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Dr Tracey Loughran 

Tracey Loughran
Position:Senior Lecturer in Medical History

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 75650

Research Interests

  • social history of medicine, health, and gender in Britain, c. 1800-2000
  • history of psychology, psychiatry, and human sciences
  • dissemination of medical knowledge and ideas of health and illness
  • ‘shell-shock’ and war trauma in First World War Britain
  • popularisation of psychological and psychiatric concepts throughout the twentieth century
  • history of women, the body, and feminism in post-1945 Britain

Frames of Mind: Shell-shock and British Medical Culture, 1860-1930. Monograph, in preparation.

 ‘A Crisis of Masculinity? Re-writing the History of Shell-shock and Gender in First World War Britain’, History Compass 11:9 (September 2013).

‘Shell-shock, Trauma and the First World War: the Making of a Diagnosis and its Histories’, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 67:1 (January 2012).

‘Shell-shock and British Psychological Medicine’, Social History of Medicine 22:1 (April 2009).

‘Hysteria and Neurasthenia in Pre-war Medical Discourse and in Histories of Shell-shock’, History of Psychiatry 19:3 (March 2008).

‘Evolution, Regression, and Shell-shock: Emotion and Instinct in Theories of the War Neuroses, c.1914-1918’, Manchester Papers in Economic and Social History 58 (September 2007).


Year 1

History in Practice: Fury, Folly, and Footnotes – 20 credits (HS1107)

Year 2

Managing the Mind: Psychiatry, Psychology and British Culture, 1800-2000 – 30 credits (HS1745)

Exploring Historical Debate – 30 credits (HS1711)

Approaches to History  - 30 credits (HS1701)

Year 3

Women, Health and Medicine in Britain, 1870-1980 – 30 credits (HS1893)

Dissertation – 30 credits (HS1801)

MA Teaching

Self, Family and Nation I: Psychological Cultures in Britain, 1870-1930 – 20 credits (HST 607)

Self, Family and Nation II: Psychological Cultures in Britain, 1930-1980 – 20 credits (HST 608)

Finding the Patient: Sources for the Social History of Medicine – 10 credits (HST 827)

Using Magazines as a Source for Contemporary History – 10 credits (HST 828)

Historical Theory and Historical Methods – 30 credits (HST 644)

Key Research Skills – 10 credits (HST 643)

Dissertation – 60 credits (HST 655)

PhD Students

Susannah Deane, ‘The importance of religious identity in attitudes towards the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and psychological disorders with traditional Tibetan medicine’ (second supervisor

Thomas George, ‘Munitionettes and the canaries: munitions factories in Wales during the First World War’ (second supervisor)

Simon Hancock, ‘The social impact of the First World War in Pembrokeshire’ (second supervisor)

Simon Jenkins (second supervisor), ‘Prostitution in Cardiff, ca. 1885-ca.1960’ (second supervisor)