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Looking for intriguing short stories of medicine, modern and old, to browse a while?

Sickle (in front, orange) and normal red blood cell. Sickle cell anaemia is a genetically-inherited trait that affects red blood cells that provided resistance to malaria. (Source Wellcome Images, available under Creative Commons licence.)

Sickle (in front, orange) and normal red blood cell. Sickle cell anaemia is a genetically-inherited trait that affects red blood cells but provides resistance to malaria. (Source: Wellcome Images, available under Creative Commons licence.)

Check out the Wellcome Collection.

Billed as ’a free destination for the incurably curious’, it presents a collection of excellent photographs and accompanying stories.

Under different sections (Life, Genes & You, Mind and Body, Sickness & Health, Time & Place, Science & Art, Education), a panel of images link to stories, videos and audio tracks. Click on images to see larger copies of them.

There is a recording of Florence of Nightingale, speaking from 1890, transcribed from a wax cylinder original.

Fans of the TV series Bones, might enjoy a video describing how bones are examined, including how to determine the age and sex of skeletons.

Freelance science writer, editor and broadcaster Georgina Ferry gives a brief history of X-ray crystallography. Ferry is also the author of Max Perutz and the Secret of Life, that I hope to review. (When I can find time to read it…!)

In a room filled with skulls of the famous, the phrenologist Gall examines Pitt the Younger and Gustavus IV, the King of Sweden, both currently plagued by Napoléon. Coloured etching, 1806. (Source: Wellcome Images, available under Creative Commons licence.)

In a room filled with skulls of the famous, the phrenologist Gall examines Pitt the Younger and Gustavus IV, the King of Sweden, both currently plagued by Napoléon. Coloured etching, 1806. (Source: Wellcome Images, available under Creative Commons licence.)

The Wellcome Trust also has a medical library, including the Wellcome Images collection, that the Wellcome Collection website draws on.

Happy browsing!

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