Fiona Jade Howarth


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  • Address: School of History, Classics and Archaeology
    Northern Centre for the History of Medicine
    Armstrong Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

PhD Thesis: Ludwig Edelstein: Towards an Intellectual Biography

My PhD will produce the first intellectual biography of Ludwig Edelstein. It will demonstrate the importance of considering life and work within the same sphere. It will also underline the value of using correspondence for Medical History and the richness of information a biographical study can provide. Reading Edelstein’s correspondence in the light of his ample scholarly output will allow for this. Ludwig Edelstein’s life has not been accorded the interest it merits. He is an important subject for the History of Medicine due to his outstanding contribution to the field in terms of his work and innovative ideas. The research will be important in helping to reflect upon the development of the History of Medicine, a topic which is receiving more attention but is yet to be given sufficient dedication in the English speaking world. However, History of Medicine is not the only discipline this biography will be relevant for. Edelstein was also an important scholar in the fields of classics, philology, and philosophy, and so this work will be help to reflect on these disciplines also.

Subject Area: History of Medicine

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Other Research Interests

Main areas include:

Ancient Medicine
History of Birth Control
History of Dentistry
Medical Advertising

Curriculum Vitae

2010-2011: MA with Distinction from Newcastle University in History of Medicine.

2007-2010: BA with First Class Honours from Newcastle University in Ancient History and Archaeology.

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Awards and Funding

2011-2014: Awarded a joint AHRC and Newcastle University PhD studentship for £13,590.00 a year plus tuition fees.

2010-2011: Awarded a Masters studentship from The Wellcome Trust for £10,675.00 plus tuition fees.


2011: Awarded the Pybus prize for outstanding performance in the History of Medicine MA programme at Newcastle University.

2010: Awarded the Junior Johnson Prize for an outstanding performance in final degree results whilst at Newcastle University.