Francesca DeRosa-Grover

Graduate Student

I study the history of medicine, focusing on the United States in the 20th century. I earned a BA in History and German from NYU in 2016. For my honors thesis, I researched and wrote on the history of the nutritional deficiency disease pellagra in the American South. After a brief stint in editing, I then moved to the History and Philosophy of Science department at the University of Cambridge for an MPhil.

For my masters dissertation, I examined the medical treatment of the young survivors of the drug thalidomide in the 1960s and 1970s. I focused on the development, use and ultimate failure of prosthetics as treatment. I wish to continue research on prosthetics, and work further on the history of disability. I am also interested in the intersection between medicine and sexual orientation, the history of women’s health and medical ethics.

Year of Study
Fifth Year
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