Dr Philippa Carter

Asssistant Professor in the History of Medicine and Health before 1800, HPS Department
Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of History
Fellow, Sidney Sussex College
Philippa Carter

Philippa Carter is a historian of early modern Europe, with particular interests in medicine, natural knowledge, belief, and the body. She is currently working on a first monograph: Frenzy: Madness, Brain Disease and the Soul in Early Modern England. She is Associate Editor on the digital humanities project Reading Early Medicine.

I teach on the Part I History Tripos Outline Paper 4, 'Early Modern Britain', and on Part II, Paper 11, 'Early Medicine'.


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'Childbirth, "Madness", and Bodies in History', History Workshop Journal, 91:1 (2021), 29–50.

'Work, Gender and Witchcraft in Early Modern England', Gender & History, early view (2023).



‘Madness Embodied’, in The Bloomsbury Cultural History of Madness, vol. 4: A Cultural History of Madness in Early Modernity (16001789), ed. by Chiara Thumiger and Jonathan Sadowsky (London, 2024).