Areas of Interest
British History / Studies
Prison Reform in Lancashire, 1700-1850: A Study in County Administration (Stanford University Press, 1986, published in England by Manchester University Press, 1986).
"Nosology, Mortality and Disease Theory in the 18th. Century" Journal of the History of Medicine, 54, (April, 1999) 261-284.
"A Linnaean Thesis concerning Contagium Vivum: The "Exanthemata Viva" of John Nyander and its place in contemporary thought, with a new translation by A.J. Cain," Medical History, 39, (1995), 159-185.
"Influenza research and the medical profession in Eighteenth-century Britain," Albion, 25, (Spring, 1993), 37-66.
"The Conceptualization of Influenza in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Specificity and Contagion," Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 67, (Spring, 1993), 74-118.
"Puerperal Fever in Eighteenth-century Britain" Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 63, (Winter, 1989), 521-556, rpt.in Diseases of Pregnancy and Childbirth, ed. Philip K. Wilson, vol. 5 of Childbirth (Hamden CT: Garland Publishing, 1996)
"George Armstrong, M.D." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
"James Currie, M.D." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
"John Fothergill, M.D. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
"Matthew Dobson, M.D., F.R.S." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
"William Hey, M.D., F.R.S," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography,
"Benjamin Marten, medical author," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
"Edward Alanson, M.D." Dictionary of National Biography, Supplement
"Grinding Men Good? Lancashire's Prisons at Mid-Century" in V. Bailey, ed., Policing and Punishment in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Rutgers and Croom Helm, 1981).
Book reviews for Albion, the American Historical Review, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Isis, the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences and the Scriblerian