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James Camp

James Camp

  • PhD student in Socio-Medical History; Associate Lecturer in History
  • Email: james.camp12@bathspa.ac.uk
  • School or Department: College of Liberal Arts
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Personal statement

James Camp is a PhD student in Socio-Medical History at Bath Spa University. He is particularly interested in medicine and early 'science' during the seventeenth century.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hon) History, University of Portsmouth
  • MA History, University of Bristol
  • PgCert Professional Learning in Higher Education, Bath Spa University
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Thesis title

A medical centre in transition: Restoration Bath, and the socio-medical shift. c.1660 - 1705

Research supervisors

Research overview

This project reflects upon the influence of medical practice and practitioners in the social and cultural transition of the city of Bath between 1660 and 1705. James' thesis explores how the city's spa waters were marketed and used by practitioners within the city, as well as examining the influence of print and professional networks in dispersing knowledge about the Bath waters during the latter half of the seventeenth century.

Research interests

Spa medicine, seventeenth century medicine, seventeenth century science, medical marketplace.

Research and academic outputs

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The questionable elixir: mineral water and the rise of the ‘seventeenth-century’ spa towns
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Camp, J (2016) The questionable elixir: mineral water and the rise of the ‘seventeenth-century’ spa towns. In: Medicine in its Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts - Society for the Social History of Medicine Conference, 7 - 11 July 2016, University of Kent, UK.


Bath water: the seventeenth century panacea
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Camp, J (2015) Bath water: the seventeenth century panacea. In: Beyond Leeches and Lepers: Medieval and Early Modern Medicine, 2 May 2015, University of Edinburgh, UK.


The treacherous road to rememdium: Bath and the seventeenth century lure of spa towns
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Camp, J (2015) The treacherous road to rememdium: Bath and the seventeenth century lure of spa towns. In: Social History Society Annual Conference, 31 March - 2 April 2015, University of Portsmouth, UK.


By royal appointment: Bath and the reception of royalty, 1660 - 1714
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Camp, J (2014) By royal appointment: Bath and the reception of royalty, 1660 - 1714. In: George I - 300 Years On: Reconstructing the Succession, 18 - 20 June 2014, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath, UK.


Restoration Bath: a social and cultural shift, c.1660-1689
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Camp, J (2013) Restoration Bath: a social and cultural shift, c.1660-1689. In: Royal Historical Society Symposium: Intimacy, Power and Authority in European Perspectives, 17 - 18 October 2013, Bath Spa University, Corsham, UK.


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