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Professor of History, Cardiff University

A specialist in the social history of medicine, Keir's research interests focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. He has published books and articles on: public health and diseased meat (tuberculosis and BSE), medicine and charity, Victorian hospitals, medical education, the history of nursing, and the twentieth-century history of Bethlem (Bedlam). Having recently completed a book for Palgrave on the social history of medicine in Europe from 1500 to the present, he is currently working on projects related to rural health in Wales and on hospital and patient narratives.

He is a co-director of the Collaborative Interdisciplinary Study for Science, Medicine and the Imagination Research Group, which is dedicated to the study of the history of science (particularly the medical sciences) and the imagination (literary and cultural), External Advisory Director of The Centre for the Study of Science and Imagination (SCIMAG - University of Westminster), and editor of Society for the Social History of Medicine's monograph series published by Pickering & Chatto.


  • –present
    Professor of History, Cardiff University