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  • Podcasts

    • Moments In Medicine #5: From Eugenics to Newgenics


      Eugenics is a term we associate with atrocities, but today gene therapy and fertility treatments are preventing disease and alleviating suffering. Where should we draw the line? Paul Weindling, Research Professor of History of Medicine, Roger Griffin, Professor of Modern History from Oxford Brookes, Dr. Marcus Pembrey, clinical geneticist from the Institute of Child Health, London and Emma Lake, Expert Patient Advisor for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and CF sufferer talk to Lizz Pearson about the link between today's genetic technologies and the eugenics of the past. Produced by Apercu Media. The fifth in a series of History of Medicine podcasts from the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present.

    • Moments In Medicine #4: Sickle-Cell Research


      Sickle-Cell is a condition affecting more than 15,000 people in the UK - twice the number of cystic-fibrosis. However, some campaigners fear that the ethnic background of sufferers is a major factor in the relatively low level of funding and poor awareness of the condition. In Moments in Medicine Nick Baker talks to Professor Elizabeth Anionwu at Thames Valley University, Iyamide Thomas at the Sickle Cell Society and sufferer Anne Welsh to discover whether race really does play a role in medical research. Produced by Apercu Media. The fourth in a series of History of Medicine podcasts from the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present.

    • Moments In Medicine #3: Disease in the Jet Age


      SARS, bird flu, swine flu... the experts say we're due a pandemic soon; is this just hype or unpleasant reality? Professor Steven King, Oxford Brookes, Professor Philip Stott, UCL, and Dr. Bill Hanage, Imperial College, London bring together demographic history, biogeography and epidemiology in a discussion with Nick Baker on disease in the jet age. Produced by Apercu Media. The third in a series of History of Medicine podcasts from the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present.

    • Moments In Medicine #2: Clothing as Medicine?


      From Ancient Egypt to the 21st century clothing has been used to prevent and cure disease. Steven King, Professor of History at Oxford Brookes and Chair of the Wellcome Trust History of Medicine Grant Panel and Lynn Sorge-English, Professor in Theatre and Costume Studies at Dalhausie University in Nova Scotia take us on a tour through time of Pre-Roman trusses, fabrics as presciptions, and medicine-infused garments for combating skin cancer. Produced by Apercu Media. The second in a series of History of Medicine podcasts from the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present.

    • Moments In Medicine #1: The History of Fat


      Elizabeth Hurren, Senior Lecturer in History of Medicine and Jeya Henry, Professor of Human Nutrition examine the history of body fat, body image and nutrition and trace developments contributing to obesity today. Interviewed by Lizz Pearson, well known by her work for BBC Radio 4, the programmme includes the responses of 13 year old girls from Bristol, to the question, is it possible to be both Fat and Fit? Produced by Apercu Media. The first in a series of History of Medicine podcasts from the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present.