Matthew Smith

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Matthew Smith is a Senior Lecturer, Director of Research for History and Deputy Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Strathclyde, and a member of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare.  Drawn to divisive topics in medicine, his research concentrates on mental health, allergy, food and nutrition, child health and environmental medicine.  His previous projects, funded by the Wellcome Trust, have included work on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and food allergy. His books include An Alternative History of Hyperactivity: Food Additives and the Feingold Diet (Rutgers UP, 2011), Hyperactive: The Controversial History of ADHD (Reaktion, 2012) and Another Person's Poison: A History of Food Allergy (Columbia UP, 2015). A historian who believes strongly in the relevance of historical research to contemporary health debates, Matthew is passionate about communicating his research to health professionals, policy makers and the public, and was recently named an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker.  His next project, funded by the AHRC, is on the history of social psychiatry.

Working Groups: Arts, Humanities and Society; Health and Wellbeing


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University of Strathclyde
Key words
History, medicine, ADHD, allergy, nutrition, children

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