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Medicine, Disease and Society 1750-1950

Module Description

The module introduces students to a series of ongoing debates within the social history of medicine, and encourages them to situate sickness, disease and the provision of medical care in a broad social, demographic, economic, political and cultural context.


Harriet Callaghan, 2nd Year Undergraduate Student

Lisa Grant was my seminar tutor for the 2005/6 module Medicine, Disease and Society from 1750-1950. Her seminars were always well prepared and interesting and a lot of thought had obviously gone into it so that we would get the maximum benefit. Lisa’s conduct of the seminars always created an atmosphere where I felt comfortable in asking any question or querying any point I did not understand. The teaching was always fair and helpful and she was positively enthusiastic to give feedback on work or help with essays in any way she could. Lisa was a great help in locating and identify resources to use in my written work as well as discussing ideas. By the end of the year I felt confident we had covered all of the material and I was prepared for the examination questions we were given. Altogether I was very grateful for the support Lisa gave me over the year and the continuing guidance I know she would provide if I needed it.

Jonathon Slupek, 2nd Year Undergraduate Student

I took a module on the history of British medicine in the nineteenth century in 2005/06, which was during my second year at Warwick University.

Firstly, I must state that I had not been put on this medicine module at the start of the year, but changed very quickly as another subject turned out not to be what I had hoped for. I say this simply because it highlights the fact that the module Lisa took me for was not my first choice. However, this soon changed in no small part due to the quality of the seminars. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every seminar and this was for a variety of reasons. Lisa encouraged everyone in the group to take part. Furthermore, she ensured that the more confident members of the group did not dominate. The seminars were well structured and served to reinforce and extend upon all that was said in the weekly lectures. These seminars were not daunting as Lisa created a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere, which made everyone feel comfortable.

From a more personal point of view I owe much to Lisa. She quickly noted an unfortunate lazy streak and was from the outset particularly encouraging. This led to me producing a number of good pieces of work. Lisa regularly went out of her way to help me, giving up her own free time to provide me with advice. She gave me a confidence in my historical ability that had waned during the first year. Lisa provided me with a support system that is often lacking at university for students that are doing well enough but could achieve much more.

In conclusion, the seminars were very enjoyable and extremely informative as a result of Lisa’s fantastically enthusiastic personality, excellent historical knowledge and general kindness. If you would like to speak to me further, I should be happy to answer any further questions.