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PhDs awarded 2005

Sheryl Root

Healing, Touch and Medicine, c.1890-1950

I am researching the careers and attitudes of women healers in Britain between 1890 and 1950, and will be looking at medical professionals, those involved with alternative medicine, and those with informal caring functions within the home. The concept of the 'female touch' is of primary importance in my work, both literally, in considering the use and perceptions of touch as a sense, and figuratively, in considering whether women healers themselves held or utilised any distinct image of their work, and how this was represented by the wider medical community and by society as a whole.

Supervisors: Dr Mathew Thomson and Professor Hilary Marland