There is an opportunity to apply for a fully funded PhD research project attached to this project. For further information please contact the named supervisor below.

Medical Careers in the Victorian and Edwardian Post Office. (Kingston University)

This PhD aims to develop a clearer understanding of the career trajectories of doctors employed by the Post Office. This studentship will focus on identifying the medical doctors employed by the Post Office and their professional backgrounds. It will identify change over time and between places. It will link these findings to the analysis of morbidity and mortality that is the focus of the Addressing Health project. The findings from this Ph D will help to identify any systematic differences in patterns of sickness absence and health related retirement arising from variations in medical practice.

The research will draw on primary archives containing correspondence about medical provision in the Post Office and link this to entries in the Medical Register, which is available at the Wellcome Library in London and also online. It will build up the professional characteristics of doctors employed by the Post Office and explore the significance of that employment in relation to other sources of employment. It will involve detailed case studies of individual Post Office doctors who were particularly important figures in their respective fields, including the chief medical officers.

The research will adopt a prosopographical approach to understanding the individual career trajectories of Post Office doctors, and will require an awareness of statistical techniques to evaluate the ways in which diagnoses made by individual doctors might have influenced reporting of ill health in the workforce. The main body of evidence is located in London or online, but other relevant papers might require travel to archives outside London.

Supervisors: Dr Doug Brown (doug.brown@kingston.ac.uk) and Prof Nicola Shelton (UCL)

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