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Dr Richard Bellis
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My Story
My research focuses on the history of anatomy and disease in the eighteenth century, which incorporates an interest in the history of medical and scientific publishing. My PhD, completed in 2019 at the University of Leeds, focused on the work of Dr Matthew Baillie and other practitioners that resulted in his most successful publication, The Morbid Anatomy of Some of the Most Important Parts of the Human Body (1793), its sister publication, A Series of Engravings […] to Illustrate the Morbid Anatomy (1799–1802), and their subsequent influence in pathology. The thesis took seriously the material culture involved with the production of the medical knowledge, its representation, and publication. As a result, dissection, the production of preparations, the processes of printing and engraving all formed the basis of my investigation. Since completing my PhD, I have held roles on various digital humanities projects at the universities of Leeds, Bristol, and St Andrews.
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My Work
Richard T. Bellis, ‘“As to the plan of this work … we think Dr. Baillie has done wrong”: changing the study of disease through epistemic genre in Georgian Britain’, Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science, 2020. Link
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