Department of History
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Lynda Payne is the inaugural Sirridge Missouri Endowed Professor in Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine, and a Professor of History at UMKC. She received an MA in Medieval History from the University of Edinburgh and a Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of California at Davis. Dr. Payne is a Registered Nurse, a Certified Respiratory Therapist, and a Psychiatric Social Worker.
Her book, With Words and Knives: Learning Medical Dispassion in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2007), examined how boys were turned into surgeons in 17th and 18th century England, and the effect this training had on their feelings toward themselves and their patients. Her current research project explores the life of Mr. Percivall Pott, a renowned and successful surgeon in 18th-century London. ‘The Best Surgeon in England’: The Life of Percivall Pott, 1714-88 is forthcoming from Peter Lang Publishing Inc.