Blood, Bones and Brains: The History of Biomedical Science

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March 28, 2019  

Laboratory Equipment for all the Family.

Hi Listeners. I guess I should apologise for my tardiness, Sorry. 

Anyway, no real sources this week, but some links to photos of microscopes of various types. 

The Logo for this week is an edited photo of my own.


And as always, great thanks to Kyle David Smith's immense talents. 

February 25, 2019  

The Liberal Reformation: The Early History of the NHS

Hello again, you fine people! 

Today's podcast is a touch-and-go history of British Healthcare between 1850 ish and 1942 as a foundation for more of the topics we will be discussing in the future. 

The images taken from various places across the internet are of 1) Otto Von Bismarck, 2) David Lloyd-George, 3) Winston Churchill and 4) William Beveridge. 

My sources this week have been of course Wikipedia but also:

1. Abel-Smith B. The Beveridge Report: Its origins and outcomes. Int Soc Secur Rev. 1992;45(1‐2):5-16. doi:10.1111/j.1468-246X.1992.tb00900.x

2. Jefferys K. British Politics and Social Policy during the Second World War. Hist J. 1987;30(1):123-144. doi:DOI: 10.1017/S0018246X00021944

3. Campbell GG. Payment and Philanthropy in British Healthcare, 1918–48 : . PB  - Manchester University Press; 2017.


Excellent all. 

And finally, The theme tune was written by Kyle David Smith 


February 12, 2019  

Introduction and Anton Van Leeuwenhoek

Hello there, this is the first episode of my new project Blood, Bones and Brains. In this I am outlining the major concepts I want to cover and doing a brief biography and extolling of the 'father' of microbiology, Anton Van Leeuwenhoek. 

Theme tune written and performed by Kyle David Smith. 

Photo taken from Wikipedia at

Anton's letters that appear in philosophical transactions can be found by searching the Royal Society Archives, be warned these are scanned images that have OCS overlayed, not transcriptions.

As for the other information the biolographical information came from a variety of sources, Wikipedia through to dutch national archives, these can be found by simple searching his name in Google.

Lane N. The unseen world: reflections on Leeuwenhoek (1677) ‘Concerning little animals’. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2015;370(1666):20140344. doi:10.1098/rstb.2014.0344

 Dobell C. A protozoological bicentenary: Antony van leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) and louis joblot (1645-1723). Parasitology. 1923;15(3):308-319. doi:10.1017/S0031182000

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Missing Microscopes, Objectivity:




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