… and welcome to The Clinic.
anne hanley profile picture 4I’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 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 isn’t just historically interesting. It also has important policy implications for healthcare today.

In addition to my teaching and research, I sit on the Executive Committee of the Society for the Social History of Medicine and the Outreach and Education Committee of the British Society for the History of Science. I’m also a historical consultant on various programmes produced for the BBC, ITV and Netflix.

When you spend your days researching 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