History of Medicine

Research Associates

Nick Cambridge

His research interests involve the eighteenth and nineteenth century and in particular public health and medical electricity.  He is a retired GP and graduated with a MD in medical history at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL in 2002. His thesis was on Dr Alfred Carpenter (1825-92), a Croydon GP, who was active in the public health debate and was medical attendant to four consecutive Archbishops of Canterbury at Addington Palace and medical attendant to the cadets of the East India Company at Addiscombe College. He is also interested in the lives and networks of John Coakley Lettsom, John Fothergill, Joseph Priestley, Benjamin Franklin, Erasmus Darwin, John Hunter, Samuel Johnson and their circle.


Stephen T. Casper 

Stephen T. Casper is Assistant Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences at Clarkson University. After completing a Bachelors of Science degree in Neuroscience and Biochemistry in 2002 at the University of Minnesota, he took his PhD in History of Medicine at University College London in 2007. He joined Clarkson University in Potsdam New York as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2008 and has subsequently been reappointed Assistant Professor. He has won several university teaching awards for his courses in the history of medicine, science, and technology. His research focuses on the history of neurology, neuroscience, and biology, topics in which he has published several articles, essays and reviews. He is co-editor (with L. Stephen Jacyna) of a volume entitled The Neurological Patient in History (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester, 2012). He is currently working on a monograph that focuses on the emergence of neurology as a clinical specialty in Britain.    


Helen Donoghue

Helen Donoghue is a medical microbiologist who became interested in the history of medicine and of infectious diseases through her work on ancient microbial DNA. For example, it is possible to detect DNA from the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis and leprosy in archaeological human remains. This can answer historical questions about how diseases were spread around the world, the impact of colonialism, and of early pandemics. It also tells us about microbial pathogens and their mammalian hosts, from a time when there was no effective treatment and diseases ran their natural course. Throughout her career she has enjoyed teaching medical, dental and science students. She has also supervised many project students for laboratory or library projects


John Galloway

His research interest in the validity of the idea of the 'translational pathway' and 'translational science' by and through which it is alleged scientific insights can be turned to practical use, particularly to make money out of the national investment in civil science. The research takes advantage of the oral history contained in the records of the Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth-Century Medicine. It appears to be the frist time that a general analysis of innovation in medicine and health care has been undertaken using original oral histsory as its resource. Inter alia, he is honorary head of the Dental Team Studies Unit at the Eastman Dental Hospital.


Lesley Hall

Dr Lesley A. Hall, FRHistSoc, is Senior Archivist at the Wellcome Library. She has published extensively on issues of gender and sexuality in the UK in the modern era, and also on women in medicine and science, as well as in her professional area on archives. Her books include Hidden Anxieties: Male Sexuality 1900-1950 (1991), Sex, Gender and Social Change in Britain since 1880 (2000 - revised and expanded second edition currently in progress), Outspoken Women: women writing about sex, 1870-1969 (2005), and The Life and Times of Stella Browne: feminist and free spirit (2011), as well as The Facts of Life: the creation of sexual knowledge in Britain, 1650-1950 (1995), co-authored with the late Roy Porter, and co-edited volumes on Sexual Cultures in Europe (1998) and Sex, Sin, and Suffering: venereal diseases in European social context since 1870 (2001). She is the founding editor of the H-Histsex listserv. Her website is www.lesleyahall.net and includes a much-visited page on the myths about Victorian sexual attitudes and behaviour. Her blog is at lesleyahall.blogspot.com.


Kenton Kroker

Kenton Kroker is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director at the Science and Technology Studies Department at York University, Toronto. He studies the historical and social structures that have helped shape contemporary biomedical practice. His  interests are generally confined to the 19th and 20th centuries, and focus on laboratory-clinic interactions and their roles in visualizing and classifying health and disease. He has published on the history and sociology of immunology, clinical psychology, and epidemiology, and his first book is a study of sleep as an object of scientific scrutiny: The Sleep of Others and the Transformations of Sleep Research (University of Toronto, 2007). He is co-editor (with PMH Mazumdar and J Keelan) and contributor to a collection of papers examining the role of the clinic in production of immunological knowledge: Crafting Immunity: Working Histories of Clinical Immunology (Ashgate, 2008).  He  currently holds a Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant for a project to reconstruct the history of epidemic encephalitis from French, British and American archival sources, tentatively titled “Epidemics Futures: encephalitis lethargica and the twentieth-century trade in emerging diseases.” His argument is that this disease was a model for how international and interdisciplinary alliances could be forged around the subject of brain research.


Adrian S. Wisnicki

Adrian S. Wisnicki specialises in nineteenth-century British literature. His research explores the role of intercultural dynamics in the development of Victorian colonial literature and discourse, especially in the context of Africa. He also serves as co-director of Livingstone Online (http://www.livingstoneonline.ucl.ac.uk/), the main digital resource for Livingstone’s writings, and as project director and lead scholar for the David Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project (http://livingstone.library.ucla.edu/), an international collaboration to use advanced digital imaging to make available a series of faded, illegible texts produced by Livingstone when stranded in Central Africa. Wisnicki’s monograph, Conspiracy, Revolution, and Terrorism from Victorian Fiction to the Modern Novel (2011), is published by Routledge. Articles have appeared in Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Studies in Travel Writing, History in Africa, and the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. He is currently Assistant Professor of Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Co-Director of the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.