I trained as a molecular biologist before moving to clinical medicine, to spend more time talking to people, rather than just bugs in test tubes. I went on to work as a junior doctor in a variety of medical specialities including infectious diseases, haematology, and trauma and orthopaedic surgery.
I recently completed an MLitt in Modern History to feed my fascination for the history of the human body and the history of medicine.
Always on the lookout for gory historical details, I love telling stories of how we have treated our human bodies in life and in death.
I'm a big supporter of women in sport, having played rugby when the women's game was not yet televised. I've had a life long love of martial arts and have a black belt (and am an instructor) in the martial art of Sooyang Do.
I live in a wee cottage in the Highlands of Scotland with my husband, our two teenage daughters and our dog, Scout. The fire is usually lit, for Scout to lie in front of, when she's not out running in the hills.
Telling stories of human body history, from Twitter to TikTok, I'm comfortable being online and on podcasts, but am also available for in-person events, and TV and other media.
Right now, I'm back at my desk, with pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, telling more stories of how we've treated our human bodies. My new book, Vital Organs, a history of the world's most famous body parts is coming in September 2023.
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