Dr. Andrew Williams

Author Biography and Research Interests: 

Dr Andrew N. Williams is a consultant community paediatrician, medical historian, archive curator and playwright. As a full time NHS consultant, he specialises in paediatric neurodisability and community child health. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and is a past President of the British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health. His work on Thomas Willis and childhood epilepsy won the 2000 ILEA Gowers’ Young Physicians Prize. He has published on different aspects of child health between the 16th –19th centuries and has recently taken his PhD at Birmingham University on the history of paediatrics and child health 1550-1750.
His previous research has been on the assessment of childhood coma, stroke and cerebrovascular disease in childhood and lastly using children’s drawings of Thomas the Tank Engine as a universal paediatric neurodevelopmental test – the ThOMAs test.
His plays concentrate on the themes of healing and reconciliation, generally within a medical setting.
Dr. Williams is also a founder member of the Virtual Academic Unit at the Northampton General Hospital.


Thomas Willis’ Practice of Paediatric Neurology and Neurodisability

Andrew Williams

23rd July 2009; Oxford.

Thomas Willis (1621-75) is regarded as the founder of modern clinical neuroscience. He established the speciality of neurology and left a body of work that defined mid-seventeenth-century medicine. Recent interpretations of Willis’ work have led to a growing appreciation of his significant contributions to paediatric neurology, a speciality founded approximately three centuries after his death.



Williams A.N. “Thomas Willis’ Practice of Paediatric Neurology and Disability” Arch Dis Child 2003; 88 Supp 1: A59 (G98)
Williams A.N. “Eighteenth century in and out patient child health care in Northampton Infirmary:  a provincial English hospital.” Family and Social History 10 (2) 2007: pp.153-166.
Williams A.N. “‘To Observe well ….and thence to make himself Rules’: John Locke’s Principles and Practice of Child Health Care.”  Journal Of Medical Humanities 33 2007: pp.22-34.
R.M. James and A.N. Williams. “Two Georgian fathers: diverse in experience, united in grief.” Medical Humanities 34 2008: pp.70-79.
L. Smith, SJ. Thornton, J. Reinarz, A.N. Williams. “Please sir, I want some more? A Dietetic Analysis of workhouse food contemporary to Oliver Twist. BMJ 337 2008: pp.a2722



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