The Early Modern Commons

the generous georgian: dr richard mead

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Poisonous Experiments

24 November 2014

Photo of the descending floor of the cave In 1695 Mead set out on a Grand Tour of Italy. He visited the curious Grotta del Cane near Naples and noted its strange ‘venomous exhalations’....

Venomous Exhalations

17 November 2014

Photo of the descending floor of the cave Dr Mead was fascinated by venom from the very start of his career. While at Leiden University, he took an interest in poisons and their anecdotes,...

The Foundling Laboratory: inoculation and experimentation

10 November 2014

Sir William Watson The Foundling Hospital was an ideal testing ground for new medical ideas & methods. The children all followed the same diet and regime, meaning that there were...

Smallpox at the Foundling Hospital

27 October 2014

From the moment when the first thirty babies were admitted to the Foundling Hospital on 25 March 1741, the Governors of the Hospital were determined to do as much as possible to protect...