Miss Laura Neff

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I am interested in the History of Surgery, Tropical Medicine, Forensics, Medicine in the British Empire and the History of Medicine in America. Currently my PhD research focuses on the history of abdominal surgery in London 1860-1890.

Educational background

As background, I completed my undergraduate degree at American University located in Washington, DC in 2007. My undergraduate thesis explored the ethical debate on life and death in the womb through the "Caesearen Wars" in Manchester at the end of the eighteenth century. In 2009 I completed my MA at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. My Masters thesis examined the medical, social and cultural compexities of placenta praevia in the mid-nineteenth century. 

Honors and Awards:

Friendly Hand Fellowship (2013/2014)

Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine Studentship (2008/2009)

Presenter at American University's History Day (2007)

Member of Phi Alpha Theta (American University's History Honor Society)

Prizewinner for outstanding presentation by a junior or senior at the College of Arts and Sciences Robin Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference (2007)

Recipent of the James Mooney Award for undergraduate historical research at American University (2006)

Teaching

HS2235: From Blood and Guts to the Worried Well: Medicine in Modern Britian

Visiting Lecturer (2013-2015) 

Brilliant Club, SW Cluster 

Victorian Medicine: From Body Snatchers to Bacteriology

Brilliant Club Tutor Key Stage 5 (Summer 2014 and Summer 2015)

From Body Snatchers to Brilliant Surgeons: The History of Medicine in Victorian Britain  

Brilliant Club Tutor Key Stage 3 (Spring 2016)

Other work

2013 (Talks and Presentations)

1. The Abdominal Abyss: The Surgical Exploration of Maternal Medicine 1860-1890, April 4 and 4 at A Picture of Health Conference hosted at the Royal College of Art

2. The Abdominal Abyss:The Surgical Exploration of Maternal Medicine 1860-1890, April 20 at London Nineteenth-Century Studies Day hosted at Senate House Library

3.The Abdominal Abyss:The Surgical Exploration of Maternal Medicine 1860-1890, June 20 at Postgraduate Pioneers at Royal Holloway University of London

4. The Abdominal Abyss and The Secret Life of Surgical Textbooks, July 31 at The Wellcome Trust

5. In This Empire: Memory, Metaphors and the Rise of the Medical Statesman 1860-1890, October 22 at CHSTM Lunchtime Seminars at the University of Manchester

2014 (Talks and Presentations)

6. Risk of Surgery and Risk from Surgery: Abdominal Operations 1860-1890, January 22, Centre for the Study of the Body and Material Culture and Centre for Victorian Studies RHUL, Joint Lunchtime Seminar, Monstrous Misconceptions: 'Medicalised' Bodies of the Nineteenth Century

7. Abdominal Surgery and the Special Diseases of Women 1860-1890, January 30, History Unlimited Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Health History Seminars Funded by the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare at University of Strathclyde

8. Without Rules? Abdominal Surgery, Risk and Failure in Victorian Britain 1860-1890, March 24, Breaking Boundaries Conference hosted by the Institute of Historical Research and History Lab at Senate House Library

9.Out of the Abyss: The Surgical Exploration of Maternal Medicine 1860-1890, July 16-18, Perceptions of Pregnancy Conference hosted at the University of Hertfordshire 

10. Beyond ‘Great Men’ Histories: Abdominal Surgery, Risk and Failure in Victorian Britain, September 12, A Life as a Lens: Using Individuals in Wider Historical Research Conference hosted at the University of Roehampton

2015 (Talks and Presentations)

11.  ‘Not a Network but “The Profession”: Surgical Norms, Imagined Communities and the Consolation of Surgical Practices’,  June 11,  Perspectives on the Past: Interdisciplinary in Historical Research Conference hosted at the University of Kent

 

1.Wellcome Oral History of Medicine Residential Programme 2013, (Coordinator and Participant) September 2-September 6

2. BSHS Ambassador--Please see http://www.bshs.org.uk/outreach-and-education/bshs-ambassadors

3. I'm on Twitter, Follow me at https://www.twitter/LauraRNeff 

4. Please see my Digital History video on 'Ovariotomy' and 'Abdominal Surgery' in Victorian England. Submitted for AAHM 2014: https://vimeo.com/93055956

5. Please see my professional profile at https://www.linkedin.com/pub/laura-neff/104/108/302 

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