Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Visiting Researcher







Bessemer BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Mayhew is a military medical historian specialising in the study of severe casualty, its infliction, treatment and long-term outcomes in 20th and 21st century warfare. She is historian in residence in the Department of Bioengineering, working primarily with the researchers and staff of The Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies, and a Research Fellow in the Division of Surgery within the Department of Surgery and Cancer.  She is based jointly in the Department of Bioengineering and at the Chelsea and Westminster campus.

(Or, as a colleague put it recently when he introduced me: "this is Emily.  She's a historian. It's complicated.")

Emily is the Imperial Lead on the Paediatric Blast Injury Partnership, part of the Centre for Blast Injury Studies network.  To read about the work of the Partnership, please click here:

Her book on casualties from the recent war in Afghanistan, and the meaning of their survival for all those suffering from severe trauma is out now:

A Heavy Reckoning: War, Medicine and Survival in Afghanistan and Beyond.

A Heavy Reckoning is the final part of the Wounded trilogy:

The Guinea Pig Club: Archibald McIndoe and the RAF in World War Two.

Wounded: the Long Journey Home from the Great War

She is represented by the truly fantastic Imogen Pelham of Marjacq Scripts:




Edwards DS, Mayhew ER, Rice ASC, 2014, "Doomed to go in company with miserable pain": surgical recognition and treatment of amputation-related pain on the Western Front during World War 1., Lancet, Vol:384, Pages:1715-1719

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