Alcohol and the liver in 20th cent. medical knowledge and British popular attitudes (dissertation in progress)

Ryosuke Yokoe is a historian currently working on an interdisciplinary PhD centered at the Department of History, University of Sheffield, UK.

His doctoral thesis traces the historical development of the understandings of alcohol and the liver across the twentieth century. The project will examine the evolutions in the knowledge within the medical community, as well as the popular attitudes in Britain particularly after the Second World War. As part of a group of University-funded studentships at Medical Humanities Sheffield discussing the impact of shame and stigma among a set of diseases, Ryo’s research will address the public misconceptions concerning drinking and liver disease, such as that of the common stereotype that everyone who suffers from cirrhosis of the liver is an alcoholic.

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