A free museum and library exploring health and human experience
We publish thought-provoking books exploring health and human experiences. Our latest titles include ‘Free for All’, an urgent call to arms in defence of our NHS by bestselling author and GP, Gavin Francis.
The Wellcome Collection shop stocks unique books and gifts inspired by our collection and exhibition themes.
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A nasty history of the vaginal speculum
The vaginal speculum carries the weight of generations of preconceptions about morality, blame and attitudes to pain. Lalita Kaplish explores the history of the implement and how societies shaped its use.
Menopause can be tough when nobody talks about it and all the stereotypes are negative, but it can also be transformative, marking the start of a new stage of life - cronehood.
Are you still nursing?
Julia Martins might get the side-eye for breastfeeding a three-year-old in the UK but, as she explains, examples from history, as well as the cultural norms of Brazil, where she grew up, are firmly on the side of extended nursing.