Lecturers: Author Biographies & Research Interests

Research interests:

history of psychiatry, cultural psychiatry, medical anthropology


Marius Turda is a Reader in 20th Century Central and Eastern European Biomedicine at Oxford Brookes University (staff page), and Deputy Director of its Centre for Health, Medicine and Society.


Benedek Varga studied history, archivist studies and philosophy at the ELTE University, Budapest. He was an honorary visiting fellow at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, in 1991-92; and a visiting researcher at King’s College Cambridge in 1994 (2 months) as well as at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, in 2000. 


Charles Webster has worked in Oxford since 1969. He has written extensively on science and medicine in the early modern period, most recently, a detailed study of the political and religious outlook of Paracelsus published by Yale University Press.


Prof Paul Weindling is a Wellcome Trust Research Professor in the History of Medicine at Oxford Brookes University, and an internationally renowned expert on the history of eugenics, public health organizations, and twentieth century disease patterns. Paul Weindling’s research covers evolution and society, public health, and human experimentation post-1800.


Author Biography
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden. University studies, degree and research in Art History, History, History of Economics and History of Science and Ideas, with a focus on the History of Medicine. Dr. phil. h.c. from the University of Gothenburg


Dr Andrew N. Williams is a consultant community paediatrician, medical historian, archive curator and playwright. As a full time NHS consultant, he specialises in paediatric neurodisability and community child health. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and is a past President of the British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health.


Katharine Wright is Assistant Director at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. There she organises and runs Working Parties and other activities, and is involved in representing the Council to the public and professional bodies.

Before joining the Secretariat in May 2007, she worked on health law and ethics in the NHS, the Department of Health and the House of Commons.




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