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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press (21 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714127949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714127941
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 602,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautifully produced, lavishly illustrated and modestly priced, this is a splendid book that provides a stimulating introduction to its subject."
-- British Journal for the History of Science, June 2005

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With a particular interest in anthropology and the history of medicine, and with ambitions to create a 'Museum of Man', Henry Wellcome (1853 - 1936) built up one of the world's largest but least known museum collections: it has been estimated that in 1930 it was some five times the size of the Louvre. Now scattered among numerous institutions and studied in a wide range of disciplines, the collection spans centuries and continents, and includes both the beautiful and the banal. This book will explore its contribution to contemporary understandings of health and wellbeing, providing along the way an intriguing insight into the history of collecting. Following an introduction to Wellcome and his 'phantom museum', seven lively, personal and thought-provoking essays by experts in each of the fields represented will use different corners of his collection to make connections with contemporary issues and to show how meaning is created from the stuff of the past. Designed to convey the astonishing scale and breathtaking range of subject-matter encompassed by the collection, Medicine Man will be a visual and intellectual feast.

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By G.I.Forbes on 28 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
This the story of Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) an American pharmacist who set up in 1913 the Museum of Man in London to coincide with the 17th International Congress of Medicine.The museum which continued to expand contained thousands ofc specamins relating to medical history and anthropology.The text deals with various facets of the history of the museumand is excellent but it is the illustrations which are coutstanding,items and artefacts are shone here which are unbelieveable.The book was published in 2003 the 150th nniversy of Wellcomes birth and to coincide with an exhibition at the British Museum.
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By S. Main on 12 Sept. 2011
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Very enjoyable. Fascinating man and collection, if you like this book you should definately go to see the Wellcome Collection in London.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tasha on 13 April 2008
Format: Paperback
From those who have read this book (I haven't) would you still consider it relevant with the opening of the Wellcome collection in London, now displaying the majority of his collection and becoming very well known? Is there more to this book than the status of the museum? I would just like some feedbock so I know whether to buy it or not.

Tasha.
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Great Photographic Collection 26 Sept. 2011
By K. Koltai - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I cannot say how many times I have looked through this book. I was lucky enough to see a museum exhibit of Henry Wellcome's collection at a museum in London and I bought this book there. It is a great collection of photos and some essays cataloging some of the most interesting items in the collection. I never get bored of skimming through this book, now 8 years later. There are great color photographs. I kind of wish there was more text to the book, I'm not really not complaining because of the quality and quantity of visual information. For anyone who loves medical oddities, this a book to have and keep for years.
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