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Behind the Mirror: The Story of a Pioneer in Autism and Her Work with Children on the Spectrum (by Jeanne Simons)


The Making of British Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Voices of Pioneers and Witnesses to its Evolution from Hospital Dentistry (by Andrew Sadler)

Merchants of Medicines: The Commerce and Coercion of Health in Britain’s Long Eighteenth Century (by Zachary Dorner)

Health, Healing and Illness in African History (by Rebekah Lee)


The British Society for the History of Medicine Biennial Congress

Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th September 2021

The University of Sheffield

Key themes were the History of Medicine in the Workplace, Pandemics, Nursing and Innovation in Medical Engineering.

For details of Keynote Lectures and Titles, see our Congress 2021 page.


Writing medical history for a wider audience
Author Sandra Hempel offers tips to newcomers and a few to more experienced writers The history of medicine is fertile ground for writers. It offers us a wonderful mix of discoveries, controversies, mysteries and characters, ...
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*LAUNCH*  Topics in the History of Medicine (THoM) – new BSHM journal online here

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