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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


University Assistant Professor in the History of Medicine and Health before 1800

Philippa Carter is a historian of early modern Europe and the Atlantic world (c. 1400–1800), with particular interests in medicine, natural knowledge, belief, and the body. She is currently working on a book entitled Frenzy: Madness, Brain Disease and the Soul in Early Modern England. She is Associate Editor on the digital humanities project Reading Early Medicine.

Research interests

Early understandings of mental and physical illness; bodies and embodiment; mind/body relations; disability and visible difference; disease categorisation and diagnosis; the boundaries between natural philosophy, magic, and religion; sciences of the psyche.


'Childbirth, "Madness", and Bodies in History'History Workshop Journal, 91:1 (2021), 29–50.

'Work, Gender and Witchcraft in Early Modern England'Gender & History, early view (2023).


‘Madness Embodied’, in The Bloomsbury Cultural History of Madness, vol. 4: A Cultural History of Madness in Early Modernity (16001789), ed. by Chiara Thumiger and Jonathan Sadowsky (London, 2024).


Course Manager for MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society
Director of Studies, Sidney Sussex College
Fellow, Sidney Sussex College
Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of History
Philippa Carter