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Dr Janet Weston

Research Fellow

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204

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
020 7612 7902

I have a BA in English, and postgraduate qualifications in modern literature and the history of medicine and science. I undertook a PhD in history from 2012-2015 at Birkbeck, University of London, which examined medical explanations and treatments for sexual offenders in twentieth century England. Before returning to university, I worked in the charity sector for many years.

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Public Health, Environments and Society

Centres

History in Public Health

Teaching

Health in History

Research

I hold a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship (2018-2021), which investigates the history of measuring and assessing mental capacity in Britain and Ireland over the twentieth century. I am focusing on testamentary capacity and guardianship/wardship orders, and am particularly interested in how ideas of mental capacity have been affected by medical innovation, legal process, and broader social attitudes towards old age, gender, class, disability, and ideas of autonomy and vulnerability.

I originally joined LSHTM in 2016 as part of a Wellcome Trust-funded project, 'Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000', to work on the impact of HIV/AIDS on healthcare for prisoners in the 1980s and 1990s.

My first book came out with Bloomsbury at the end of 2017: Medicine, the Penal System, and Sexual Crime in England 1919-1960s

Research Area
Ageing
Public health history
Older people's health
Discipline
Anthropology
History
Medicine
Policy analysis
Social Sciences
Socio-legal studies
Law
Disease and Health Conditions
Addiction
HIV/AIDS
Mental health
Disability
Region
Euro area

Selected Publications

HIV/AIDS and the prison service of England & Wales
Weston, J.; Berridge, V.
2017
Transcript of a witness seminar held by the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 18 May 2017
HIV, AIDS, and condoms in prisons
Weston, J.
2016
Discover Society
Mental Hygiene and Psychiatry in Modern Britain
Weston, J.
2015
British Journal for the History of Science
Prison will not cure a sexual perversion: Sexology, forensic psychiatry, and their patients in twentieth-century Britain
Weston, J.
2015
Crimes of Passion: Repräsentationen der Sexualpathologie im frühen 20. Jahrhundert
See all Dr Janet Weston's Publications