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I’m a writer, teacher and broadcaster, mostly on the history of science and medicine, and a poet. My books include international bestseller The Sick Rose, Medical London, a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week,  and the award-winning poetry collection Seahouses.

I’ve taught the history of science and medicine at UCL, Cambridge, and other leading institutions for more than a decade, and in 2011 I received one of the first Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships. I’m history consultant for the BBC’s historical-comedy series Quacks, and I’ve made many appearances on TV and radio around the world.

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