Author(s): Antony Gould
The Wellcome Library is one of the most extraordinary libraries in the world. Devoted to the history and understanding of medicine, this massive and eclectic hoard was collected in the early 20th century by the eccentric and vastly wealthy businessman Henry S. Wellcome. Since Wellcome's death in 1936, the Library has continued to grow. Open to the public, it is a rich and unparalleled resource of over a million items spanning 3000 years, in which rare and surprising objects from anthropology, folk art, alchemy and witchcraft jostle for space alongside more conventional medical records and archives. This book is a fascinating introduction to the Library's special collections. Short, self-contained chapters offer lively snapshots of their quality and variety, guiding the reader through some of the Library's wonders, and giving brief glimpses of many more.
"My plans exist in my mind like a jigsaw puzzle, and gradually I shall be able to piece it together" Henry S. Wellcome"
Tony Gould was for many years a BBC radio producer and literary editor of New Society magazine. He is a writer and reviewer, and two of his books, A Summer Plague: Polio and Its Survivors and Don't Fence Me In: Leprosy in Modern Times, drew on research he carried out in the Wellcome Library.