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Collection of the Month for April – George Macdonald

April 25th is Malaria Day, and as a result, the collection of the month here at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine archives is the Macdonald Collection. George Macdonald was born in 1903 in Sheffield, the son of J Smyth Macdonald (Professor of physiology). George Macdonald went on…

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The hobbies of 1960s male middle aged civil servants

The Whitehall Study questionnaire’s main purpose was to measure cardiovascular and respiratory health and other associated risk factors, namely smoking habits. The questionnaire was also designed to capture associated risk factors including existing medical conditions, signs of diabetes and physical activity, which initially focused on the volunteer’s commute…

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Pedometer challenge meets male middle aged civil servants from 1970s

 

The belief that ’10,000’ steps is good for you is relatively ingrained fitness lore worldwide. The belief has spread through high profile global step fitness challenges and the prevalence of relatively cheap, accurate digital step counters. However, before we all became fixated with collecting our own personal health…

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Collection of the Month – James T. Duncan (1884-1958)

 

It may surprise you to learn that the collection of the month for March consists of only one file, notes made by mycologist James T. Duncan on the ‘Principles of standardisation of agglutinable cultures’.

Who was James T. Duncan?

James T. Duncan was born in Dublin in 1884 and…

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WHO: World Hearing Day – Sir Ronald Ross’ Earplugs

Today, the World Health Organisation celebrates ‘World Hearing Day’. This year’s theme is “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment” with the aim to draw attention to the economic impact of hearing loss.

To celebrate this day, here at the London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine (LSHTM…

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Assetbank – the School’s new digital asset management system

Assetbank is the School’s new digital asset management system which enables staff and students to access the rich resources of the School’s images and other digital assets. These range from:

Historical images held in the archives
Images of the building, events and people taken by the School Photographer…

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Introduction to the Whitehall Study cataloguing project

This is the first blog in a series relating to the cataloguing of the health survey of male civil servants aged 40 and over, more commonly known as the Whitehall Study. For this initial post, I will outline the project goals, what the Whitehall study was all about and what…

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Collection of the month – Charles Wilcocks

As we enter into February and Valentine’s Day approaches, I decided to research a collection that included information on the heart. What I found was a fascinating collection that has been chosen to be the collection of the month here at the LSHTM archives. This collection is the Dr…

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100th Anniversary of the Silvertown Explosion

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Silvetown Explosion, where, on the evening of January 19th 1917, 50 tonnes of trinitrotoluene exploded after efforts to extinguish a fire in one of the factory melt pots failed. The explosion killed 73 people, injured more than 400 and instantly destroyed an estimated…

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Bloomsbury Data Week

Bloomsbury Data Week: 16-20 January 2017

The LSHTM Research Data Management Service are organising a series of events with our counterparts at SOAS and Birkbeck to celebrate research data in its various forms. Join us during 16-20th January 2017 for the following events. Read more