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Agnes Arnold-Forster

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Bio: Agnes Arnold-Forster is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Social Studies of Medicine Department at McGill University. She received her PhD in the History of Medicine from King’s College in London and her MSc in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from Imperial College London. From 2017-2020 she was a postdoctoral research fellow on the Wellcome Trust funded project, Surgery & Emotion.

Research Interests: Agnes is a historian of healthcare, medicine, work, and the emotions. Her PhD and first monograph explore the history of cancer in nineteenth-century Britain and she has since published on the history of surgery, healthcare professional wellbeing, public health, pain, and cultural representations of Britain’s National Health Service.

Selected Publications

The Cancer Problem: Malignancy in Nineteenth-Century Britain, (Oxford University Press: 2021)

A Small Cemetery: Death and Dying in the Contemporary British Operating Theatre’. Medical Humanities:

Gender and Pain in Nineteenth-Century Cancer Care’, Gender and History:


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