Itching Without End in the Early Modern Period

  • Seminar
Photograph of Dr  Kathleen Walker-Meikle sitting at a table in front of manuscripts from Wellcome Collection.
Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle, Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

What you’ll do

Hear Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle discuss how early modern people – and their animals – suffered from itching and scabs on their bodies. Using a range of Wellcome manuscripts and early printed books, she will examine how mange and scabies were understood as internally caused diseases that manifested themselves on the skin.

Following presentations from our speakers, there will be an opportunity to discuss their ideas.

About your speaker

Photograph of Kathleen Walker-Meikle

Kathleen Walker-Meikle

Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle is Research Fellow on the Wellcome Trust-funded ‘Renaissance Skin: 1450–1700’ project at King’s College London. Her research interests include medicine, natural history and magic, concentrating particularly on the relationship between animals and humans.


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We’ll be in the Viewing Room. It’s next to the Library entrance on level 2, which you can reach by taking the lift or the stairs.

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