Dr Katherine Tansley

Future projects:

The Doctor of Broad Street is my first novel. A background in general practice and public health medicine, combined with a growing love of historical fiction led to this book. I started reading for pleasure about John Snow, an iconic figure in epidemiology, and ended up spending three years researching the story of his investigation into the cholera epidemic in Soho, London, in 1854, which led to the discovery that cholera is waterborne. In the process, I have come across so many fascinating stories of medicine and medical professionals in the past, and I long to bring the stories to a wider readership.


I studied medicine at Oxford, before eventually qualifying in general practice and then public health medicine in Cambridge.

I am currently working on a biographical novel about the lives of Henry Cline, surgeon to St Thomas's hospital in London in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and his erstwhile apprentice, the great surgeon Sir Astley Cooper.

In the future I plan works on Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.