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Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Dr Stephanie Snow


Research Interests

My research interests span the social, cultural and political history of 19th and 20th century health and healthcare in Britain, Europe and the US. I am an affiliate of the Health Policy, Politics and Organisations (HiPPO) group within the Health Sciences research group in Community-based Medicine.

Stroke, Medicine and Society
This 5 year study which is part of a wider Wellcome Trust funded research programme, Before Translational Medicine, focuses on the social, clinical, scientific and political consequences of the changed medical and public understandings of stroke. Through interviews and archival work across the UK, Europe and the US and including some casestudies from developing countries, it will explore questions such as: how, and with what consequences, have the new therapies introduced in the 1990s driven the global reconfiguration of practice and understanding of stroke. Early findings have been published in Chronic Illness.

The History of Guy’s and St Thomas’, 1970s to 2000s
This 18 month oral history project brings together the perspectives of decision-makers, clinicians, workers and patients to map key events such as the merger of the medical schools, the creation of one hospital Trust and the building of the Evelina Hospital for Children to capture the history of these pivotal medical institutions during a period of significant local and national social and political change. Funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, it explores themes such as the interdependence of medical research, teaching and service; organisational reconfigurations including hospital closures and mergers; changes in nursing; international clinical and management links; multi-ethnic workforces, patients and health communities; professional and social networks; and media and patient activism. A primary aim is to contribute to contemporary health policymaking and medical practice by using recent work to develop creative responses to perennial and present problems.  See:

History & Policy
A secondment to HiPPO between 2009 and 2010 enabled me to develop my interests in contemporary medicine and I am leading a collaborative seminar series with HiPPO and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to explore the role of policy in history and the place of history in policy processes.

Black and Minority Ethnic Clinicians
Emma Jones and I co-authored Against the Odds: Black and Minority Ethnic Clinicians and Manchester, 1948-2009 (Carnegie Press 2010) which drew on new historical research and oral history to weave together the personal experiences of BME clinicians in Manchester with the wider histories of labour shortages, migration, discrimination, and the history of the NHS. Funded by Manchester PCT, the work was used as a resource by the Department of Health’s Equality & Diversity Committee. We are now extending our work to the history of BME nurses across the UK.

Anaesthesia and Pain
My early research focused on the life and work of John Snow, anaesthetist and epidemiologist and publications included Operations Without Pain: The practice and science of anaesthesia in Victorian Britian, 1846-1900 (Palgrave 2006) and Blessed Days of Anaesthesia. How anaesthetics changed the world (Oxford University Press, 2008; 2009) which was Highly Commended in the Longman/History Today Book of the Year Awards, 2009 and published in Japanese in 2013.

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