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Ianto Jocks

 Ianto Jocks

PhD candidate



I am a PhD student with an interdisciplinary background and long-standing interest in medical history and the medical humanities, currently working on ancient medicine. My PhD, funded by the SGSAH and expanding on my MRes in Classics, focusses on Scribonius Largus’ Compositiones medicamentorum, a 1st century CE Latin medical recipe collection, and aims to contribute an English translation and commentary as well as a discussion of Scribonius’ pharmacology in the context of 1st century Roman medicine, and the reception of the Compositiones, particularly in 19th and early 20th century German scholarship. I previously undertook an MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy (SFC-funded), where my dissertation focussed on digitisation of anatomical museum specimens in order to increase their accessibility and educational value to both the general public and medical and life science students. I have furthermore worked on 19th century military surgery in Germany and Britain during my MA (Hons History/ Classics), been involved in developing an exhibition on Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and am qualified as a chemical laboratory technician, as such contributing a diverse range of qualifications and interests to my current research.

Research and Teaching Interests

My research interests include the place of the patient in technical medical texts; the way medical sources show practitioners’ sympathy and concern for patients, particularly in the context of pain management and surgery; the history of pharmacology and medical recipe collections in the context of both contemporary medical practice and self-help approaches; the connection between art, anatomy, and surgery; and the medical museum and its collections as a place for historical and modern education. I am particularly interested in the way in which medical history can contribute to and engage with modern medical and health education as well as practice, in the opportunities (and challenges) presented by interdisciplinary research, and in the role material culture plays in the study, teaching, and application of medical history and humanities.



Teaching Materials:


  • College of Arts, School of Humanities