… and welcome to The Clinic.
I am 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 coming to Birkbeck, was a Junior Research Fellow at the University Oxford.
My current work explores how state intervention into sexual health transformed the structure and ideology of British healthcare from the end of the Great War to the swinging sixties. This work is not just historically interesting. It also has important policy implications for healthcare today.
When you spend your days researching the history of syphilis and gonorrhoea you are inevitably asked many curious questions and find yourself having the most extraordinary conversations. This blog is a product of those conversations. It’s a forum for my research, policy work and musings on life as a historian.
So, it won’t be preoccupied solely with suppurating sores and ulcerating extremities—as disappointing as that may be.