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Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease

Aims and Objectives

Together with the medical historians at the University of Newcastle, the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease forms the Northern Centre for the History of Medicine (NCHM). Within Durham University, the CHMD constitutes, together with the Centre for Medical Humanities, the Medical Humanities Research Group.

The CHMD's research and other activities are supported by grants from the Wellcome Trust. Current areas of research in the CHMD include the history of medical ethics and the medical profession, the history of sexuality and the body (including anatomy), the history of infectious diseases, the history of pharmacology, and other cultural aspects of medicine and health.

In collaboration with the Philosophy Department and the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, the CHMD runs a Master's programme in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine. This one-year (two years part-time) programme combines historical and philosophical approaches to medicine and science.

The CHMD promotes:

  • Interdisciplinary research projects and research income generation
  • Collaborative research with other relevant centres in the UK and abroad
  • Postgraduate education in the History of Medicine
  • Public understanding of the historical dimensions of health care and medical science