Elizabeth Toon

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Historical text archives constitute a rich and diverse source of information, which is becoming increasingly readily accessible, due to large-scale digitisation efforts. However, it can be difficult for researchers to explore and search such large volumes of data in an efficient manner. Text mining (TM) methods can help, through their ability to recognise(More)
This article examines British medical debates about cancer education in the 1950s, debates that reveal how those responsible for cancer control thought about the public and their relationship to it, and what they thought the new political economy of medicine introduced by the National Health Service would mean for that relationship. Opponents of education(More)
Digital worlds are producing ever-increasing amounts of information across databases and such born-digital resources as blogs, websites, social media and digitised physical materials. Such ‘big data’ joins a longstanding world that is deeply rich with a variety of persistent material objects that contain records of the human condition and the human past. As(More)
When the American Museum of Health (AMH) opened in 1939 at the World's Fair, its popularity convinced its organizers that the AMH was merely the first in a nationwide network of health museums. The AMH's organizers had imported an approach to health education developed in Germany, which promoted health as a positive attribute through interactive, visually(More)
This article examines British medical debates about cancer education in the 1950s, debates that reveal how those responsible for cancer control thought about the public and their relationship to it, and what they thought the new political economy of medicine introduced by the National Health Service would mean for that relationship. Opponents of education(More)
In the summer of 1948, a delegation representing the British Empire Cancer Campaign (BECC) toured North American cancer treatment and research facilities, and reported their observations back to their organization's executive board. This historical article contextualizes the British delegation's observations of US treatment and research, and discusses what(More)
This article examines the professional and public response to the television play Through the Night, which aired on BBC1 in December 1975. One of the first British mass media portrayals of a woman's experience being treated for breast cancer, this play attracted a large audience and considerable attention from both critics and everyday viewers. My analysis(More)
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