Applications are invited for a PhD Bursary on the history of stomach diseases, c1800-c1900, especially peptic ulcer disease.
This project is supported by the Bardhan Research and Educational Trust (BRET) and was stimulated by the interest of Professor Chandu Bardhan (Rotherham District General Hospital and University of Sheffield) in the history of peptic ulcer disease. It will be up to the successful candidate, in collaboration with their supervisors, to refine the proposal, but it is envisaged that the research will explore the development of general and specialist work on diseases of the stomach from the early nineteenth-century to the twentieth-century — the end point is open. One focus is likely to be changing understandings of the aetiology, pathogenesis and pathology of general and specific stomach diseases, plus an analysis of contemporary views on the epidemiology of the different conditions. In this context, it is expected that there will work on socio-economic, dietary, and environmental factors, along with age, gender and race, and how these were understood to shape the incidence and severity of different diseases. It will be essential to look at therapeutics (professional, proprietary and other), at the management of sufferers, and at prevention. There will also be an opportunity for wider context of ‘stomach complaints’ in non-medical spheres. The successful candidate will join CHSTM’s groups of 12 doctoral students – details of CHSTM and its PhD Programme are at http://www.ls.manchester.ac.uk/chstm/studyhere/postgraduate/
Ideally, candidates should have, or be soon to complete, a Masters in the History of Medicine, or allied subject. However, we will consider applicants with other relevant experience and background. In the first instance applicants should send a letter of application and a curriculum vitae to Michael Worboys — addresses below. The Bursary is at Research Council rates, and covers fees and research expenses.
Professor Michael Worboys Centre for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine & Wellcome Unit Simon Building University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL Tel: 0161 275 5431/5850 Fax: 0161 275 5699 E-mail: [email protected]