Simon Cohn

Professor of Medical Anthropology




My research to date has focused on issues related to diagnosis, contested conditions and chronic illness in the UK and other high-income societies. With a strong commitment to contemporary social theory, I am interested in how innovative social science might provide both critical insight and influence in aspects of contemporary biomedical practice.

Recently, I have become fascinated by the role of fluids, both inside and outside the body: how they relate to health, their general absence in medical anthropology and sociology accounts, and the extent to which their constant movement and flow might demand a new way to think about old problems. Work on blood & blood donation, the withdrawing of fluids at the end of life, and a new project on urinary incontinence are serving as introductory cases to think with.


I am the Faculty Reserach Degree Director and a member of the current ESRC Bloomsbury DTC Board. I am also manager of the School-wide network of social scientists, Kritikos.


  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences

Other interests

  • Health Related Behaviour
  • Practice theory
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Social Relationships and Health
  • Social Theory
  • Sociology of Diagnosis
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