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PhD's awarded 2007

Lisa Grant - view ePortfolio

The Development of Pediatrics in France and England, 1760-1882

The focus of my research is a comparative study of the doctor-patient relationship in children’s medicine in France and England, from the publication of Émile (1762) to the passing of the Education Acts in France [1883]. With treatment regimes receiving the greater share of attention from historians, the disease discovery process and its link to the doctor-patient relationship has heretofore been largely unexplored. Diagnostic techniques and their application, especially to children, are instrumental in disease differentiation and the consequent course of action.
My research will employ a quantitative and qualitative examination of the discourse of medical treatises, medical textbooks/case notes, child diaries and autobiographies focusing on childhood in order to ascertain the change in paediatric diagnostic techniques, and their subsequent influence on the doctor-patient relationship throughout the period.

Supervisors: Professor Colin Jones and Professor Hilary Marland


Dan o'Conner

Breaking Sex: Conceptions and Receptions of Gender Identification in Medical Science and Mass Media 1950-2000

My research explores the collapse of the male/female gender boundary in twentieth-century medicine - particularly the way in which transsexual surgery and steriod usage in sport came to undermine popular cultural assumptions about sex identification. The primary focus of my project is the way in which transsexuality and transgressive sports training were represented in North Atlantic mass media; asking how, why and when medical science judged it so apparently simple to cross the gender boundary, and responses within popular culture. The theoretical approach to my work is a wilful combination of poststructuralist feminisms and economic rational choice and game theories, with a dash of the new historicism thrown in for good measure

Supervisor: Dr Mathew Thomson