Hello and welcome to The Clinic.


I’m Dr Anne Hanley—a historian of medicine and modern Britain, and lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London. I hold a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and, before joining Birkbeck, was a Junior Research Fellow at the University Oxford.

My current project explores social and cultural attitudes towards, and political and medical interventions in, sexual health in Britain from the end of the Great War to the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. This work isn’t just historically interesting. It also has important policy implications for healthcare today.

In addition to my teaching and research, I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and sit on the Executive Committee of the Society for the Social History of Medicine. I’m also a historical consultant for TV and Radio.

When you spend your days elbow-deep in the history of syphilis and gonorrhoea you’re inevitably asked many curious questions and find yourself having the most extraordinary conversations. This blog is a product of those conversations. But it’s not preoccupied solely with suppurating sores and ulcerating extremities—as disappointing as that may be.

For enquiries about my research or consultancy work, please email me at a.hanley@bbk.ac.uk.