Building on my training in the history of medicine and the environment, I am currently working on two projects that span these fields.
The Ends of Coal
The Right to Know
I am also revising research that stems from my earlier work on the NHS. This work explores the history of the ‘right to know’ about one’s possible or probable death in the UK and the US. Until surprisingly late in the twentieth century, medical practitioners would typically not inform a patient of a terminal diagnosis. The article considers how the ‘death awareness movement’ (comprised of hospice activists, psychologists, anthropologists and sociologists, among others) campaigned for patients to be told the truth about their condition, premised on influential arguments regarding an apparent ‘taboo’ about death in the industrialised world.