What better on a Monday morning in May than a trio of web links for a little edification and entertainment?
Many thanks to John Lienhard for bringing his web site, Engines of Our Ingenuity, to my attention last week. Though Lienhard's main interest is in the history of engineering, there are stories aplenty for medical historians, including vignettes on the Broad Street pump, the Black Death, and blood banking, among others.
Only a few days remain in the Wellcome Collection's very interesting exhibition Life Before Death, with photos by Walter Schels and text by journalist Beata Lakotta.
And keep your eye on the development of the online Bassett Collection from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The images, originally created by anatomist David Bassett and View-Master photographer William Gruber, became instant classics when they were published between the 1940s and 1960s, with physicians reportedly lining up to hear the men speak at conferences. While the full collection will, apparently, be available by subscription only, the sample images alone are worth a look.