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Three history of medicine PhDs awarded

On Thursday, 15 July 2004, three history of medicine postgraduates – Jane Adams, Vicky Long and Cathy McClive – were awarded their PhDs at the University of Warwick.

Jane Adams's thesis focused on 'The Mixed Economy for Medical Services in Herefordshire c.1770-1850'. This project examined five broad areas relating to health care provision in Herefordshire in the period 1770 to 1850, and used these to critically examine current historiographical debates in the social history of medicine. Drawing on diverse primary sources and the rich secondary material covering social and political history and local studies in addition to medical history, the central focus of the study is an examination of the social and political dynamics that influenced the shape of health care provision within the context of a changing provincial setting.

Jane currently teaches at the Centre for the History of Medicine at Warwick as well as acting as tutor for the Open University. From September she will be working as Research Assistant to the Centre.

For her thesis, Vicky Long explored 'Changing Public Representations of Mental Illness in Britain 1870-1970’, focusing on public groups directly involved in the care of the mentally ill - psychiatric social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists and the Mental After Care Association, a charitable organisation established to assist former asylum patients in returning to society and the workforce. Vicky demonstrated the degree to which these groups competed to define mental illness and its treatment in public spaces and the media, including the BBC. She also examined the perspectives of the mentally disordered through their writing.

Since January Vicky has held the post of Research Assistant at the Centre and is developing a new project on workers' health in the twentieth century.

Cathy McClive's thesis was entitled 'Bleeding Flowers and Waning Moons: A History of Menstruation in France, c.1495-1761'. Her study of concepts of menstruation offers insight into medical and lay knowledge of the female body in the early modern period. Catherine consulted a wide range of sources, from Latin and vernacular medical texts, to judicial records and personal memoirs and correspondence to focus particularly on the embodiment of time and notions of sexual difference.

Cathy is now in Paris at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, conducting further work on medical expertise and menstruation in France, c.1500-1700, with the support of the Leverhulme Trust.

The Centre wishes Dr Adams, Dr Long and Dr McClive all the best in their careers as historians of medicine.