Susan Heydon (PhD, History, University of Otago, 2006) teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students about medicines and society. Her research uses qualitative and historical methods to explore health issues and focuses on Nepal where she spent two years with her family as a volunteer in Nepal in the Mt. Everest region. She is author of Modern Medicine and International Aid: Khunde Hospital, Nepal 1966-1998, as well as a number of book chapters and journal articles. Her current project is ‘Himalayan roots of a global programme: Nepal and smallpox’.