This blog shares the research, teaching and activities of the Centre for the History of Medicine, Ethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Kent, Canterbury. We want to give you a chance to encounter the projects and people that make up our research here at the Centre. It is our hope that this blog can capture the collegial spirit that is shared among our research community and will help to create a space for discussion around the areas we engage with – such as the history of medicine, medical ethics, education and policy. We invite you to be part of the conversation by commenting on blog posts and by following us on Twitter.

The Centre

The ‘Centre for the History of Medicine, Ethics and Medical Humanities’ (CHMEMH) aims to promote excellence in research and teaching to understand medical traditions and practices within their changing historical context. We are committed to a vision of the history of medicine, history of medical ethics and medical humanities which is chronologically expansive, thematically and geographically diverse, and which draws upon a wide range of sources, disciplines and expertise. It is our intention to engage with the ethical questions of the past with a view to tackling the challenges faced by medicine today.

The Centre has earned an excellent reputation for innovative, contemporary research and its members have received support for the a number of research projects such as the Centre’s Porton Down Project – ‘The History of Biochemical Warfare Research and Human Experimentation, 1945 – 1989’ (Wellcome Trust) and “Karl Brandt: The Nazi Doctor – Medicine and Power in the Third Reich” (Leverhulme Trust). For more information on publications, events, teaching and research please feel free to visit our institutional website.

Options for Study

As an educational institution, the Centre offers a wide range of courses at undergraduate level. We also provide a taught Masters course and facilitate high quality research supervision at PhD level. Areas we provide research supervision include:

  • War and medicine
  • Mental health
  • History of emotions, gender and sexuality
  • Medical ethics and law
  • Medicine and the media
  • Public and global health
  • History of disability
  • Environment and health
  • Animals and human culture
  • Medicine and empire
  • Colonial science and medicine
  • Medical humanities

Research students are encouraged to approach members of the Centre to discuss potential projects. For further information and enquiries about options for study and research please contact the Director of the Centre, Professor Ulf Schmidt.