Catherine Burns, PhD

Lead, Medical Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, Wiser

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Catherine Burns (PI), PhD, teaches and conducts research at the WITS Institute of Social and Economic Research (WiSER), University of the Witwatersrand. She is an historian with a focus on modern African history, medical and health history, the history and ethnography of reproduction and sex, ethics in medical research, and the history of gender in Southern Africa.>

Medical humanities, history of medicine, ageing, sex, transplant


Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, 2010; South African Health Review

Catherine Burns. Jeff Guy: A Life – Historian, Teacher, Passionate Citizen and Gifted Writer, 2014-11; South African Historical Journal DOI: 10.1080/02582473.2015.1035042

Catherine Burns. Controlling Birth: Johannesburg, 1920–1960, 2004-01; South African Historical Journal DOI: 10.1080/02582470409464801

Burns, C.. Controlling birth: Johannesburg, 1920-1960, 2004; South African Historical Journal

Burns, C.. 'A man is a clumsy thing who does not know how to handle a sick person': Aspects of the history of masculinity and race in the shaping of male nursing in South Africa, 1900-1950, 1998; Journal of Southern African Studies

Catherine Burns. Sex Lessons from the Past?, 1996; Agenda DOI: 10.2307/4065805