My name is Alison Moulds and I am currently working towards a DPhil at the University of Oxford, working on the AHRC-funded project ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the Nineteenth and Twenty-First Centuries’. My research looks at the way in which the doctor/patient relationship was constructed in medical writing during the nineteenth century. I am using the wonderful journal holdings at the Royal College of Surgeons and am also looking at medical textbooks, advice manuals for the home, and fiction written by doctors.
The Victorian Clinic brings together some of my nascent thoughts about doctors, patients, medicine, and health in the Victorian period. I come from an Eng Lit background and many of my posts will consider how these themes manifest in literature.
The blog began life while I was working on my MA in Victorian Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. I studied part-time while working full-time in health policy and public affairs. It’s perhaps unsurprising that this combination cultivated an interest in medical humanities! Although this blog has developed in fits and starts, I keep my early musings here to remind me how my interest in nineteenth-century medicine developed and flourished.
As well as Victorian medicine, my research interests include sensation fiction, disability studies, and gender studies.