Professor Marguerite Dupree
- Honorary Professor (School of Social & Political Sciences)
I have long-standing research interests in family, gender, urban and demographic history in nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain, as well as industry-state relations in the twentieth century, business history and particularly medical history. I am interested in the relationship between business and medicine, having published on the history of hydropathic establishments and on medical practitioners and the business of life assurance. I have published on the history of social welfare, and much of my recent research has been on the history of the medical profession, the history of hospitals and Joseph Lister. Currently I am examining the history of hospital infection control in Britain between c. 1870 and 1970 as part of a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust (see below).
Currently I am co-holder, together with Professor Anne Marie Rafferty of King’s College London, of a Research Project Grant from the Leverhulme Trust, entitled ‘From Microbes to Matrons: infection control in British hospitals, c1870-1970’. The £223,827 award is for three years and began in October 2013. The study focuses on operative and post-operative practices, based on medical and nursing textbooks and training materials, and on administrative and case records from four hospitals with which Joseph Lister or Florence Nightingale were associated, two in Scotland and two in London. I am responsible for the Scottish half of the research and shares responsibility for the overall direction of the project with Professor Rafferty. A PhD student, Susan Gardiner, began work in September 2013, co-supervised by myself and Professor Nicolson. The grant also funds a part-time research assistant, Dr Iain Hutchison, based in the Centre who began in September 2014.
Currently, I co-supervise a PhD student, Susan Gardiner; I teach classes for the optional courses, History of Medicine I and History of Medicine II for the MSc/MLitt in History; and I contribute to the teaching of the Student Selected Component for medical students.
Selected Conference Papers
'The costs of infection control in British hospitals, c. 1870-1970' for the Economic Society Annual Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 27-29 March 2015 (with Claire Jones)
'Health Centres in Scotland 1948-74: patient involvement?' for the 'Health Care and the People' Conference at Glasgow Caledonian University 13-14 January 2009
'Health Services in Remote Areas Foreshadowing the Future: the National Health Service and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland 1948-74' for the Annual Regional Forum, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow, 4 October 2008.
'Sickness and Health in Northern Remote and Rural Regions During the 19th and 20th Centuries' conference, Memorial University, St John's Newfoundland, Canada, May 2007
'Kill or Cure: Water and Health in the Nineteenth Century' conference,Venice, Italy, March 2007
Invited commentator for a symposium on 'Birth Pains and Death Throes: the Creation of Vital Statistics in Scotland and England', Centre for the History of Medicine University of Glasgow, September 2004
Politics of Friendship Conference, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College London, September 2004.
'Scottish Health History: International Contexts, Contemporary Perspectives', connference, Glasgow, June 2003
American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Conference, Boston, Mass., May 2003
'Hospitals, patients and medicine in modern history' conference organised by the History of Medicine and Health Programme at the Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Studies, University of Bergen, Norway, March 2004
History Department Seminar, Greenwich University, October 2003
History Department Seminar, Birkbeck College, University of London, June 2002
History Department Seminar, University of Manchester, May 2001