The Art of Healing: Australian Indigenous Bush Medicine follows the premise of Tjukurrpa (dreaming). It looks at traditional Indigenous healing practice as past, present and future simultaneously. It includes examples of healing practice from the many distinct and varied Indigenous communities throughout Australia. These are shown through contemporary art practice. For example, Gija elder and artist Shirley Purdie has spent the last two years illustrating the bush medicine of her region near Warmun in the Kimberly. Treahna Hamm reveals in ‘Yorta Yorta Bush Medicine First Aid Kit’ the use of medicinal plants in Victoria. Whereas in Alice Springs the NPY Women’s Council with their Ngangkari (women healers) have undertaken a mental health program that examines issues contributing to well-being. This also acknowledges and encourages two-way learning, western and traditional practice working hand in hand.
This 160 page full colour publication includes the perspectives of Indigenous communities represented. The key to this publication is revealing that traditional Indigenous healing is a current practice informed by the past and an intrinsic part of the life of indigenous people in Australia.
The story of cancer is complex and extremely personal. 1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.This publication through essays by leading experts in their fields explores the roles of key individuals in public education campaigns and cutting edge research. The patient’s perspective is represented through artists’ statements and art of contemporary artists who have cancer. This 164 page publication includes significant photographs of the key personalities such as Peter MacCallum, as well as images of archival material such as diaries, correspondence and early scientific material. The book is now available at the Co-op Bookshop and can be purchased online.
Through personal histories and academic essays this book explores the role of medical professionals during WWI and the personal and professional challenges that they faced. It was a time of a great social and technological change and Australians were at the forefront of discovery and innovation. This 180 page publication includes fascinating photographs of the trenches, hospitals and offical portraits, as well as images of archival material such as doctor's case notes, diaries, sketches and even trench maps. The book is now available at the Co-op Bookshop and can be purchased online.
Attitudes to epilepsy provide an excellent perspective on the collision between magic and science, the earliest records attempting to distinguish between disease and demonic possession. This interpretation of the origin of seizures has influenced significantly the management of the illness over the ages, and continues to inform popular conceptions. This publication brings together past and present attitudes to epilepsy examining impact on individuals, families and communities. This book is now available at The Co-op Bookshop and can be purchased online.
Women were admitted to Melbourne Medical School in 1887, some 25 years after the course had commenced but 21 years before women were entitled to vote in Victoria. This publication celebrates the achievements of Melbourne Medical School graduates from 1887 to the present. This book is now available at The Co-op Bookshop and can be purchased online.
This Book tells of the fascination with the power of venom and the quest for a universal antidote against this most feared of poisons. Over thousands of years Australian Aboriginal people incorporated ways of understanding and dealing with these venomous creatures in their cultural and healing practices. Since the colonial times to the present day the search of an antidote has continued. This book is now available at The Co-op Bookshop and can be purchased online.
A book presenting fifty specially selected items from the Medical History Museum collection totalling more than 6000 pieces and representing some four centuries of Western medical history. It gathers together leaders in medical practice, research, teaching and related disciplines to bring to light the fascinating stories of people behind each unique artefact.
In this way the book reveals the breadth and depth of the Medical History Museum Collection and hopefully will generate wider curiosity and interest. The publication of this volume celebrates the sesquicentenary of the founding of the Melbourne Medical School 1862.
This book is now available at The Co-op Bookshop and can be purchased online.