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Dr Lynsey Cullen

ECR Researcher
I began my academic career with an undergraduate degree in Modern History from Cardiff University. This was followed by an MA and PhD in the History of Medicine at Oxford Brookes University (supervised by Prof. Steve King and Prof. Elizabeth Hurren). Since the completion of my PhD I have had substantial time out of academia in order to care for my disabled mother, but have worked on a small projects for Dr Katherine Watson (Oxford Brookes - for which I uncovered the patient case records of nineteenth century acid attack victims) and Steve King (Nottingham Trent, previously University of Leicester – for which I undertook research on the history of patient data). I am now looking to submit postdoctoral research proposals in order to step back into an academic career on a full-time basis.

Research and Teaching Interests

My PhD thesis examined patient case records of the Royal Free Hospital during the early twentieth century. It explored patient identity and choice in the medical marketplace, population health, hospital treatment, and patient experience. The project sampled, photographed, and transcribed over five-hundred patient case records (the largest corpus for an historical study to date) on which a mixture of quantitative and qualitative analysis, case studies, and record linkage methodologies were employed. In addition, I have undertaken research on the history of mental health, post-mortems, and medical social work, and have published in these areas in peer reviewed journals (please see CV).


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