Dr James Kennaway, Research Associate in Medical History at Newcastle University, has written extensively on the history of nervous diseases. His monograph Bad Vibrations: The History of the Idea of Music as a Cause of Disease (2012) looked at medical fears of music and its relationship to nervous over-stimulation. Articles on related subjects have appeared in journals such as Social History of Medicine, The Journal for the History of Medicine and Allied Diseases, Gesnerus, Configurations and Current Musicology. Another book Music and the Nerves, edited by him, will be published in 2013. Before starting at Newcastle, he worked at Oxford, Stanford and Vienna. Together with Dr Jonathan Andrews, he will be writing a book entitled Fashionable Diseases and the Patient Experience and a number of articles on the subject in the context of the Fashionable Diseases collaborative project.

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