Professor Anne Crowther

Professor Anne Crowther

Senior Research Fellow

Room 317
Lilybank House
Bute Gardens
G12 8RT

Tel: +44(0)141 330 6071

Research Interests

  • Social history of medicine in Britain 18th-20th centuries
  • History of crime: 19th and 20th century Britain
  • History of social policy in 19th and 20th century Britain



(with S. McGann and R. Dougal) A History of the Royal College of Nursing 1916-1989: A Voice for Nurses (Manchester University Press, 2009) ISBN 9780719077951

(with Marguerite Dupree) Medical Lives in the Age of Surgical Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2007)

(with B.M.White) On Soul and Conscience: the Medical Expert and Crime. 150 Years of Forensic Medicine in Glasgow (Aberdeen University Press, 1988)

Social Policy in Britain 1914-39 (Macmillan, for the Economic History Society, 1988)

The Workhouse System 1834-1929 (1st impression Batsford, 1981; 2nd impression Methuen, 1983)

Church Embattled: religious controversy in mid-Victorian England (David & Charles, 1972)

Articles and Essays

'The toxicology of Robert Christison: European influences and British practice in the early nineteenth century,' in Jose Ramon Bertomeu-Sanchez and Agusti Nieto-Galan (eds), Chemistry, Medicine, and Crime: Mateu J.B. Orfila (1787-1853) and his times (Sagamore Beach Ma., Science History Publications USA, 2006), pp. 125-52

'Health care and poor relief in provincial England,' in Ole Grell, Andrew Cunningham and Robert Jutte, Health care and poor relief in 18th and 19th century Northern Europe, Ashgate 2002

'From workhouse to NHS hospital in Britain, 1929-1948,' in C Hillam and J M Bone (ed), The Poor Law and after; workhouse hospitals and public welfare, Liverpool Medical History Society 1999, 38-4

'Introduction' and 'Medicine and the law in nineteenth-century Scotland' in Medicine and the Law; Proceedings of the 19th international symposium on the comparative history of medicine - East and West. (Tokyo, Ishiyaku, 1998), ix-xiv, 63-82

'Crime, prosecution and mercy: English influences and Scottish practice in the early nineteenth century,' in S J Connolly (ed), Kingdoms United? (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 1998) ISBN 1 85182 401 4, 225-238

(with M W Dupree) 'The invisible general practitioner: the careers of Scottish Medical Students in the late nineteenth century,' Bulletin of the History of Medicine 70, 1996 387-413

(with M Dupree and J Bradley) 'Micros and medical students: sources and methods for exploring the educational careers and completion rates of Scottish medical students in the late nineteeth century,' in Peter Denley (ed), Computing Techniques and the History of Universities (Max-Planck-Institut, St Katharinen) 1996, 155-174

(with J Bradley and M W Dupree), 'Mobility and selection in Scottish University Medical Education, 1858-1886,' Medical History 40, 1996 1-24

'Forensic medicine and medical ethics in nineteenth-century Britain,' in R.Baker (ed.), The Codification of Medical Morality, vol 2 (Dordrecht/Boston, Kluwer Academic, 1995),173-189

'Criminal precognitions and their value for the historian,' Scottish Archives vol 1, 1995, 75-84

'A Fermtoun Tragedy,' Scottish Local History 29, Oct 1993, 16-20

'The Tramp,' in R.S.Porter (ed), Myths of the English (Oxford, Polity Pr 1992), 90-113. 2nd ed 1993

'The Workhouse,' in T.C.Smout (ed), Victorian Values, Proc. British Acad 78, 1992, 181-92

(with M.W. Dupree), 'A profile of the Medical Profession in Scotland in the early twentieth century: the Medical Directory as a historical source.' Bulletin of the History of Medicine 65, 1991, 209-233

'Poverty, health and welfare,' in H.Fraser and R.J.Morris (eds.) People and Society in Scotland Vol II, (Edinburgh, John Donald 1990), 265-289

(with B.M White), 'Medicine, property and the law in Britain 1800-1914,' Historical Journal 31,4, 1988, 853-870

'"Savill's disease:" a pauper epidemic in Britain and its implications,' Bulletin of the History of Medicine 60, 4, 1986, 544-558

'The last years of the workhouse,' in P. Thane (ed.) Origins of British Social Policy, 36-55 Croom Helm 1979 2nd impression 1985

'Paupers or patients? Obstacles to professionalization in the Poor Law Medical Service before 1914,' Journal of the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences 39, 1, 1984 33-55

'Family responsibility and state responsibility in Britain before the welfare state,' Historical Journal 25, 1,1982, 131-45

Web Seminar

'Professionalism and Prestige: a British perspective on international nursing organisation in the 20th century', sponsored by the World Health Organization, 2008

'Why women should be nurses and not doctors', sponsored by the UK Society for the History of Nursing, 2002