I'm a historian of science and medicine... People and their stories, past and present, are what move me. I'm happiest sitting in a cafe or somewhere outdoors filling the pages of a Clairefontaine notebook (I buy them in bulk whenever I'm in France). My research interests range widely in time, from the sixteenth century to the twentieth, but tend to coalesce around anatomy, natural history, the history of animals, the environment, and the history of food, and around the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Western Europe. Other things I'm passionate about include music, food, fiction, and politics.
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22 January 2019
I’m always looking for skeleton stories. But it’s not often that I come across an article in the scientific literature that includes references to the ancient Greek...
10 January 2019
Enter a captionMy essay on my experiences with translating has just appeared, open access, in Isis, the journal of the History of Science Society.
17 November 2018
Although the human skeleton was well known as a symbol of mortality before 1500, the articulated skeleton does not seem to have come into its own as an object –scientific and...
20 August 2018
Last month I spent some time in Special Collections at the University of Glasgow Library, looking at the catalogues of the anatomical preparations of London anatomist and man-midwife...