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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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.
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.
We tend to see infertility as a wholly modern concern, but Leah Astbury suggests we can learn something from the 17th century.
Jim Secord, Principal Investigator, discusses his work on the Darwin Correspondence Project.
Leah Astbury discusses her work on pregnancy and childbirth in early modern England
Martin Johnson, Principal Investigator, discusses his work on the history of IVF.
Leah Astbury looks at narratives of reproduction in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Peter Jones, Principal Investigator, discusses his work on medieval medical books.
John Forrester, Principal Investigator, discusses his work on Robert Stoller and gender identity.
Podcast of the second lecture in the public lecture series Born to Rule: Royal Births in Tudor and Stuart England
Podcast of the first lecture in the public lecture series Born to Rule: Royal Births in Tudor and Stuart England
Tuesday 16 April, 3:00pm
BBC Radio 4
Monday 8 April, 9:00pm
Jesse Olszynko-Gryn discusses the history of pregnancy testing.
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 [...]
A 15th century medical text
Embryology and its objects
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 [...]
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: [...]
Cambridge historians of medicine and biology are using a Wellcome strategic award to take a concerted approach to the history of reproduction. The cross-disciplinary group of researchers will offer fresh perspectives on issues ranging from ancient fertility rites to IVF. Building on a lively field of historical investigation, this will provide a fresh basis for policy and public debate.