I’m a writer, teacher and broadcaster, mostly on the cultural 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 and Cambridge, 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. I lead an acclaimed series of walks around London’s medical and scientific history. Follow these links to find out more about:

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About me
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My poetry books
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My guided walks around London
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