Carole Reeves

Doctor Carole Reeves

Carole Reeves has a PhD in history of medicine (University of London) and additional qualifications in education, photography, film and television production. She has worked as a medical illustrator, and was, for over twenty years, a freelance writer/director, communicating medicine and science both to specialist and public audiences. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Medical Illustrators, a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers, and a Fellow of the Linnean Society.

She is interested in the history of psychiatry, the history of infectious diseases (particularly tuberculosis), oral history, and the history of material culture in medicine. In addition to teaching History of Medicine she is also teaching on the MA Collections Curatorship.

She is actively involved in public engagement. Her projects include 'Secrets of the Body', a film which has toured public venues in the UK and is used in schools and colleges throughout North America; a history of medicine for HistoryWorld, which won the New Statesman New Media Award (2003) for the UK's best educational web site; and 'The Children of Craig-y-nos', a community oral history project that recorded the memories of children who were patients in a tuberculosis sanatorium.

Selected publications


Medical Book Illustration: A Short History (Cambridge & New York: Oleander Press, 1983). With John L Thornton.

The Children of Craig-y-nos: Life in a Welsh Tuberculosis Sanatorium, 1922-1959, (The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, 2009). With Ann Shaw.

Shortlisted for the Medical Journalists Association Open Book Award 2010.

Egyptian Medicine, 2nd revised edition (Princess Risborough: Shire Egyptology Series, 2001).

Edited volumes

The Cultural History of the Human Body: The Age of Enlightenment, 1650-1800 (Oxford & New York: Berg Publishers, 2010).

Biographies of ‘William Abt’, ‘Robert Battey’, ‘William Buchan’, ‘William Budd’, ‘Rufus Cole’, ‘Erasmus Darwin’, ‘Luther Emmett Holt’, ‘William Keen’, ‘Sir William Arbuthnot Lane’, ‘Samuel George Morton’, ‘William Prout’, ‘John Rock’, ‘Albert Bruce Sabin’, ‘Dame Mary Ann Dacombe Scharlieb’, ‘Mary Jane Seacole’, ‘Benjamin McLane Spock’, ‘Robert Lawson Tait’ in W F Bynum and Helen Bynum (eds), Dictionary of Medical Biography (Westport, Connecticut/London: Greenwood Press, 2007). Also picture editor.

Contributor, Pestilence, Pandemics, and Plagues (Westport: Greenwood Press, 2008). Editor Joseph P Byrne. Articles on Influenza pandemic, 1889-1890, Personal hygiene and epidemic disease, Tuberculosis in England since 1500.

Exhibition catalogue

Reframing disability: portraits from the Royal College of Physicians (London: Royal College of Physicians, 2011). With Bridget Telfer and Emma Shepley.

Articles and features

‘Everyday life for Jewish patients in Colney Hatch Asylum, 1880-1946’, Shemot, vol 19, 3. December 2011.

‘What’s up doc!’ ‘Kill or cure’, Young Archaeologist (Council for British Archaeology), issue 147, Spring 2011: 8-12.

‘Passion killers’, IMI News, 2010, May: 6.

‘Sixties swinger coughs up the cash’, IMI News, 2009, April: 6.

‘Inside the artist’s body’, IMI News, 2009, August: 6.

‘Selling safe sex’, IMI News, 2009, November: 6.

‘Tracing your ancestors through medical records’, Shemot, 2009, 17 (3).

‘Bloomsbury People’, Opticon1826, issue 6, spring 2009.

‘Finding the lost children of Craig-y-nos’, Wellcome History, 2008, 37:15-16.

‘Finding the lost children of Craig-y-nos’, Opticon1826, 2008, issue 4.

‘Health warning – know thy limits’, IMI News, 2008, March: 6.

‘Confessions of a fat man’, IMI News, 2008, July: cover.

‘Vitpop’, IMI News, 2008, November: 8.

‘No smoking please – we’re German’, IMI News, 2007, February: 11.

‘Wanted – nurses for duty or fantasy’, IMI News, 2007, May: 5.

‘No sex please – we’re drowning’, IMI News, 2007, November: 5.

‘The Wellcome Trust’, in Encylopedia of the Life Sciences (Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2007), online

‘Dad’s army fights malaria’, IMI News, 2006, March: 5.

‘How soaps changed our culture’, IMI News, 2006, October: 15.

‘The golden lotus or Chinese bound foot’, IMI News, 2005, April: 9.

‘Cupping glasses on the buttocks of a constipated gentleman, 1694 (Buttock cups)’, IMI News, 2005, August: 6.

‘Joined at the hip’, IMI News, 2005, December: 5.

‘Picturing the history of medicine’, Montage 2005; issue 100: 10-11.

‘A history of the optic nerve and its diseases,’ Eye 2004; 18: 1096-1109. With David Taylor.


Roy Porter Bibliography
Children of Craig-y-nos

Bloomsbury People