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Richard Barnett

Richard Barnett studied medicine in London before becoming an historian. He has taught the history of science, medicine and evolutionary theory at the universities of Cambridge and London, and in 2011 received one of the first Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships. His writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, the Lancet, Strange Attractor, and the Natural Death Handbook (fifth edition). He received the 2006 Promis Prize for poetry, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Poetry Business prize. He has made many appearances on British and US television and radio, and was a judge for the inaugural Wellcome Trust Book Prize in 2009. His first book, Medical London: City of Diseases, City of Cures, came out in 2008, and was a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4, and The Dedalus Book of Gin was published  in 2011. The Sick Rose, on art and anatomy in an age of revolution – was published by Thames & Hudson in the UK in 2014. Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles & Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery, was published in 2015 by Thames & Hudson. His latest work The Smile Stealers: The Fine and Foul Art of Dentistry, was also published by Thames & Hudson in 2017.

His personal website is richardbarnettwriter.com and is on Twitter @doctorbarnett.

Agent Name: Peter Robinson

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