Caitjan Gainty


Caitjan Gainty is a historian of twentieth century medicine and technology. She received her PhD in History from the University of Chicago in 2012 and joined the staff at King’s in 2013. Dr. Gainty is particularly interested in the systematisation of medicine and health care, and her current project investigates the peripatetic history of the concept of efficiency as it developed within the context of 20th century American medicine. She has also worked extensively on medical films and filmmaking in the 20th century and is in the midst of a project about the impact of filmmaking on neurology practices in the early 20th century. Dr. Gainty has worked to apply her historical research to contemporary problems in health care, partnering in this with medical practitioners, philosophers, and policy-makers to examine the ways in which medicine’s history can usefully impact current and future health care decision-making processes.