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

I teach at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and in 2011 I received one of the first Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships. I write a monthly column on the cultural history of disease for the Lancet, and I’ve made many appearances on US and UK TV and radio – Channel 4’s Time Team, BBC1’s Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC2’s Horizon, BBC Radio 4’s Shakespeare’s Restless World, PBS, the Discovery Channel and more.

I’ve spoken about my work in all kinds of places – from the National Theatre to the sewers of south London – and 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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