department of history


Lynda S. Payne

Modern and Early Modern Britian, Medicine, Gender, War, Body, Early Modern European

207 Cockefair Hall
Phone: 816-235-2539

Curriculum Vitae


2007 Diploma in Biological Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden (Linnaeus and his Legacy)

1997 Ph.D., University of California, Davis

1985 A.S.N. (Nursing) SUNY, Albany, N.Y. Registered Nurse, State of California

1983 Certified Respiratory Therapist, California College for Respiratory Therapy

1980 Diploma in Applied Social Sciences (Social Work) University of Surrey, England

1977 M.A. Medieval History, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Current Projects

‘The Best Surgeon in England’: Percivall Pott, 1714-88: (monograph) under contract with Peter Lang Publishing Ltd., expected publication in 2015

"Who's Your Enemy?: Incorporating stories of trauma into a medical humanities course," Journal of Medical Humanities, UK, 2016

Introductory chapter for Volume 4 of “A Cultural History of the Emotions,” Bloomsbury Publishing, Australia

The Herbal Recipe Book of Johanna St. John (1630-1704). Working with Timothy J. Peter, MD, on part of a Welcome Trust funded project at Lydiard Park near Swindon to publish materials and research pertaining to MS 4338 (1680)

The Travel and Artistic Journals of Sir Charles Bell, Surgeon, 1774-1842 (article)

Medicine, War and the Arts: Creating and teaching a new humanities course for medical students (article)

Courses Taught

> HIST 430RA  "We Are the Dead:" The Great War Experience Through its Artifacts

> HIST 433R  History of Britain, 1603 to 1832

> HIST 434R  History of Britain, 1832 to Present

Recent Publications

With Words and Knives: Learning Medical Dispassion in Early Modern England, Ashgate Press, 2015; eBook, 2008

Introduction in A Proven Experiement: Looking Back at the UMKC-SOM, Eds. J. and P. Burton, Kansas City Star Press, 2015

"Art as Embodied Meaning: The Art of Medicine," Journal of Health and Human Experience, Vol. 1, 2015, 27-30, co-authored with Michael O'Dell, MD

“The Life and Times of Francis Geach MD, FRS (1730-1798), Senior Surgeon to the Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth (1778-1798),” in Journal of Medical Biography, 0967772013479509, Royal Society of Medicine Press, London, Timothy J. Peter, Lynda Payne, & Nick Levell, published on January 30, 2014 as doi:10.1177/0967772013479509

“Drain, Blister, Bleed: Surgeons open and close the skin in Georgian London,” in A Medical History of Skin: Scratching The Surface, Pickering & Chatto, Kevin Siena & Jonathan Reinarz, eds, 2013

“From Lucy Ashton’s Song to Lucia di Lammermoor’s Lament: Sir Walter Scott’s Perfect Gothic Novel and the Composers,” Proceedings from Musical Theatre as High Culture? Discourse on Opera and Operetta during the Late 19th Century, Croatian Musicological Society, Vjera Katalinic, Stanislav Tuskar, Harry White, eds, Zagreb, October 2011, 25-33

Grants, Honors & Awards

2012 Friends of the Library, grant for classics in the history of medicine

2011 Missouri Humanities Council, grant to underwrite the expenses of conducting the Literature & Medicine discussion series at UMKC in 2012

2010 Elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, UK

2010 The Eugene W. J. Pearce, M.D. and Lunetta A. Pearce, M.D. Fellowship in the History of Medicine, Library and Archives, KUMC

2008-2009 Grant-in-aid from the Friends of the Library of University of Wisconsin-Madison

2007-2008 University of Missouri Research Board Grant

2006 Center for Creativity Curriculum Grant, for development of a cluster class in the History and Culture of Nordic Europe

2003-2004 Recipient of the Dean's Outstanding Teaching Award for Regular Faculty