Animals have always been essential to medicine. From cross-species viruses that bring modern pandemics to animal models in research laboratories, the fate of humans appears historically to have been closely bound up with that of other living creatures, often to the detriment of the latter. This was especially so in burns medicine, a field in … Continue reading The Wilder Side of Skin Grafting
Shane Ewen, Co-Investigator on the Forged by Fire project, reports on a recent research trip to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in Birmingham. Some of the best finds in the archives are those we don’t expect. On a recent research trip to the headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protection of … Continue reading The history of safety campaigns and material culture; or, what historical significance does the humble serviette hold?
Christmas is filled to the brim with cultural rituals, which add symbolic meaning and colour to the holiday season. These include putting up the Christmas tree and dressing it in colourful decorations, gorging on rich and fatty foods, and gift-giving. These rites are all steeped in history – the modern Christmas was ‘the festival of the family’, … Continue reading “‘Tis the season to be jolly” – and safe from fires and burns: lessons from history
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