The Department of History and Philosophy of Science is a major centre for research, teaching and public engagement in history of medicine.
The distinctive feature of our programme is that medical historians work in the largest and most distinguished department of history and philosophy of science in the UK. So students and researchers can both focus on history of medicine and take advantage of intellectual exchange with historians of physical sciences, sociologists and philosophers of science, staff in the Whipple Museum and bioethicists.
Expertise in medical history covers an exceptionally wide range, from antiquity to the present day. We are especially interested in encouraging work on Generation to Reproduction. This is the theme of a Wellcome Trust strategic award held for eight years from 1 October 2009 by a cross-disciplinary group of Cambridge historians of medicine. The research will provide fresh perspectives on issues ranging from ancient fertility rites to IVF. A strongly grounded account, building on a lively field of historical investigation, will offer a fresh basis for policy and public debate.
The Department provides training in history of medicine at every level. We also welcome inquiries about postdoctoral research, including Wellcome research fellowships, short-term visits and affiliate status.
The 'Ice Age' of anatomy and obstetrics
Salim Al-Gailani's article 'The "Ice Age" of Anatomy and Obstetrics: Hand and Eye in the Promotion of Frozen Sections around 1900' has just been published in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.
Nick Hopwood wins Levinson Prize
Nick Hopwood has been awarded the History of Science Society's Suzanne J. Levinson Prize for his book Haeckel's Embryos: Images, Evolution, and Fraud.
HIV's 'Patient Zero' exonerated
Richard McKay has contributed to research that reveals the error and hype that led to the coining of the term 'Patient Zero' and the blaming of one man for the spread of HIV across North America.
Ucam-histmed is an email list for people in the Cambridge area interested in history of medicine.