David Roth

Position: PhD Student
School and/or Centres: School of History

Email: david.roth@anu.edu.au

Phone: 409408518

Location: HC Coombs Building, Graduate Study Centre


BSc Chemistry (University of Western Australia) BSc(Hons) Chemistry (University of Tasmania) BA Philosophy (Australian National University) MA(Hons) History (Australian National University)

Thesis title: Life, death and deliverance at Callan Park Hospital for the Insane, 1877 to 1923

David Roth was born in Vienna, Austria and migrated to Australia as a child. Prior to resuming his academic studies in history in 2012, he retired from the IT industry after a 34 year career. He has written 20 technical articles in various mainframe magazines and has had two letters published in History Today. David has nominated his 2015 MA thesis on ‘The Brief Lives of Patients at Claremont Hospital for the Insane, 1909-1919’ for the Margaret Medcalf Award for 2015.

Mental Health Care; Pharmaceutical HIstory; Aged Care; Medical HIstory.

David is researching the system of care for people admitted to Callan Park Hospital for the Insane in Sydney from 1877 to 1923. He is focusing on the factors affecting mortality and the rates of recovery and discharge, including morale, hygiene, nutrition, the use of restraints, violence and medical treatments. Of particular interest are the lists of prescriptions in the medical records, written in a now obscure pharmaceutical Latin, which he has started to decipher. Callan Park had a number of well known patients in this period, including William Chidley, the sex reformer, and Louisa Lawson, mother of Henry, suffragist, poet and writer.

Roth, David T. "Chemical Restraint at Callan Park Hospital for the Insane in Sydney, New South Wales, 1877 to 1920." Health and History 20, no. 1 (2018): 1-27.

University of Western Australia - Lady James Prize for Chemistry (1966)

Australian National University - Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation for Outstanding Academic Performance (2014)

Runner-up, Ben Hanneman Prize 2017;

Finalist, Margaret Medcalf Award 2015;

Chancellor's Letter of Commendation ANU 2015;

Lady James Prize Chemistry UWA 1966

Australian Historical Association (AHA);

Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine

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