Linda Bryder (born 1959) is a New Zealand medical history academic. As of 2018 she is a full professor at the University of Auckland.[1][2]

Linda Bryder
Born1959 (age 60–61)
Alma materUniversity of Oxford, Faculty of Modern History
Scientific career
FieldsMedical history
InstitutionsUniversity of Auckland

Academic careerEdit

After completing a MA(Hons) at the University of Auckland, and a 1985 DPhil thesis from the University of Oxford titled The problem of tuberculosis in England and Wales, 1900-1950, Bryder returned to Auckland, where she continued her research into the social history of medicine.[1][2][3]

Bryder's highest profile work has been in relation to the Cartwright Inquiry into the 'unfortunate experiment.' Her 2013 book A History of the 'Unfortunate Experiment' at National Women's Hospital did not support one of the inquiry's central findings (that there had been a prospective study) and attracted a great deal of attention in academia,[4][5][6][7][8] popular press[9][10][11] and wider public.[12][13][14] She has also written about the history of National Women's Hospital[15] and the Plunket Society.

In 2009, Bryder was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.[3]

Selected worksEdit


  1. ^ a b "Professor Linda Bryder - The University of Auckland".
  2. ^ a b "Professor Linda Bryder - The University of Auckland".
  3. ^ a b "List of all Fellows with surnames A–C". Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  4. ^ "A History of the 'Unfortunate Experiment' at National Women's Hospital (Linda Bryder)". New Zealand Medical Journal.
  5. ^ "In defence of Linda Bryder's book A History of the 'Unfortunate Experiment' at National Women's Hospital". New Zealand Medical Journal.
  6. ^ "National Women's Hospital deserves a fair and balanced history—with response by Linda Bryder". New Zealand Medical Journal.
  7. ^ "Profs join stand against criticism of Cartwright Inquiry". 25 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Orthodoxy Restated". 31 January 2011.
  9. ^ Barton, Chris (16 July 2010). "No accounting for mistakes" – via
  10. ^ Barton, Chris (18 September 2009). "An unfortunate fallout: Academics against Bryder's revisionist history" – via
  11. ^ "Linda Bryder: unfortunate experiment revisited". 17 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Recent Controversy concerning Professor Linda Bryder's Historical Revisionism - Cartwright Inquiry".
  13. ^ "Professor Linda Bryder: Responses to 'A History of the "Unfortunate Experiment"'". 19 August 2010.
  14. ^
  15. ^ Stone, Andrew (7 February 2014). "A headline-making hospital". The New Zealand Herald.

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