History of Medicine at #BSHS15

Last week I, along with a number of postgraduates and research staff from Leeds HPS, attended the annual conference of the British Society for the History of Science at the University of Swansea. There were many excellent papers, including Ageliki Lefkaditou’s work on the relationship between biology, culture, and ancestry in Greece during the post-genomic era.  @hpsleed‘s Greg Radick … More History of Medicine at #BSHS15

‘Thank you for your application.’

‘Thank you for your application…. The selection committee was very impressed by your skills and list of publications. However…. We wish you every success with future applications.’ Sadly, for most aspiring Early Career Researchers, this is all too familiar. After another six-hour round trip to a prestigious university town for another stressful (and ultimately unsuccessful) … More ‘Thank you for your application.’

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’