Friday 5 April: ‘A Species of Knowledge’: Women and Medicine 1750-1850

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Friday 5th April 2019, 12:30pm to 6:00pm
Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

This interdisciplinary symposium will examine the ways that women gained, exchanged, and recorded medical knowledge during the period 1750-1850, including through correspondence, manuscript circulation, publication, apprenticeship, and training while considering how women engaged in medical practice in a variety of contexts.

Keynote speaker:

Professor Hilary Marland (University of Warwick)
‘“Say that I may rest here till my shattered nerves have recovered”: Knowledge, negotiation and nervous disorder in the diary and letters of Sara Coleridge, 1832-43’

Confirmed speakers:

Dr Erin Spinney (Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford)
‘Seniority, Experience, and On-the-job Training at British Naval Hospitals 1775-1815’

Janette Bright (Institute of Historical Research, University of London)
‘Women Advisers to the Foundling Hospital Governors’

Dr Alexis Wolf (Birkbeck, University of London)
‘Self-Education and Mentoring in the Domestic Medical Texts of Margaret Mason, Lady Mount Cashell’

This event is free with advance booking required. Parents with children and participants with disabilities are encouraged to attend. A breakout room will be available and refreshments provided. If you have specific dietary or access requirements, please inform the conference organiser at

Supported by the Birkbeck/Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund and the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies. Please visit for further information and registration.

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