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‘The toad is slow to let you know’

October 2016

As Parliament debates the hormonal pregnancy test Primodos and its alleged links to birth defects, Jesse Olszynko-Gryn places the drug in the history of pregnancy testing and asks why the British government took so long to ban it.

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High-Rise

March 2016

As High-Rise opens in British cinemas, Jesse Olszynko-Gryn writes in the Guardian’s H-Word blog about how J.G. Ballard’s novel reflected contemporary animal research and fears of urban overcrowding.

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From Rubella to Zika

January 2016

Salim Al-Gailani writes at the Guardian H-Word blog about how the history of German measles can help us understand the Zika epidemic today.

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Should we be having babies at 20? Lessons from the past

October 2015

We tend to see infertility as a wholly modern concern, but Leah Astbury suggests we can learn something from the 17th century.

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Jim Secord discusses his GTR project

23 September 2013

Jim Secord, Principal Investigator, discusses his work on the Darwin Correspondence Project.

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Leah Astbury discusses her GTR project

Leah Astbury discusses her work on pregnancy and childbirth in early modern England

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Martin Johnson discusses his GTR project

29 July 2013

Martin Johnson, Principal Investigator, discusses his work on the history of IVF.

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Much ado about babies

23 July 2013

Leah Astbury looks at narratives of reproduction in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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Peter Jones discusses his GTR project

16 July 2013

Peter Jones, Principal Investigator, discusses his work on medieval medical books.

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John Forrester discusses his GTR project

8 July 2013

John Forrester, Principal Investigator, discusses his work on Robert Stoller and gender identity.

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Mary of Modena: A Royal Scandal lecture podcast

25 June 2013

Podcast of the second lecture in the public lecture series Born to Rule: Royal Births in Tudor and Stuart England

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Henry VIII: The Quest for an Heir lecture podcast

18 June 2013

Podcast of the first lecture in the public lecture series Born to Rule: Royal Births in Tudor and Stuart England

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Jesse Olszynko-Gryn on BBC Radio 4: Making History

16 April 2013

Tuesday 16 April, 3:00pm
BBC Radio 4

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Peter Jones on BBC2 Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History

8 April 2013

Monday 8 April, 9:00pm
BBC2

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Frog Pregnancy Testing

24 July 2012

Jesse Olszynko-Gryn discusses the history of pregnancy testing.

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Medieval Medical Reference Book

24 July 2012

Peter Jones, Principal Investigator on Generation to Reproduction, talks about a medieval vade mecum or medical reference book. The book is held in the library of King’s College, Cambridge. It includes notes on treatments and cures for a range of disorders, including those relating to fertility and pregnancy. The book is a valuable resource for [...]

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The Sekeness of Wymmen

3 July 2011

A 15th century medical text

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Multimedia Embryos

3 July 2011

Embryology and its objects

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Sexual Selections

2 July 2011

When Charles Darwin was completing the book that became the Descent of Man (1871), the idea that humans had descended from a tree-dwelling primate had been widely—though not universally—accepted. One of the biggest problems he faced in reaching his wide audience was sex. The first part of his manuscript dealt with broad issues of human evolution; but [...]

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A Book of Ominous Births, 650 BC

1 July 2011

    Translation:   ‘If a woman gives birth and the baby has lion’s ears: there will be a strong king in the land.   If a woman gives birth and the baby has no right ear: the prince’s days will end.   If a woman gives birth and the baby has no left ear: [...]

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