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Dr. Graeme Tobyn

Senior Lecturer

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Bulding, BB323

+44 (0) 1772 89 3788

gwtobyn@uclan.ac.uk

Lecturer at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, with a focus on holism, patient-centred approaches and diet; an experienced medical herbalist with a history of working within the NHS and as an external clinical examiner of BSc Herbal Medicine students and a historian of medicine interested in the (herbal) remedies of the past and how history can support medical competencies on contemporary training programmes. 

Full Profile

Graeme Tobyn graduated from Leeds University in 1978 with a degree in Russian with Italian. He developed the Latin and French he learned at school for use in his later studies of the histories of Renaissance and early modern medicine. He trained in herbal medicine in the 1980s, graduating with the top award and, after a six-month engagement as a phlebotomist at University College Hospital, London, entered practice in 1990 as a herbalist and member (later fellow) of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. He became a herbal trainer in 1993, working at several NIMH training clinics, and switched to external clinical examiner for two BSc Herbal Medicine programmes from 2007. In 2000 he joined UCLan as a senior lecturer and took over the leadership of the BSc Herbal Medicine there the following year. His teaching focus on the programme (2001-2012) was in clinical examination skills and therapeutics. He completed his PGDipHE in 2005. Since 2011 he has been leader of the MSc Herbal Medicine, and in 2016 took over the running of the MSc Integrated Healthcare. In 2015 he was visiting botanical medicine scholar at Bastyr university, Seattle, USA.   

Membership of professional and learned bodies
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the British Society for the History of Pharmacy
  • Member of the Royal Historical Society
  • Member of the British Herbal Medicine Association
Social Media

Profile on LinkedIn. Presence on Facebook including closed professional herbal discussion groups. Publications on Academia.edu and Researchgate.

Publications

Tobyn, G., Denham, A., & Whitelegg, M. (2011, repub. 2015). The Western herbal tradition: 2000 years of medicinal plant knowledge. London, UK: Singing Dragon Books.

Tobyn, G. (2015). Dr Reason and Dr Experience: Culpeper’s assignation of planetary rulers in The English Physitian. In Charles Burnett and Dorian Greenbaum (eds.) From Masha'allah to Kepler: Theory and Practice in Medieval and Renaissance Astrology. Lampeter, Wales: Sophia Centre Press.

Tobyn, G. (2014). An Anatomy of The English Physitian. In S. Francia & A. Stobart (eds.) Critical approaches to the history of western herbal medicine. London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Tobyn, G. (1997, repub. 2013). Culpeper’s medicine: A practice of Western holistic medicine. London: Singing Dragon Books.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Dept of History, Lancaster University, 2017
  • PGCert HE UCLan 2004
  • Dip.Phyt School of Herbal Medicine 1990
  • BA (Hons) Russian University of Leeds 1978

Teaching

UG and PG modules, professional doctorate supervision

External Activities

  • Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Herbal Medicine.
  • External examiner for BSc Herbal Medicine, Lincoln College

 

Research

  • History of medicine
  • Herbal medicine

Conferences

Tobyn G. ‘The changing names of the apothecary’s colleague in Tudor and Stuart England’, British Society for the History of Medicine 27th Congress, Surgeon’s Hall, Edinburgh, September 2017.

Tobyn G. 'The Galenic Temperaments in the Writings of Nicholas Culpeper', Western Herbal Tradition Conference, University of Lampeter, August 2009.

Tobyn G. & Denham A. 'Herbal posology: some issues of herbal dosages from the tradition and modern practice', NIMH conference, University of Durham April 2006.