The subject of this blog post was suggested to me during a conversation about the problems faced by ECRs and those graduate students on the verge of finishing their PhDs. I was asked whether I had ever written about the process of applying for an academic job, rather than just bemoaning the absence of one. So I … More Applying for academic jobs
Shortly after finishing my previous blog post about the trials and tribulations of early career researchers and their seemingly futile hunt for that first academic job, I was offered just such a job. In October I shall be taking up a Junior Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford. Early in the new year I … More Another course of mercury
‘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.’
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
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
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’
Here is the link to my contribution to The History Press Blog. It is a prelude to a larger project I am currently putting together so I hope you enjoy reading about it.