… and welcome to The Clinic.
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.
I am a Junior Research Fellow at the University Oxford, with expertise in the social history of medicine. I hold a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and, before coming to Oxford, was a Research Fellow in the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds.
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—implications that I’ll be addressing via this blog.
So, it won’t be preoccupied solely with suppurating sores and ulcerating extremities—as disappointing as that may be.