Progress and pathology is the product of a large European Research Council project, ‘Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives’, led by Sally Shuttleworth and funded from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme ERC Grant Agreement number 340121. We are extremely grateful to the ERC for making this research possible, and for giving us the freedom and the time to develop our ideas over the past five and a half years. The project has involved a large team of researchers and we have benefitted immensely from years of interdisciplinary research and collaboration, as well as from the lively programme of seminars, workshops, and conferences run by the project. The chapters in this volume are the outcome of a two day interdisciplinary conference on medicine and modernity which took place at St Anne's College, Oxford in 2016, and we are grateful to all our interlocutors at this early stage, and team members Amelia Bonea and Jennifer Wallis who helped organise the conference. Profuse thanks are also owed to St Anne's College, Oxford, who have housed the project since its inception, and been an endless source of practical and intellectual support.