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Francis Neary

Affiliated Scholar

Research interests

History of modern medical technologies, history and philosophy of psychology (especially human consciousness and the self from the late 19th century), scientific biography and museology and the material culture of science and medicine.

Selected publications


Surgeons, Manufacturers and Patients: A Transatlantic History of Hip Replacement, with John Pickstone and Julie Anderson (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007)


'Making Manchester Massive: A Missed Opportunity?', Manchester Region History Review 18 (2007)

Introduction to Early Development of Total Hip Replacement, Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century Medicine (29), edited by L.A. Reynolds and E.M. Tansey (London: Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, 2007)

'Interpreting Abnormal Psychology in the late Nineteenth Century: William James's Spiritual Crisis', Histories of the Normal and the Abnormal, edited by Waltraud Ernst (London: Routledge, 2006)

Articles on James Ward, Michael Foster and George Frederick Stout for The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2002)

'"A Question of Peculiar Importance": George Croom Robertson, Mind and the Changing Relationship between British Psychology and Philosophy', Psychology in Britain: Historical Essays and Personal Reflections, edited by G.C. Bunn, A.D. Lovie and G.D. Richards (Leicester: BPS Books, 2001)


'Darwin the Geologist' at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge: permanent exhibition opened in July 2009

'Collect', collaborating with the artist Catherine Watling, at the Sedgwick Museum: temporary exhibition, March 2009 to March 2010

'The Museum of Joint Replacement' at Wrightington Hospital, Wigan: permanent exhibition opened in July 2007

'The Patient Information Centre for Joint Replacement' at Wrightington Hospital, Wigan: permanent exhibition opened in October 2006

'Hip Histories', with Simon Chaplin, at the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons, London: temporary exhibition, March 2006 to July 2006

Francis Neary