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The sound archive includes ‘born-digital’ and older formats such as audio-cassettes and CDs of radio programmes on medical, biomedical and medical-historical topics. Non-broadcasted material includes recordings documenting exhibitions, interviews, lectures, conferences, seminars and symposia, many of which were organised by the Wellcome Trust.



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Produced as a marketing tool for the hypertension drugs Centyl and Reserpine, this record features heart sounds and murmurs encountered in the most common congenital and acquired heart diseases. Each recording is preceded by a brief description. 1. The normal heart; 2. Interventricular septal defect; 3. Interatrial septal defect; 4. Pulmonary stenosis; 5. Patent ductus arteriosus; 6. Mitral stenosis; 7. Mitral insufficiency; 8. Aortic stenosis; 9. Aortic insufficiency; 10. Hypertension within...
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Topics: Cardiology D002309, Heart Auscultation D006326, Heart Sounds D006347, Heart Murmurs D006337
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This short recording claims to be the voice of Queen Victoria. Although it may feature her words, the recording features the cut-glass voice of an actress. The recitation is repeated
Topic: Voice
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This short recording claims to be the voice of George Eliot, writer. Similar to the 'Voice of Queen Victoria', it seems to feature an actress. The recitation is repeated.
Topic: Voice
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by Random House, the publishers of the One & Other book, for follow-up interviews a year later. These interviews have been licensed to the Wellcome Trust as part...
Topics: Gender identity, Public art, Gender Identity
This is an audio recording of the AGM of the Brook Advisory Centre's AGM which took place in 1971. The speaker is introduced; this is Dr Malcolm Potts who talks about his vision for the provision of family planning (contraception) in terms of what kinds of contraception might be available and also be the most convenient for young people. He also comments on the differing pregnancy rates in young people around the World and the need for a non-invasive abortion service available to young people...
Topics: Contraception, Family Planning Services, Abortion Applicants.
Item 22 from No. 3 B Series 5 (side 2) is Sir Henry Dale, English Physiologist, Nobel prize winner. This record, part of a series presents 'personal philosophies of thoughtful people' includes Sir Henry Dale, physiologist and Nobel Prize winner (and Wellcome scientist) who talks on Edward R. Murrow's radio interview series 'This I Believe'.
Topic: Voice
This recording is the third of nine made by Georgetown University Medical Centre, Department of Cardiology under the Direction of Dr. W. Proctor Harvey, assisted by Dr.'s John Stapleton and Edward Mears, which aim to be a 'collection of the most important points representing clinical auscultation of the heart.' Reel 3 contains recordings of cardiac irregularities. 1 segment.
Topics: Cardiology, Heart Auscultation, Heart Sounds., Heart Murmurs.
This recording is the sixth of nine made by Georgetown University Medical Centre, Department of Cardiology under the Direction of Dr. W. Proctor Harvey, assisted by Dr.'s John Stapleton and Edward Mears, which aim to be a 'collection of the most important points representing clinical auscultation of the heart.' Reel 6 contains recordings of heart murmurs. 1 segment.
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Topics: Cardiology, Heart Auscultation, Heart Sounds., Heart Murmurs.
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This audio recording contains various lung sounds including normal and abnormal breath sounds (bronchitis, wheezes, and other adventitious sounds) carefully explained by Dr Paul Forgacs. Treatment before and after aerosol treatment is demonstrated. Severe obstruction of the trachea or the larynx is heard; this sound is very distinctive and known as 'stridor'. Forgacs asks for clinicians to be consistent with their description of medical sounds and provides helpful guidance on the precise nature...
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Topics: Bronchitis D001991, Respiratory Sounds D012135, Asthma. D001249
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by the Wellcome Trust for follow-up interviews a year later.
Topics: Public art, Bereavement
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Edited extracts from Thalidomide: An Oral History in which the interviewees discuss different kinds of prejudice they have encountered in their lives. Participants include: Sukeshi Thakkar, Sarah Gaitley, Mat Fraser, Liz Lash, Edward Freeman, Hazel Simmons, John Carter and Mikey Argy.
Topics: Thalidomide, Parturition, Disabled Persons, Parenthood, Oral history
This recording is the fourth of nine made by Georgetown University Medical Centre, Department of Cardiology under the Direction of Dr. W. Proctor Harvey, assisted by Dr.'s John Stapleton and Edward Mears, which aim to be a 'collection of the most important points representing clinical auscultation of the heart.' Reel 4 contains recordings of cardiac irregularities. 1 segment.
Topics: Cardiology, Heart Auscultation, Heart Sounds., Heart Murmurs.
This recording is the first of nine made by Georgetown University Medical Centre, Department of Cardiology under the Direction of Dr. W. Proctor Harvey, assisted by Dr.'s John Stapleton and Edward Mears, which aim to be a 'collection of the most important points representing clinical auscultation of the heart.' Reel 1 includes an introduction to the collection including dedications to heart specialists who helped in its production. The narrator also likens listening to the heart and learning to...
Topics: Cardiology, Heart Auscultation, Heart Sounds., Heart Murmurs.
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Topics: Heart Diseases, Water, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London and took place between 6th July and 14th October 2009. This recording is from a series of 2400 interviews, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants in the One & Other project ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London. In 2010 Wellcome Trust identified a group of 20 'plinthers' for follow-up interviews and also captured Gormley's reflections on the project.
Topic: Public art
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The sound track to a public education film on TB, which is one of two films which claim to be the earliest Welsh language 'talkie'. A copy of the original poster (held in Wellcome Library's Moving Image and Sound Collection) advertises a screening of the film at the 'Coliseum Super Cinema, Aberyswyth, on Monday, June 3rd, and all the week'. T_�he Crusade' (Yr Ymgyrch), compares the fight against TB to a new Welsh war, but this time, the enemy is the tuberculosis bacillus. The recording...
Topics: Voice, Tuberculosis History
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by the Wellcome Trust for follow-up interviews a year later.
Topics: Public art, Bereavement
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by the Wellcome Trust for follow-up interviews a year later.
Topics: Public art, Fire fighters
These short recording was made on 30th July 1890 to raise money for the impoverished veterans of the Charge of the Light Brigade. The full transcript of the recording says: 'When I am no longer even a memory, just a name, I hope my voice may perpetuate the great work of my life. God bless my dear old comrades of Balaclava and bring them safe to shore. Florence Nightingale.' In fact, there are two recitations; the second has slightly altered wording to the first, which was presumably a practice...
Topic: History of Medicine
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by Random House, the publishers of the One & Other book, for follow-up interviews a year later. These interviews have been licensed to the Wellcome Trust as part...
Topics: Performance art, Public art
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by the Wellcome Trust for follow-up interviews a year later.
Topics: Public art, Teaching
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by the Wellcome Trust for follow-up interviews a year later.
Topics: Public art, Civilization, Anglo-Saxon
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London.A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by the Wellcome Trust for follow-up interviews a year later.
Topics: Public art, Political activists
A magazine style sound recording co-edited by three chief editors; Martinus Woerdeman (Amsterdam), Morris Fishbein (Chicago) and Sir Heneage Ogilvie (London). The recording comprises of a 'Special feature', a report on the controversy around 'Live and Killed Virus' from the Fifth International Poliomyelitis Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark. This item includes a special interview with Jonas E. Salk and a symposium moderated by John R. Paul with participation by Albert B. Sabin, David...
Topics: Poliomyelitis D011051, Neoplasms therapy D009369Q000628, Drug Therapy D004358, Early Detection of...
Jenny Bardwell talks to Jessie Burrill about her experience of healthcare from childhood until the present day. 1 segment.
Topics: Oral history, Family Health
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Topics: Life, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Child Welfare, Public Health, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Substance-Related Disorders, Drug Users, Street Drugs, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield,...
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Topics: Ice Cream, Ice Cream -- adverse effects, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Alcoholism, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Safety, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Epidemiology, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Exercise, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Family Practice, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Blindness, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Accidental Falls, Health Education, BBC Radio, Sheffield (England)
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by the Wellcome Trust for follow-up interviews a year later.
Topics: Public art, Down Syndrome
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by the Wellcome Trust for follow-up interviews a year later.
Topics: Public art, Teaching, Bereavement, Genetic disorders
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by the Wellcome Trust for follow-up interviews a year later.
Topic: Public art
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by Random House, the publishers of the One & Other book, for follow-up interviews a year later. These interviews have been licensed to the Wellcome Trust as part...
Topics: Public art, Grief, Bereavement
Dr David M. Hughes talks at the Annual General Meeting of the College of General Practitioners about his experience working in general practice. He recalls the daily life of a country practitioner in a Welsh village in the 1930s and 1940s, and describes the dramatic changes engendered by the antibiotic revolution. 1 segment.
Topics: Education, Medical, Family Practice, General Practice, Sulfonamides, Midwifery
Pre-plinth interview: Geoff Savage talks to Kate Rowles. Geoff plans to hold up three signs stating three of his self-described 'shallow, petty beliefs'. Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:19:12:00 Length: 00:19:12:00
Topic: Public art
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by the Wellcome Trust for follow-up interviews a year later.
Topics: Public art, Bereavement
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Topics: Diet, Obesity, World Health Organization -- history, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield,...
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Topics: Diabetes Insipidus, Diabetes Mellitus, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Clothing, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Leisure Activities, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Motion Sickness, Health Education, BBC Radio, Sheffield (England)
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by the Wellcome Trust for follow-up interviews a year later.
Topics: Public art, Gender identity
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Topics: Sex Education, Health Education, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield...
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Topics: Menstruation, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Infections, Staphylococcus, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Clothing, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
A recording of Colonel E.Selby Phipson, M.D.I.M.S. Senior Medical Officer, Colony of Aden (in Hindustan), on how tropical countries can best avoid the spread of contagious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. 1 segment
Topics: Tropical Medicine, History of Medicine
Dr. C.A.H. Watts' lecture about how far GP's can go in the treatment of psychiatric patients. Includes simple classification of psychiatric conditions seen in general practice; diagnosis and long-term management of these conditions. 1 segment
Topics: Physicians (General practice), Psychiatry, Family Practice., History of Medicine.
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Edited extracts from Thalidomide: An Oral History in which the interviewees discuss how they have found parenthood themselves. Participants include: Mikey Argy, Simone Illger, Edward Freeman and Sarah Gaitley.
Topics: Thalidomide, Parturition, Disabled Persons, Parenthood, Oral history
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by Random House, the publishers of the One & Other book, for follow-up interviews a year later. These interviews have been licensed to the Wellcome Trust as part...
Topic: Public art
This very short recording contains the voice of a 1930s GP recounting things some of his patients have said to him immediately before they died. 1 segment
Topics: Education, Medical, Family Practice
Sir Henry Dale talks to Audrey Russell about his life and experiences. 1 segment.
Topic: History of Medicine
Miss Bourne's commentary recorded here is for the 1955 film of the same title. The film shows nurses in Hong Kong being trained in the care of mothers and babies. Among the subjects described are how to bath and dry a baby, clothes for a baby, breastfeeding, making baby comfortable in her cot, baby getting diphtheria injection, issues of safety in the home, how to help a baby bring up wind, sterilization of feeding bottles, teaching good cleaning habits, etc. 1 segment
Topics: Social history, Tropical Medicine, History of Medicine.
These are recordings of the tarantella, a musical therapy for people bitten by the tarantula. They were produced by Diego Carpitella and Alan Lomax while researching the condition in Apulia, Italy, as part of Ernesto de Martino's wider ethnographic study of the same name. The tape contains a brief narrative (in Italian), which adds context to the recordings, explains how the tarantella would have sounded in the 17th century and why it has changed over time. 1 segment
Topics: Music Therapy history, Medicine, Traditional, History of Medicine.
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by Random House, the publishers of the One & Other book, for follow-up interviews a year later. These interviews have been licensed to the Wellcome Trust as part...
Topics: Role playing, Public art
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by the Wellcome Trust for follow-up interviews a year later.
Topics: Public art, Conservationists
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Here Cicely Saunders, pioneer of the hospice movement, introduces General Practitioners to the concept of proper terminal care. There is a short recording with a patient giving a testimony regarding his experience of pain and medication.
Topic: Hospices
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by Random House, the publishers of the One & Other book, for follow-up interviews a year later. These interviews have been licensed to the Wellcome Trust as part...
Topics: Public art, Infant Mortality
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by the Wellcome Trust for follow-up interviews a year later.
Topics: Public art, Hermits, Pillar saints
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by Random House, the publishers of the One & Other book, for follow-up interviews a year later. These interviews have been licensed to the Wellcome Trust as part...
Topics: Public art, Anxiety
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by the Wellcome Trust for follow-up interviews a year later.
Topics: Public art, Bereavement
This recording is from a series of 2400, which were captured by the Wellcome Trust prior to the participants ascending to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Central London, between 6th July and 14th October 2009. Antony Gormley's live artwork was commissioned by the Mayor of London. A group of 20 'plinthers' were then selected by Random House, the publishers of the One & Other book, for follow-up interviews a year later. These interviews have been licensed to the Wellcome Trust as part...
Topic: Public art
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Topics: Community Health Services, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Hospitals, Hospital Administration, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Safety, Play and Playthings, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Aspirin, Aspirin -- adverse effects, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Women's Rights, Breast, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)
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Topics: Neoplasms, Health Education, BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield (England)