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Dr Coreen McGuire

Dr Coreen McGuire

Dr Coreen McGuire
MA (DUNDE), phD(leeds)

Research Associate in the History of Medicine (Life of Breath)

Cotham House,
Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6JL
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I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy and work as part of a team on ‘The Life of Breath Project’. My work focuses on the historical use of the spirometer in measuring and assessing lung capacity, and its role in scaling and defining levels of respiratory disability.  As an interdisciplinary project combining the philosophy of science and technology with medical history, this work will trace the epistemic authority of the spirometer and explore the disconnect between objectivity and subjectivity in a historical context. The role of measurement and standardisation in creating categories of disability was a key component of my PhD thesis, which I completed at the University of Leeds in 2016.  2017)

I am interested in public engagement, and investigating how history and historical objects can be used to facilitate improved communications between practitioners, patients, and academics. Previously, I have been involved with outreach projects with the Thackray Medical Museum, the Museum of HSTM, the BeCurious Festical, and recently appeared on Radio 4 women's hour to discuss the importance of unknown women to science, specifically pioneering audiologist Dr Phyllis Kerridge. Recording available at  

I have a personal twitter account @coreen_anne  


In my role at the University of Bristol, I will be contributing lectures and material to Philosophy of Medicine PHIL20042 and Philosophy and History of Medicine PHIL30082. 

I have previously taught on modules including: History of Scientific Thought, Introduction to Philosophy of Science, and History of Psychiatry and Mental Illness. I also worked as part of a team to create an online digital module, 'Living with Technology', for which I developed material on the topic of 'Technology, Gender, and Identity.' 


  • History of Philosophy
  • History of Modern Science
  • History of Science
  • history and philosophy of medicine



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