Claire Rennie

Claire Rennie

PhD Student

Summary: The care of sick children in Eighteenth-century institutions

My PhD research focuses on the care of sick children in England during the long eighteenth century (1688-1815). Childhood medicine has largely been neglected in previous examinations of family life in the eighteenth century, making this a rich area for original research. Institutions such as the Foundling Hospital provided medical care exclusively for children, whilst many diseases, such as smallpox and whooping cough, evolved to become largely recognised as diseases of childhood during this period. My thesis aims to discover whether children were treated with the same medicines as adults, or whether there distinctive treatments available for, and recommended to, children when they were sick. 

Supervisors: Dr Alexandra Bamji and Dr Adrian Wilson

Conference Presentations

'Whooping cough as a life cycle event in the eighteenth century', Social History Society, University of Portsmouth, April 2015. 

'The care of sick children in eighteenth-century institutions', School of History Postgraduate Symposium, University of Leeds, June 2013.