I am a historian of medicine with a broad interest in the role of visual and material culture in medicine. Whether as a sixteenth-century anatomical woodcut or a twenty-first-century MRI scan, these visualisations have much to tell us about our understandings of health and illness, our bodies and selves, and the role of medicine in our lives.
I recieved my PhD from the University of Warwick in 2012. My thesis focused on the visual construction of knowledge about venereal disease in nineteenth century London. Since then I have attempted to move on to less grusome topics with very little success. My first postdoctoral postition was at Imperial College London where I worked on the history of minimally invasive surgery alongside a public engagement project on the longer history of surgery. Following this I worked at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science where I was based in the research group looking at 'The Construction of Norms in Seventeenth to Nineteenth-Century Europe and the United States'.
In 2015 I took up the Williamson Fellowship at CHSTM and have returned to the world of medical imagery, now focusing on pathology, and extending my focus into the twentieth century.