I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my new blog that focuses on the history of military aviation medicine, with particular reference to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I have tried blogging before but my content area was far too narrow, which meant that I was quickly running out of things to talk about! I believe that the field of military aviation medicine is broad enough to warrant a blog of its own and I hope you will find some of my posts thought-provoking.
My name is Lynsey Shaw and I am a second year doctoral student at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. My thesis focuses on the adminstration, organisation, and therapeutic practices of Royal Air Force neuropsychiatrists in the Second World War. Being an historian of military medicine is particularly fun, as it allows me to engage with fellow medical historians but also to indulge my passion for British military history, which has allowed me to meet some wonderful military historians and to engage with fascinating primary sources! Neuropsychiatry was a fundamental branch of the RAF Medical Services, which emphasised the importance of prevention and the specialisation of medicine during the conflict. Naturally, my research has allowed me to engage with broader themes in the history of military aviation medicine, which ultimately contributed to the knowledge, theories, and practices of medical practitioners in the Royal Air Force. I hope to update this blog at least once a week and that you, the reader, will comment and give me some constructive feedback.
I hope to have my first proper post written by Monday, so until then, I hope you have a wonderful weekend (it is nearly here!).
Very best wishes