Health Histories

The Health Histories research cluster examines the social and cultural history of health and medicine.

Health medicine and society

Health Histories

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What is ‘health’ and what did it mean to be ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’ in the past? How have people’s responses to ill-health changed over time, place, and historical context? How does the history of health intersect with things like race, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, and other characteristics and identities?

This research group is interested in histories of health that take historical enquiry beyond histories of medicine or medical treatments towards understandings of health that are broad, diverse, and wide-ranging. Associated members research topics across historical periods, from the medieval to contemporary, and across global geographies and cultures

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