Dr Angus Ferguson

  • Lecturer in Economic and Social History (Economic & Social History)
  • Associate (Institute of Health & Wellbeing)

Research interests

Research Interests

My research examines evolving understandings of, and approaches to, medical confidentiality and privacy since the late eighteenth century. In addition to distilling the theoretical approaches and core principles underpinning key developments in the past, my work also highlights the ways in which policy and practice on these issues have been shaped by more pragmatic concerns and contingent events. Having undertaken detailed analysis of the evolution of medical confidentiality and privacy in Britain, my current work focuses on developing relevant international comparisons. I am also actively engaged in the development of national strategy in relevant areas.

Other research interests include:

  • History of Infant Health (SIDS, Infant and child nutrition)
  • History of Medical Ethics
  • History of the interaction of Law and Medicine

Research Contributions

  • Co-organiser (with Professor Andreas-Holger Maehle, Durham University) of 'Medical Confidentiality and Privacy: Past, Present and Future', University of Glasgow, 2014.
  • Co-organiser of 'Apprenticeship to Lifelong Learning: Dental Education Through the Centuries', Easterbrook Hall, Crichton Campus, Dumfries, 2011
  • Organiser of 'Foetal Fortunes: A second symposium on the history of foetal and infant health and welfare from 1700 to the present', Centre for the History of Medicine, 2009
  • Organiser of postgraduate/staff reading group, Centre for the History of Medicine.
  • Co-organiser of seminar series, Centre for the History of Medicine, 2005-2008

Grants

  • ESRC/EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account 2018.
  • University of Glasgow, 2015-16. College of Social Sciences Research Fellowship at Columbia University.
  • Wellcome Trust, 2014. Grant to support interdisciplinary symposium: 'Medical Confidentiality and Privacy: Past, Present and Future.'
  • University of Glasgow, 2012-15. Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow in Social Sciences.

Supervision

I provide PGT and PGR supervision to history of medicine students and others working on topics related to my research interests. Past topics have included historical work on diabetes; breast-feeding; theories of illness and disease; and medical law and ethics.

Current PhD supervision

  • Dominic Reed, (Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholar). 'Privacy: Past, Present and Future'. This project is part of Collections: an Enlightenment Pedagogy for the 21st Century.
  • Michelle McGachie, (Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholar). 'Question(s) of Consent'. This project is part of Collections: an Enlightenment Pedagogy for the 21st Century.
  • Steven Craig, '"Dissevering all connection with the science of abstract quality": the origins of an epistemological watershed in British medicine 1736-1780.'
  • Siti Farahiyah Binti Hj Ab Rahim, 'Patients' Data Privacy vs. Breach of Confidentiality on Electronic Media: A Critical Analysis.'
  • Roz Sullivan, 'All Changed: Changed Utterly. The General Medical Council and Self-Regulation of the Medical Profession.

Additional information

External Appointments

Learned Societies

  • Member of the Economic History Society
  • Member of the Society for the Social History of Medicine

Seminar and Conference Papers

  • The 2018 George Armstrong Lecture to the British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health. 
  • Medicine24, Excellence in Healthcare, RCPSG, June 2017.
  • Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare, March 2016.
  • Northern Network for Medical Humanities, January 2016.
  • Data Safety in Scottish Health and Social Care Partnerships, October 2015.
  • Public lecture, University of Auckland, New Zealand, February 2015
  • Glasgow History of Medicine Group, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, November 2014
  • Wellcome Trust Symposium, 'Medical Confidentiality and Privacy: Past, Present and Future', April 2014
  • Imperial College London, November 2011
  • Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter, March 2011
  • Centre for the History of Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, November 2009
  • 'Foetal Fortunes 2: A second symposium on the history of foetal and infant health and welfare from 1700 to the present', University of Glasgow, November 2009
  • Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Birmingham, March 2008
  • Edinburgh History of Medicine Group, Royal college of Physicians, Edinburgh, December 2007
  • Rank Prize Mini-Symposium on the Origins of the Science and Practice of Infant and Child Nutrition and Feeding, Storrs Hall, Windermere, October 2007
  • British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal college of Surgeons, Dublin, September 2007
  • Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University of Ulster, February 2007
  • Children's Health: International Agendas, National Practices conference, University of Bergen, Norway, December 2006
  • Cradle to the Crave Workshop Series, Strathclyde/Caledonian University, Glasgow, November 2006
  • Society for the Social History of Medicine Annual Conference, University of Warwick, June 2006
  • Regional Forum for the History of Medicine in Scotland, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, October 2005
  • Scottish Women's History Network Annual Conference, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, March 2005
  • Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease, University of Durham, February 2005
  • Economic History Society conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, April 2004
  • Social History Society conference, University of Rouen, Haute Normandie, France, January 2004

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2015 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004
Number of items: 13.

2015

Ferguson, A. H. (2015) Ignored disease or diagnostic dustbin? Sudden infant death syndrome in the British context. Social History of Medicine, 28(3), pp. 487-508. (doi:10.1093/shm/hkv003) (PMID:26217070) (PMCID:PMC4513887)

Ferguson, A. H. (2015) The role of history in debates regarding the boundaries of medical confidentiality and privacy. Journal of Medical Law and Ethics, 3(1-2), pp. 65-81. (doi:10.7590/221354015X14319325750070) (PMID:26877972) (PMCID:PMC4751619)

Philip, J. M. D. and Ferguson, A. H. (2015) Introducing ethical frameworks into classroom discussions of scientific ethics. School Science Review, 96(356), pp. 95-98.

Ferguson, A. H. and Maehle, A.-H. (2015) Medical confidentiality and privacy: past present and future. Journal of Medical Law and Ethics, pp. 1-3.

2013

Ferguson, A.H. (2013) Should a Doctor Tell?: The Evolution of Medical Confidentiality in Britain. Series: Medical law and ethics. Ashgate: Farnham, Surrey. ISBN 9780754679608

Ferguson, A.H. (2013) Medical confidentiality in the military. In: Gross, M.L. and Carrick, D. (eds.) Military Medical Ethics for the 21st Century. Series: Military and defence ethics. Ashgate: Farnham, pp. 209-224. ISBN 9781409438984

2012

Ferguson, A.H. (2012) The evolution of confidentiality in the United Kingdom and the West. Virtual Mentor, 14(9), pp. 738-742.

2011

Ferguson, A.H. (2011) Exploring the myth of a Scottish privilege: a comparison of the early development of the law on medical confidentiality in Scotland and England. In: Gordon, E., Freeman, M. and Maglen, K. (eds.) Medicine, Law and Public Policy in Scotland 1840-1980. Dundee University Press: Dundee, UK, pp. 125-140. ISBN 9781845860516

2009

Ferguson, A.H. (2009) Speaking out about staying silent: an historical examination of medico-legal debates over the boundaries of medical confidentiality. In: Goold, I. and Kelly, C. (eds.) Lawyers' Medicine: The Legislature, the Courts and Medical Practice, 1760-2000. Hart Publishing: Oxford, pp. 99-124. ISBN 9781841138497

2006

Ferguson, A.H. (2006) The lasting legacy of a bigamous duchess: the benchmark precedent for medical confidentiality. Social History of Medicine, 19(1), pp. 37-53. (doi:10.1093/shm/hkj002) (PMID:17153159)

Ferguson, A.H. , Weaver, L.T. and Nicolson, M. (2006) The Glasgow Corporation milk depot 1904-1910 and its role in infant welfare. Social History of Medicine, 19(3), pp. 443-460. (doi:10.1093/shm/hkl041)

2005

Ferguson, A.H. (2005) Should a doctor tell? Medical confidentiality in interwar England and Scotland. CHMD Work in Progress Seminar, Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease, Durham University, 28 February.

2004

Ferguson, A.H. (2004) The cost of keeping quiet. Were patient's secrets up for auction in the historical medical marketplace? In: Economic History Society Annual Conference, London, 2-4 April 2004, pp. 1-5.

This list was generated on Tue Dec 18 20:16:26 2018 GMT.
Number of items: 13.

Articles

Ferguson, A. H. (2015) Ignored disease or diagnostic dustbin? Sudden infant death syndrome in the British context. Social History of Medicine, 28(3), pp. 487-508. (doi:10.1093/shm/hkv003) (PMID:26217070) (PMCID:PMC4513887)

Ferguson, A. H. (2015) The role of history in debates regarding the boundaries of medical confidentiality and privacy. Journal of Medical Law and Ethics, 3(1-2), pp. 65-81. (doi:10.7590/221354015X14319325750070) (PMID:26877972) (PMCID:PMC4751619)

Philip, J. M. D. and Ferguson, A. H. (2015) Introducing ethical frameworks into classroom discussions of scientific ethics. School Science Review, 96(356), pp. 95-98.

Ferguson, A. H. and Maehle, A.-H. (2015) Medical confidentiality and privacy: past present and future. Journal of Medical Law and Ethics, pp. 1-3.

Ferguson, A.H. (2012) The evolution of confidentiality in the United Kingdom and the West. Virtual Mentor, 14(9), pp. 738-742.

Ferguson, A.H. (2006) The lasting legacy of a bigamous duchess: the benchmark precedent for medical confidentiality. Social History of Medicine, 19(1), pp. 37-53. (doi:10.1093/shm/hkj002) (PMID:17153159)

Ferguson, A.H. , Weaver, L.T. and Nicolson, M. (2006) The Glasgow Corporation milk depot 1904-1910 and its role in infant welfare. Social History of Medicine, 19(3), pp. 443-460. (doi:10.1093/shm/hkl041)

Books

Ferguson, A.H. (2013) Should a Doctor Tell?: The Evolution of Medical Confidentiality in Britain. Series: Medical law and ethics. Ashgate: Farnham, Surrey. ISBN 9780754679608

Book Sections

Ferguson, A.H. (2013) Medical confidentiality in the military. In: Gross, M.L. and Carrick, D. (eds.) Military Medical Ethics for the 21st Century. Series: Military and defence ethics. Ashgate: Farnham, pp. 209-224. ISBN 9781409438984

Ferguson, A.H. (2011) Exploring the myth of a Scottish privilege: a comparison of the early development of the law on medical confidentiality in Scotland and England. In: Gordon, E., Freeman, M. and Maglen, K. (eds.) Medicine, Law and Public Policy in Scotland 1840-1980. Dundee University Press: Dundee, UK, pp. 125-140. ISBN 9781845860516

Ferguson, A.H. (2009) Speaking out about staying silent: an historical examination of medico-legal debates over the boundaries of medical confidentiality. In: Goold, I. and Kelly, C. (eds.) Lawyers' Medicine: The Legislature, the Courts and Medical Practice, 1760-2000. Hart Publishing: Oxford, pp. 99-124. ISBN 9781841138497

Conference or Workshop Item

Ferguson, A.H. (2005) Should a doctor tell? Medical confidentiality in interwar England and Scotland. CHMD Work in Progress Seminar, Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease, Durham University, 28 February.

Conference Proceedings

Ferguson, A.H. (2004) The cost of keeping quiet. Were patient's secrets up for auction in the historical medical marketplace? In: Economic History Society Annual Conference, London, 2-4 April 2004, pp. 1-5.

This list was generated on Tue Dec 18 20:16:26 2018 GMT.