatically, and so too have the social meanings of blood. I

Fig. 1: Case label at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow showing the cataloguing system used by William Hunter. Courtesy of the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow.

The Scale of Blood

By Darren N. Wagner [1] “A” is for “Blood” Examining blood has been instrumental to Western medical practice since antiquity, but methods and technologies for observing blood have changed dramatically, and so too have the social meanings of blood. I

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Listening between the Lines: Patient Resistance in the Case Histories of William Smellie

By Marcia Nichols Eighteenth-century obstetrics pioneer William Smellie’s textbook, A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Midwifery (1752-1764), recounted his practice of more than 40 years in Scotland and London.[i] The case histories offer a rich treasure trove of information

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Listening between the Lines: Patient Resistance in the Case Histories of William Smellie

By Marcia Nichols Eighteenth-century obstetrics pioneer William Smellie’s textbook, A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Midwifery (1752-1764), recounted his practice of more than 40 years in Scotland and London.[i] The case histories offer a rich treasure trove of information

Fig. 3: Corrosion cast of a dog heart (mid-20th century). These anatomical preparations were made by injecting colored plastics into the vasculature of dissected hearts. The tissue was then dissolved using a corrosive chemical. Dr. Arthur Vineberg (1930–88) of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal made these preparations while developing methods of arterial and ventricular implants. Maude Abbott Medical Museum Collection.

Knowing Blood: Medical Observations, Fluid Meanings/Sang sens: observations médicales, interprétations fluides

An exhibition in English and French at the Osler Library of the History of Medicine By Darren N. Wagner and Nick Whitfield Knowing Blood is an exhibition that explores the fundamental role of observation in shaping the medical meanings of

Fig. 3: Corrosion cast of a dog heart (mid-20th century). These anatomical preparations were made by injecting colored plastics into the vasculature of dissected hearts. The tissue was then dissolved using a corrosive chemical. Dr. Arthur Vineberg (1930–88) of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal made these preparations while developing methods of arterial and ventricular implants. Maude Abbott Medical Museum Collection.

Knowing Blood: Medical Observations, Fluid Meanings/Sang sens: observations médicales, interprétations fluides

An exhibition in English and French at the Osler Library of the History of Medicine By Darren N. Wagner and Nick Whitfield Knowing Blood is an exhibition that explores the fundamental role of observation in shaping the medical meanings of

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“For the blood is the life:”* Dracula and the Victorian Politics of Blood

By Travis Lau How do we begin to historicize blood as a fluid material and as a symbol that has the potential to bear a “social life”[1] beyond the body? This essay employs Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) as a case

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“For the blood is the life:”* Dracula and the Victorian Politics of Blood

By Travis Lau How do we begin to historicize blood as a fluid material and as a symbol that has the potential to bear a “social life”[1] beyond the body? This essay employs Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) as a case

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What Kind of a Morph Are You? Biotypology in Transit, 1920s-1960s

By Alexandra Minna Stern What kind of morph are you: an ectomorph, mesomorph or endomorph? Today these terms have niche popularity in fitness and bodybuilding circles, providing people with information to tailor their workout regimes and monitor protein and carbohydrate

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What Kind of a Morph Are You? Biotypology in Transit, 1920s-1960s

By Alexandra Minna Stern What kind of morph are you: an ectomorph, mesomorph or endomorph? Today these terms have niche popularity in fitness and bodybuilding circles, providing people with information to tailor their workout regimes and monitor protein and carbohydrate

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Denver’s One-Lung Army: Disease, Disability, and Debility in a Frontier City

By Jacqueline Antonovich In 1879 the famous showman, P.T. Barnum joked that, “Coloradoans are the most disappointed people I ever saw. Two-thirds of them come here to die and they can’t do it.”[1] Barnum was referring to Colorado’s growing reputation

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Denver’s One-Lung Army: Disease, Disability, and Debility in a Frontier City

By Jacqueline Antonovich In 1879 the famous showman, P.T. Barnum joked that, “Coloradoans are the most disappointed people I ever saw. Two-thirds of them come here to die and they can’t do it.”[1] Barnum was referring to Colorado’s growing reputation