About the authors

Nick Whitfield

I am a historian of medicine and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University.  I came to Montreal in September 2011 after completing my PhD at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.  My interests fall broadly within the history of medicine, but also include philosophy and anthropology, museums and their collections, and, most recently, blogs.


Like all researchers embarking on new projects, my starting point is a blend of curiosity and ignorance, and a wish to ask questions.  I first encountered parts of the Casey Wood collections when I volunteered at the Redpath Museum in 2012, and immediately saw a potential for exploring crossovers between medical history and the history of anthropology.  Several months later I am ready to start work on a paper, and over the next few months my blog posts will be an attempt to record elements of the research process.



Anna Winterbottom 

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Indian Ocean World Centre. My current research project is on the early modern history of medicine in the Indian Ocean region. Encountering Casey Wood’s collections of Sri Lankan medical objects at the Redpath museum inspired me to think about the connections between medicine and material culture and develop a research project along these lines. I will be posting about my research at McGill and in Sri Lanka, where I will be a visiting scholar at the Institute of Fundamental Studies for the next two years.

You can contact me at anna.winterbottom@mcgill.ca


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