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Dr

Helen MacDonald

Honorary
arts & humanities
history & philosophy of science
history
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
health care sciences & services
humans
death
history, 20th century
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Dr

Helen MacDonald

 
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Primary Interest
Cultural Histories Of Organ Transplantation
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Dr

Helen MacDonald

 

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Helen MacDonald is an Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. She explores the cultural histories of body acquisition and use for transplants, dissections, post-mortem examinations, and museums.



Helen is presently investigating the modern era of 'spare part' surgery as it was performed in England and Scotland between 1950 and 1990. Articles from this project published in international journals include: ‘Crossing the Rubicon: Death in “The Year of the Transplant”’ (Medical History, 2017); ‘Guarding the Public Interest: England’s Coroners and Organ Transplants, 1960-1975’ (Journal of British Studies, 2015); ‘Conscripting Organs: “Routine Salvaging” or Bequest? The Historical Debate in Britain, 1961-75’ (Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 2015); and ‘Considering Death: The Third British Heart Transplant, 1969’ (Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 2014).

Helen is the author of the award-winning book Human Remains: Dissection and its Histories (Yale University Press, 2006) and Possessing the Dead: The Artful Science of Anatomy (Melbourne University Press, 2010). She is currently editing A Cultural History of Death in the Age of Empire, one of a six-volume series on the history of death from antiquity to the present and contracted to Bloomsbury, London (General Editor Professor Douglas Davies, Durham University). Helen is writing a new book which examines transplantation’s experimental years.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 44 most recent scholarly works by Helen MacDonald.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2006

Victorian Premier's Literary Award for a First Book of History

State Library of Victoria

2006

Ernest Scott Prize, Shortlist

Australian Historical Association

2005

Max Kelly Medal

History Council of New South Wales

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Honorary

Historical And Philosophical Studies

Member, Editorial Board

Editorial Board, Australian Historical Studies

Member

Australian Historical Association

Member, Advisory Board

Advisory Board, Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Master of Arts (honours)

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts (honours)

Monash University