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Earliest Hospitals and Tropical Medicine

Earliest Hospitals and Tropical Medicine

The history of hospitals extends over 2500 years, shown by early documents and archaeological evidence. In many parts of the world there were healing centres where the nature of the treatment provided varied according to local social and cultural norms.

In early Greek and Roman…

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A lifetime of books

A lifetime of books
Reaching one’s seventieth birthday, it is natural to look back over a lifetime of experiences. An interesting feature of which is the link to libraries, library services and books in general. Entering my eighth decade, I find myself still involved with library work, though the…

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Tree of knowledge, Queen V and a little library

Kalutara Bo Tree

Another member the ficus family of trees (see Library blog post “Rubber snakes”, 4/3/2014) is the Bo, or Bodhi, tree (ficus religiosa). The word “budh” or “bodhi” is associated with knowledge, wisdom and enlightenment. These trees, venerated by Buddhists & Hindus, are all said to…

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Rubber snakes

One of the most common indoor potted plants is the rubber plant (Ficus elastica). There are two rubber plants in the Library, one at each end of the main Reading Room. They have been here for about ten years, and during that time, have been pruned on several occasions. Cuttings…

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