Welcome to the Centre for the History of Medicine

The Centre is part of the Economic and Social History subject area within the School of Social and Political Sciences in the College of Social Sciences. We also have close ties with the Institute of Health and Wellbeing. It is based in the historic Lilybank House, one of the first building to be constructed on Gilmorehill. It retains many features dating from its redesign by the Scottish architect Alexander 'Greek' Thomson in the 19th centuary. 

The Centre has a reference library, computing facilities, and other equipment providing excellent support for research. We run a series of research workshops and seminars with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and occasional symposia all of which bring in speakers from throughout the UK and further afield.

As well as the outstanding facilities of University of Glasgow Library and Archives and Special Collections, our researchers also have access to rich archival materials held locally by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the Greater Glasgow Health Board, and Glasgow City Archives. Libraries and Archives elsewhere in Scotland are also easily accessible.

Centre for the History of Medicine Annual Report 2015

Our Research Themes

History of:

  • Scottish Medicine
  • Hospitals, the Medical Profession and Medical Education.
  • Diagnosis and Medical Technology
  • Child Health
  • Antibiotic Resistance and Infection Control
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Medical confidentiality, privacy and information governance
  • Epidemics
  • Psychiatry.
  • Smoking and Addiction
  • Disability
  • Refugee Camps
  • Environmental Science