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Evolution Cards: PreDarwinian

Monday, March 29th, 2010
Veterinary History, History of Science, History of Medicine | Comments

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Evolution Cards: PreDarwinian

Monday, March 29th, 2010
Veterinary History, History of Science, History of Medicine | Comments

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History of Evolution Cards, before Darwin

Monday, March 15th, 2010
Veterinary History, History of Science, History of Medicine | Comments

This is groups of baseball card style cards of major ideas and individuals association with the idea of evolution before Darwin.

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The Rise of a Medical Specialty: The Medicalization of Elite Equine Care c.1680-c.1800

Monday, January 18th, 2010
Veterinary History | Comments

Dr. Michael Hubbard MacKay, "The Rise of a Medical Speciality: The Medicalization of Elite Equine Care c.1680-c1800"

Part of the reason that the current interpretations of eighteenth-century animal care are so anachronistic is due to the focus of historians upon the emergence of the London Veterinary College (1792) as an enlightened step toward progression. This is far from correct because a new medical specialty emerged in animal care over a century before the College. This manuscript shows that those involved in the gentlemanly practice of farriery created a new specialised field of farriery that was much more medical. Like midwifery, oculism and dentistry, equine medicine became a new medical specialism. This is demonstrated by analysing elite farriery literature published between 1550 and 1800, by reconstructing the identity of eighteenth century farriery practitioners (especially those that claimed to be gentlemen), by uncovering the practice of these elite practitioners in horse hospitals and anatomy lectures. These findings suggest a new narrative of the history of animal care, showing that veterinary medicine was a product of the larger changes in equine medicine occurring well before the 1790s.

This is a sample chapter (Ch.1 Specialism, Change and Farriery/Equine Medical Literature, 1560–1800). I would be happy to supply a complete copy of this manuscript to any who are interested. (mike_mackay@byu.edu)

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Abigail Woods, A Manufactured Plague

Friday, September 11th, 2009
Veterinary History | Comments

This podcast reviews A Manufactured Plague: The History of Foot and Mouth Disease in Britain by Dr. Abigail Woods and has a short interview of Dr. Woods.

To Purchase A Manufactured Plague:  http://www.amazon.com/Manufactured-Plague-History-Foot-Mouth/dp/1844070808/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252702901&sr=8-1

Dr. Abigail Woods at Imperial College:  http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/people/a.woods

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Practice: horse-doctoring, surgery, shoeing and physic

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
Veterinary History | Comments

IMG_0019.jpgMichael MacKay (Picture from the Royal Veterinary College Museum)

This paper analyzes three different case studies of eighteenth-century farriery. 1. Peter Hay 2. Edward Snape 3. The London Veterinary College Infirmary

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Eighteenth-century equine medicine

Monday, June 16th, 2008
Veterinary History | Comments

taplininfirmary.gifMichael MacKay

This is an introduction to my PhD dissertation "Eighteenth-century equine medicine: a construction of a specialism"

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Eighteenth-century Disease: Glanders, Disease Theory and Contagion

Thursday, February 7th, 2008
Veterinary History | Comments

farriertoothdrawer.jpgby Michael MacKay

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Elephants and Exclusivity

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
Veterinary History | Comments

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Andrew Gardiner BVSc, MSc and PhD candidate, University of Manchester

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Equine Medicine and the Medical Market Place

Friday, August 31st, 2007
Veterinary History | Comments

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George Morland, 1793, Manchester City Galleries 'A Farrier's shop painting' 

Michael Hubbard MacKay ASc BAS MA PhD Candidate, University of York

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Eighteenth-century anatomy instruction and equine specialism

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
Veterinary History | Comments

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Andrew Snape and Equine Anatomy

Monday, August 13th, 2007
Veterinary History | Comments

Thomas Willis plate of the brain used by Snape as an equine brain

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