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 Injury Studies.  She is also a Trustee of the Advance Study Charity Board.   To learn more about the Advance Study which is the world's leading research investigation into the long term outcomes of battlefield injury please follow this link:

Emily is part of the team that put together the Paediatric Blast Injury Field Manual which can be downloaded from here in English, Arabic, Dari, Pashtun, Francophone as PDFs:

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:




Sargent W, Wild H, Mayhew E, et al., 2021, Counting the costs of trauma: the need for a new paediatric injury severity score, The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, Vol:5, ISSN:2352-4642, Pages:391-392

Mayhew E, Henson D, Reavley P, 2021, Pain management in paediatric blast injury, The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, Vol:5, ISSN:2352-4642, Pages:e1-e1

Mayhew E, 2020, ‘A higher form of listening’: a commentary on ‘the human bodies of World War II: beyond the battlefield’, Medical Humanities, Vol:46, ISSN:1468-215X, Pages:157-158

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

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