Oxford History of Medicine turns 50

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Oxford History of Medicine turns 50

Although Oxford’s History of Medicine began on a small scale in 1972, it now stands as one of the world’s leading programmes in history of medicine for both teaching and research.  Started under the direction of luminaries such as Charles Webster and Margaret Pelling, history of medicine at Oxford now features an array of undergraduate courses, a master’s degree (with the history of science), an outstanding doctoral programme, a range of research fellows and visiting scholars, and a variety of research projects under its three permanent faculty: Mark Harrison, Sloan Mahone, and Erica Charters.  Many former students and fellows may also remember beloved staff members such as Belinda Clark.  With particular strengths in the history of disease, global health, military medicine, and psychiatry, Oxford’s History of Medicine programme continues to train students and host scholars from all over the world.


On 24 & 25 June 2022, we will celebrate 50 years of history of medicine at Oxford.  We invite all former students, researchers, and staff to come join us.  Even if you cannot make it in person to Oxford, please share your experience of history of medicine at Oxford and what you are doing now.

We look forward to discussing the past, present, and future of the history of medicine with you.

Did you study or research history of medicine at Oxford?  Even if you can’t visit us in June 2022, please send us an email; we would love to hear from you!