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Books

Browse Wellcome publications produced or commissioned by the Trust.

Brains: The Mind as Matter This fully illustrated and fascinating exploration of the brain has been published to tie in with the Wellcome Collection 'Brains' exhibition. 'Brains' explores the ways that we have sought to understand and classify the brain over the centuries.
Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life Published to coincide with Wellcome Collection's major exhibition 'Dirt', this provocative book features specially commissioned essays and a short graphic novel section on the significance and implications of dirt from the microbial level through to the environmental.
High Society: Mind-altering drugs in history and culture Designed to accompany the exhibition of the same name, this book explores the spectrum of mind-altering substances across the globe and throughout history.
Identity and Identification Published to coincide with the exhibition 'Identity: Eight rooms, nine lives' at Wellcome Collection, 'Identity and Identification' is a challenging exploration of the philosophical, biological, historical and sociopolitical issues underlying our conception of self and identity.
Madness and Modernity: Mental illness and the visual arts in Vienna 1900 This book sets out to chart the theme of madness across a variety of territories in Vienna in 1900, including art and design, society and architecture, and literature and psychiatry.
War and Medicine Produced to accompany the Wellcome Collection exhibition of the same name, this book seeks to understand the complex relationship between medical advances and armed conflict.
Medical London: City of diseases, city of cures A unique celebration of London's medical history that combines essays, an illustrated gazetteer and six individual maps for self-guided historical walks.
Skeletons: London's buried bones A 64-page book produced to accompany the Wellcome Collection exhibition of the same name, which includes all of the burial site photographs commissioned for the exhibition.
Sleeping and Dreaming This book, which accompanied the exhibition of the same name at Wellcome Collection and the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, takes a fresh look at the apparently simple question of why humans need to sleep and dream.
The Heart Published upon the opening of Wellcome Collection, this book examines the history of our understanding of the human heart.
Creative Encounters: New conversations in science, education and the arts Explores the many opportunities and questions provided and prompted by collaborations between artists, educators and scientists.
Engaging Science: Thoughts, deeds, analysis and action Featuring essays from leading researchers, practitioners and commentators, this book  examines what we have learned about the relationships between these groups and what the implications are for future practice. DownloadDownload book [PDF 1.8 MB]
Future Face: Image, identity, innovation Beautifully designed and illustrated throughout with stunning images, this book was designed to accompany the 'Future Face' exhibition at the Science Museum (which ran from October 2004 to February 2005).
Medicine Man This is a fully illustrated book of the 'Medicine Man: The forgotten museum of Henry Wellcome' exhibition, held at the British Museum in 2003, which explores the interlocking histories of art, science and society.
Pearls of the Orient In this lavishly illustrated book each chapter reflects a different region of Asia, its people and culture, in which something of the variety of the Asian collections preserved in the Wellcome Library can be appreciated.
Phantom Museum This anthology of stories is inspired by objects from Henry Wellcome's collection at the 'Medicine Man' exhibition in 2003.
Talking Back to Science: Art, science and the personal A unique written, photographic and DVD journey through the final nine moving-image and performance-based projects funded by the Science on Stage and Screen Programme.
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