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Neil Handley

New professions and professionalism in 20th century medical museums.

I am interested in how the so-called 'new' medical professions of the 20th century utilised museums to tell their own histories, both to the public and to themselves, and thereby establish or justify their claims (sometimes contested) to professional status. I will note the wider context in which, concurrently, some of the older established medical professions modified their existing museums, hitherto primarily anatomical teaching collections, to embrace more strictly historical content, in the face of growing recognition of the importance of the medical humanities and the benefits of professional-public engagement.

Supervisor: Dr Fiona Candlin