Medicine

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Eyeballs, snow goggles, Maori masks and Antarctic chests: Five from the Wellcome

Phantom limb syndrome, foot binding and phrenology are part of new show An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition at the Wellcome. Here are five star exhibits.

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Wellcome Library makes more than 100,000 images freely available in huge online gift

From Goya and van Gogh to an early prescription from Egypt and a 14th century horoscope, the Wellcome has released a vast collection of exhibits online.

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Head casts of notorious criminals and great thinkers go on show in Manchester

It may now be a discredited science, but the 19th century peak of phrenology is making a return in a Christmas show with a curious cranial twist in Manchester.

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Review: Foreign Bodies, Common Ground at London's Wellcome Collection

Labcoats dripping with bling, photos studios from Kenya and vacuum-packed pig faces in an exhibition of works from six countries the Wellcome backs research in.

Diagram by Christopher Wren, illustrating the Circle of Willis, from Willis, Cerebri Anatome, 1664.

Bodleian Library celebrates the University of Oxford's influence on medical science

From the first description of a cell in the 17th century to recently developed self-adjustable glasses, a new exhibition charts the history of medical science at Oxford.

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Artist's Statement: Helen Wilson-Roe on Henrietta Lacks' story at the Science Museum

Having created a 3D work based on a heartbreaking tale, the artist explains why a trip to meet a family in America resulted in "a different way" of producing her work.

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Foreign Bodies, Common Ground unites art from residencies in six countries at Wellcome

From South Africa and Vietnam to Malawi and Cambridge, the Wellcome's new exhibition explores scientific forays in six countries, as seen by artists in residence.

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Brains, skeletons, birds and fish and chips: A Manchester Science Festival 2013 top ten

What's it like to be a bird or a baby panda? You could find out if you follow our top ten from this year's packed Manchester Science Festival.

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Public invited to dissect pig brains as part of Manchester Science Festival 2013

Neuroscientists from the University of Manchester are inviting the public to carry out dissections on more than 70 porcine brains at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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International Images for Science at Newcastle's Great North Museum: Hancock

Ultraviolet, infrared, time lapse, high speed and microscopic techniques all prevail in an exhibition of incredible images created to inform science.

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Comedy duo We are Goose hail John Hunter in pre-Edinburgh Fringe show at Hunterian

Hotly-tipped musical comedians We are Goose will pay tribute to their hero, the 18th century collector John Hunter, in a one-off show at London's Hunterian Museum.

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Brains: The Mind as Matter at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry

Touring to Manchester, which curator Marius Kwint says has "long been at the forefront" of all things brain-related, a Wellcome display is a cranial treat.

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Medical Research Council and UCL performers in Life Game festival at the Science Museum

Armed with a paper "character", visitors to the Science Museum in London this weekend will be able to get tips on living a better life from some of the experts.

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Foreign Bodies unites swallowed swords and bicycles from UCL vaults

Curated from across University College London's four museums, a display of surgical curiosities and ancient artefacts ponders all things alien and inorganic to our bodies.

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Curator's Choice: Gill Scott on bone saws and amputation knives at the Great North Museum

The gruesome details of Barber Surgeon instruments from the current Tales of Antiquarian Adventure exhibition in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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