This blog began when I studied abroad in London the summer before my junior year of college. I took two classes on the Victorian era; one focused on medicine, and the other covered science, technology, and engineering. In lieu of response papers, we were required to write regular blog posts on the course material for each class. This was definitely the coolest homework assignment I’ve ever gotten, and I had great fun and got completely carried away with my blogging. (My original summer blog was hosted by Blogger, but I switched to WordPress when I decided to keep blogging for fun. My old class posts are labeled at the bottom with their original date of publication.) I had so much fun, in fact, that when I returned to school in the fall, I changed my major from Human Evolutionary Biology to History of Science, with Medicine & Society as my focus area. I’m currently writing my junior paper on prostitution and public health in Victorian England, and hope to expand on this topic for my thesis next year. As I continue my studies in Victorian medicine and the history of science more generally, I hope to use this blog to share the tastier morsels I discover with anyone else who’s interested in the complex interactions of science and society.
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