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Dr Fiona Jade Howarth

Dr Fiona Jade Howarth

Project title

Ludwig Edelstein: Towards an Intellectual Biography.

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Project description

My PhD will produce the first intellectual biography of Ludwig Edelstein. It will show the importance of considering life and work within the same sphere.

It will also underline the value of using correspondence for medical history. It will display the richness of information a biographical study can provide.

Reading Edelstein’s correspondence in light of his scholarly output allows for this. Ludwig Edelstein’s life has not received the interest it merits.

He's an important subject for the history of medicine. This is due to his outstanding work and innovative ideas.

The research is important in reflecting upon development of the history of medicine. It's a topic which is receiving more attention. But it's yet to be give enough dedication in the English-speaking world.

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
  • philosophy

So this work will be help to reflect on these disciplines also.

Other information

  • 2011-2014: Awarded a joint AHRC and Newcastle University PhD studentship for £13,590 a year plus tuition fees
  • 2010-2011: Awarded a Masters studentship from The Wellcome Trust for £10,675 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 while at Newcastle University


  • 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


Other areas of research interest include:

  • ancient medicine
  • history of birth control
  • history of dentistry
  • medical advertising