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 Centre for Blast Injury Studies.  She is also 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.

Emily is part of the team that put together the Paediatric Blast Injury Field Manual which can be downloaded from here:

Her new book, published by riverrun, looks at advances in science, technology and humanitarianism and is available here:

The Four Horsemen: War, Pestilence, Famine and Death and the Hope of a New Age.

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

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:




Mayhew E, 2020, A higher form of listening, Medical Humanities, ISSN:1468-215X

Milwood Hargrave J, Pearce P, Mayhew E, et al., 2019, Blast injuries in children: a mixed-methods narrative review., Bmj Paediatrics Open, Vol:3, ISSN:2399-9772

Mayhew E, 2019, Eglantyne Jebb and the war against children, The Lancet, Vol:393, ISSN:0140-6736, Pages:1928-1929

Bull A, Mayhew E, Reavley P, et al., 2018, Paediatric blast injury: challenges and priorities., Lancet Child Adolesc Health, Vol:2, Pages:310-311

Roocroft N, Mayhew E, Frankland AW, et al., 2016, Flight Lieutenant Peach’s observations on Burning Feet Syndrome in Far Eastern Prisoners of War 1942-45, Qjm-an International Journal of Medicine, Vol:110, ISSN:1460-2725, Pages:131-139

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