The curious case of Alice Beatty: medical provisions and the ethics of patient care

Whilst trawling through the archives of the West London Hospital a few years ago I stumbled upon a collection of miscellaneous documents. They recounted the trials and tribulations of a nurse who dragged an eminent doctor through the law courts and the court of public opinion. Sadly, these fragmented documents become increasingly incoherent as you … More The curious case of Alice Beatty: medical provisions and the ethics of patient care

Medical training, student experience and the transmission of knowledge, c.1800-2014

Last weekend I attended the conference, ‘Medical training, student experience and the transmission of knowledge, c.1800-2014’ (or #MTSE14 if you want to look over our live tweets), at University College Dublin.* Needless to say its focus, and the discussion generated from its wide-ranging collection of papers, was excellent and very much overdue. Despite an ever-growing … More Medical training, student experience and the transmission of knowledge, c.1800-2014

‘Such mental suffering and such misery’

Here is the link to my contribution to the Perceptions of Pregnancy blog. It is the prelude to a longer chapter I am contributing to a forthcoming interdisciplinary collection on infertility. The chapter itself examines the effects of venereal diseases upon male and female fertility in the decades before World War One, focusing upon differential … More ‘Such mental suffering and such misery’

Writing up, or the elephant in the classroom

‘How’s the work going?’ ‘When are you submitting?’ ‘You must be quite stressed?’ For some students, these sorts of questions are enough to provoke severe anxiety, leading to hours of crippling inertia. For others, they are white noise, while for a lucky few they are a gentle boot up the backside resulting in bursts of … More Writing up, or the elephant in the classroom