Our books

Wellcome Collection publishes books that relate to our exhibitions, collections and areas of interest.

All books

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A Heavy Reckoning explores the modern reality of medicine and injury in wartime, giving insights into the limits of human life.

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Sound draws on the extraordinary experience of losing your hearing and - as Bella Bathurst eventually did - getting it back.

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A gruesome yet captivating look at the evolution of dentistry, from the extraction of rotting teeth to the pursuit of the perfect smile.

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A wide-ranging look at the voices in all our heads, examining how we think and what it means for our lives and sense of self.

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A moving, wise and ultimately life-affirming account of one man's journey into blindness.

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A dark, fascinating and endlessly curious exploration of human and animal cannibalism.

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Animal Vegetable Mineral celebrates the beauty and strangeness of ordering systems used to classify nature in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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An insightful, honest account of the process of therapy from bestselling author and psychotherapist Susie Orbach.

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An evocatively illustrated exploration of the evolution of the asylum and attitudes towards people with lived experience of mental distress.

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The story of the Indian people, in sickness and in health; a unique perspective on the most diverse and fascinating country in the world.

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Your voice is a powerful instrument. You use it every single day, but do you know how to look after it? Or to get the best out of it?

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A collection of literature, science and art delving into the mysteries of human consciousness, with an introduction by Mark Haddon.

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Crucial Interventions is a captivating look at the early history of surgery, one of the world’s most mysterious and macabre professions.

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The accompanying book to Alice Anderson: Memory Movement Memory Objects.

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A profoundly important and moving new book from Atul Gawande.

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Both a user's guide to the body and a celebration of its elegance, this book will transform the way you think about being alive.

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Sex by Numbers is an informed, entertaining and eye-opening look at the most enduring of human obsessions.

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The book examines techniques - from DNA analysis to entomology to digital evidence - that experts use to solve crimes.

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The Sick Rose is a beautifully gruesome and strangely fascinating visual tour through disease in an age before colour photography.

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Disturbing, macabre and moving, this beautifully clothbound book examines our enduring desire to make peace with death.

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This fully illustrated and fascinating exploration of the brain has been published to tie in with the ‘Brains’ exhibition.

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'High Society' explores the spectrum of mind-altering substances across the globe and throughout history.

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For thousands of years artists have played a special role in the human quest to understand anatomy, health and disease.

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20 large-format postcards of unique and charming Mexican votive paintings.

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Dirt is waste, excrement, rubbish - but what then is soil? Is cleanliness next to godliness - or sterility?

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This book explores the philosophical, biological, historical and sociopolitical issues underlying our conception of self.

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'Madness and Modernity' sets out to chart the theme of madness across a variety of territories in Vienna in 1900.

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'Medical London' charts the many roles that diseases, treatments and cures have played in the city's sprawling story.

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'War and Medicine' seeks to understand the complex relationship between medical advances and armed conflict.

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A 64-page book including all of the burial site photographs commissioned for the exhibition.

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'Sleeping and Dreaming' takes a fresh look at the apparently simple questions of why humans need to sleep and dream.

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Received First Prize in the popular medicine category for the 2008 Medical Book Awards sponsored by the British Medical Association.

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This book examines what faces really tell us, what makes them unique, and how art and science transform them.

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An anthology of stories, true and imagined, inspired by objects from Henry Wellcome's collection.

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This lavishly illustrated book celebrates the variety and beauty of the Asian collections preserved in the Wellcome Library.