Kevin Brown Historian

History of health, medicine and naval history

Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum: A Sense of Place

The Inoculation Department at St Mary’s Hospital was intended from the first to be innovative in being  a research institute attached to the wards of a general hospital where the … Continue reading

April 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sleeping with Books: With a Gladstone’s Library Scholarship at St Deinol’s.

The nearest thing Britain has to a presidential library is actually a residential library, a unique place where you can ‘sleep with the books’ in a very special library established from … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reflections for Armistice Day 2015 on: Fleming Connection: Science Nature Art, Kate Whiteford; Papaver Rhoeas, Paddy Hartley

Scottish-born artist Kate Whiteford was commissioned in 2009  by Imperial College Healthcare Charity Art Collection to produce a series of works for Hammersmith Hospital exploring the role of the petri dish … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Seeking the Seasick Admiral

Aren’t there enough books on Nelson without yet another appearing, you may be thinking? What can anyone say that is new about him? Is it possible to have an unusual take … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · 8 Comments

Going Home Clean: the Fight against Venereal Disease in US Military Training Camps in the First and Second World Wars: the Roles of Raymond Fosdick and Eliot Ness

“The only life worth living is the adventurous life. Of such a life the dominant characteristic is that it is unafraid. It is unafraid of what other people think…It does … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bridging the Arts-Science Divide

For a gentleman scholar of the nineteenth century, there was no conflict between arts and sciences. Both made up knowledge or ‘scientia’ in its original meaning. Since then increasing specialisation … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

‘You were the best of us and you taught us to be good and brave’: A medic with the Alpini on the Russian Front commemorated in San Miniato al Monte, Florence

Perhaps one of the loveliest of Florentine churches is San Miniato al Monte overlooking the city of Florence and offering perhaps one of the best panoramas over the city. On … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · Leave a comment