Professor Mark Jackson




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Telephone: 01392 723003

I am currently Professor of the History of Medicine and Research Theme  Leader for Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter.

After qualifying in immunology in 1982 and medicine in 1985, I pursued research on the social history of infanticide and the history of `feeble-mindedness' at the Universities of Leeds and Manchester. More recently, I have been researching and writing on the history of allergic diseases, such as asthma, hayfever and eczema, in the modern world, and on the history of stress. My publications include New-Born Child Murder: Women, Illegitimacy and the Courts in Eighteenth-Century England (1996), The Borderland of Imbecility: Medicine, Society and the Fabrication of the Feeble Mind in Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain (2000), Allergy: The History of a Modern Malady (2006), Asthma: The Biography (2009), Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine (Ed., 2011), The Age of Stress: Science and the Search for Stability (2013), The History of Medicine: A Beginners Guide (2014, shortlisted for the Dingle Prize), and Stress in Post-War Britain, 1945 - 85 (2015) as well numerous edited volumes, book chapters and journal articles.  

I have a strong interest in developing and expanding the undergraduate medical curriculum and in creating opportunities for wider public engagement activities in radio, television, newspapers and schools.  I am currently Senor Academic Adviser (Medical Humanities) at the Wellcome Trust and have served as Chair of the Wellcome Trust History of Medicine Funding Committee, (2003-8), and the Trust's Research Resources Funding Committee (2008-13). I am a member of the History sub-panel for REF 2014.  I have recently been appointed to the WHO European Advisory Committee on Health Research and Chair the WHO Euro Expert Group on the Cultural Contexts of Health.