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Professor Marguerite Dupree

Professor Marguerite DupreeProfessor of Social and Medical History (Honorary)
Marguerite Dupree is Honorary Professor of Social and Medical History and core staff member of Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Glasgow. She is co-author with Anne Crowther of Medical Lives in the Age of Surgical Revolution (CUP, 2007; pbk 2010), a collective biography examining the social background, education and careers of c.2,000 medical students who matriculated at Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities around 1870, many of whom were taught by Joseph Lister and put his antiseptic ideas into practice as they pursued their careers in Britain and around the world. She was co-organiser of a conference in 2012 to mark the centenary of Lister’s death, and co-editor of a special issue, ‘Learning from Lister’, of Notes and Records of the Royal Society. Currently, she is co-holder, with Anne-Marie Rafferty of King’s College London, of a Leverhulme Trust project grant for three years for research into the history of infection control in British hospitals c1870-1970.

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Dupree has long-standing research interests in the history of medicine. She has pursued them in the context of orther research into family, gender, urban and demographic history in nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain, as well as industry-state relations in the twentieth century, and business history. She is interested in the relationship between business and medicine, having published on the history of hydropathic establishments and on medical practitioners and the business of life assurance. She has published on the history of social welfare, and much of her recent research has been on the history of the medical profession, the history of hospitals and Joseph Lister. Currently she is examining the history of hospital infection control in Britain between c. 1870 and 1970 as part of a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust.


AntisepsisGenderHistory of MedicineInfectionNHSNineteenth CenturyNursingSurgeryWelfare


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