21 January 2018
Lucy Cavendish student medic, Chloe Gamlin has won the prestigious Norah Schuster Prize from The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) for an essay entitled, “Oh, my sin is the cause of it”: Age, gender and religion in early modern childhood illness.
The prize is awarded annually for the best essay or essays submitted on any subject related to the history of medicine, including medical science. Chloe will present her work at a ceremony in April, and will receive a book token and a year’s membership of the RSM (more information about student prizes here).
Chloe is President of the Lucy Cavendish Medical Society, has rowed with the Lucy Cavendish Boat Club and plays in the Cambridge University Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a Youth Advisory Board Member of Rockflower, an organisation that works to empower women around the world.
“I was surprised and delighted to hear that I had won the Norah Schuster Prize for my work on medical history, awarded by the Royal Society of Medicine.
My entry was based on the research I did for my intercalated degree, where I considered the impact of age and gender on the perceptions and treatment of illness in early modern England. Using a wealth of diaries, conduct literature and medical casebooks, I found that in contrast to the highly gendered childrearing practices and social expectations present in wider society, childhood illness was a special affair in which gender-based ideas were largely suspended - at least until puberty, when the womb ruled once again.
I’d like to say thank you to my supervisor Leah Astbury, and the rest of the HPS department, for fantastic teaching and support last year!”
Lucy Cavendish Senior Tutor Dr Jane Greatorex said:
"We are delighted to hear that Chloe has won the Norah Schuster Prize for her work. This follows on from the 1st class results she achieved in her third year exams last summer. She has put a lot of time and effort into her research, and the prize is very well deserved."