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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


french.jpgWe regret to announce that Roger Kenneth French, University Lecturer in History of Medicine, 1975–2002, died on Tuesday 14 May 2002, aged 64 years.

After completing a BA in Zoology and DPhil in History of Medicine at St Catherine's College, Oxford, he went on to lecture at the University of Leicester and University of Aberdeen. In 1975 he became the Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at the University of Cambridge.

His many publications include:

  • Robert Whyatt, the Soul and Medicine, London, 1969
  • Anatomical Education in a Scottish University, Aberdeen, 1974
  • The History of the Heart, Aberdeen, 1975 (first published in Thorax 33, 1978, 3 instalments)
  • The History and Virtues of Cyder, London, 1982
  • William Harvey's Natural Philosophy, Cambridge, 1994
  • Ancient Natural History: Histories of Nature, Routledge, 1994
  • Dissection and Vivisection in Renaissance Europe, Scholar Press, 1998
  • Ancients and Moderns in the Medical Sciences, Variorum, 1998
  • Canonical Medicine: Gentile da Foligno and Scholasticism, Leiden, 2001