David Helm

David Helm


David Helm


Doctoral Student

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Brief Biography:

I am a full-time PhD student and one of three studentships under the ‘Selling Health’ programme funded by the AHRC and The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and based at the Centre for Medical Humanities.  I worked in financial services in London and Cheltenham for twenty three years before entering higher education as a full-time undergraduate student at the University of Worcester in 2005.  Subsequently, I have worked as a researcher and data analyst in the local government, higher education and charity sectors and have completed a part-time MPhil.  I am currently working on the ‘Bringing Regulation to the Market’ studentship within the ‘Selling Health’ collaborative doctoral programme.


  • BA (Hons.) History and Sociology, University of Worcester
  • PGCert Research Methods, University of Worcester
  • MPhil, University of Worcester

Research Interests:

My research interests are in end-of-life care, carers, the medical marketplace, and drug advertising and marketing in early nineteenth-century England.


Popplestone-Helm, S.V. and Helm. D.P. ‘Setting up a support group for children and their well carers who have a significant adult with a life-threatening illness’ International Journal of Palliative Nursing 15(5), 2009, 214-229.


Helm, D. ‘“The Beauty of a Sickroom”: Family Care for the Dying in the English Upper and Middle Class Home c.1840-c. 1890’, Family & Community History, 16(2), 2013, pp. 100–112.

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