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.
A few weeks ago I attended the annual BSHS conference at the University of St Andrew’s and, like a number of other delegates, I am now blogging about some of the work I presented. I know it has taken awhile to put this post together and my only excuse is that, in the interim, I … More Syphilisation and its discontents
Among the many curiosities held by the Gordon Museum of Pathology is a collection of fascinating (and often gruesome) moulage models that have been used as teaching tools by medical students at Guy’s Hospital for over 150 years. In the late 1820s Joseph Towne arrived at Guy’s Hospital Medical School to take up the post of … More Moulage and the medical student
‘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