Dr. Chris Millard

Lecturer in the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom


Chris Millard is Lecturer in the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities at the University of Sheffield, UK. He is interested in ideas of self-harm, suicide and attempted suicide, especially as these issues relate to the conbination(s) of mental and physical healthcare provision. He has written about the different ways the clinicians perceive ‘harmful’ behaviors in their historical, institutional and legal contexts. He also has interests in the history of the question of ‘parity of esteem’ for mental health, the history of faking illness, and the history of child abuse in medical settings. Most recently Chris has been pursuing interests around the history of using personal experiences in academic work – how academics in various disciplinary traditions have deployed (or not) their personal experiences in their scholarly work, and the implications of this for the various disciplines. 

Some publications

Sabroe I, Mather S, Wilson A, Hall-Flavin DK, Fricker M, Barron LA & Millard C (2021) Error, injustice, and physician wellbeing. The Lancet, 397(10277), 872-873.

Millard CJ & Ougrin D (2017) Narrative Matters: Self-harm in Britain post-1945: the evolution of new diagnostic category. Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Millard CJ (2015) Creating ‘the social’: stress, domesticity and attempted suicide In Jackson M (Ed.), Stress in Post-War Britain (pp. 177-192).

Millard C (2015) A History of Self-Harm in Britain: A Genealogy of Cutting and Overdosing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Millard, C. (2013). Making the cut. History of the Human Sciences, 26(2), 126-150. doi: 10.1177/0952695112473619

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