History of Medicine and Health

The History of Medicine and Health Working Group meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants.

Meetings are usually held from 3:30 to 5:00 on first Fridays.

Scholars can participate online, or at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia, 431 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, or at the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue (@ 103rd Street), New York, NY 10029.

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Consortium Respectful Behavior Policy

Participants at Consortium activities will treat each other with respect and consideration to create a collegial, inclusive, and professional environment that is free from any form of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Participants will avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual characteristics such as age, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, ability status, educational background, or any other characteristic protected by law. Disruptive or harassing behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Harassment includes but is not limited to inappropriate or intimidating behavior and language, unwelcome jokes or comments, unwanted touching or attention, offensive images, photography without permission, and stalking.

Participants may send reports or concerns about violations of this policy to conduct@chstm.org.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Friday, December 3, 2021 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm EST

    Richard Tait, “Doctors in Society: 15th Century Italy" Thesis Chapter. 

  • Friday, February 4, 2022 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm EST

    Kirsten Moore, “Building Markets, Saving Lives: Insecticide-Treated Nets and a New Approach to Global Malarial Control.” 

  • Friday, March 4, 2022 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm EST

    Patricio Simonetto, “The Body Where I was Born in: Embodiment Repertoires During the Sex Change Transition.” 

  • Friday, April 1, 2022 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm EDT


  • Friday, May 6, 2022 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm EDT


Past Meetings

  • November 5, 2021

    *Please note special date and time.*
    Ashoka Vardhan, “Mining the Landscapes: Coal in Hyderabad State, c. 1871-1890.”
    Lorena Campuzano Duque, “Sick Mining Landscapes and the Quest of Healthy Miners, 1930-1958.”
    This is a joint meeting with the Energy History Working Group.

  • October 13, 2021

    *Please note special date and time.*
    Georges Farhat, "Louis Savot’s (ca. 1579-1640) Galenic Perspective on the Art of Building"
    This is a joint meeting with the History of Early Modern Science Working Group.

  • April 2, 2021

    Felix Rietmann, University of Fribourg, presents "Narrating Infant Experiences: Audiovisual Stories in the Clinic and around the Globe (1980s–1990s)" -- a chapter from his book manuscript. Comment by Debbie Weinstein, Brown University.

  • December 4, 2020

    *The passcode for the meeting is 269565*
    Errors, Ethics, and Professional Status from the Middle Ages to Modern
    AAHM Ann Arbor 2.0, 2020 Conference Panel 5


    Walton Schalick, III, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    “Errare humanum est:” Medical Errors in the Middle Ages


    Fedir Razumenko, University of Calgary
    Bridging Clinical Investigation with Ethical Regulation: Four Pioneering Gynecologic Cancer Trials in Canada, 1974-1984


    Andrew Hogan, Creighton University
    Defining a Home for Disability in Late-20th Century Pediatrics: Specialties and Status


  • November 6, 2020

    Kelly O’Donnell, NEH Postdoctoral Fellow, CHSTM, “‘Public Relations in Action’: Doctors’ Wives and the Fight Against Socialized Medicine, 1924–1965.” Commentary by Naomi Rogers, Yale University.

  • October 2, 2020

    Haejoo Kim, Syracuse University, "Medical Liberty in Nineteenth-Century Anti-Vaccination Rhetoric." Comment by Pamela K. Gilbert, University of Florida.


  • April 3, 2020

    Mary Fissell, Johns Hopkins University, will share drafts of the introduction and Chapter 2 of a book in progress about Aristotle’s Masterpiece, now tentatively titled Before Sex Ed.
    Lauren Kassell,  Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Cambridge, will provide the comment.

  • March 6, 2020

    Paul Kelton, Stony Brook University.  "Buried: the Hidden Terror of Cholera in Jackson's America, 1832-1836." 
    Comment by Charles E. Rosenberg

  • February 7, 2020

    Ian Burney, Manchester University.  "Staging Innocence: The Origins of the Court of Last Resort and the Imaginative Landscapes of Frontier Justice."
    Comment by Christopher Hamlin, University of Notre Dame. 

  • December 6, 2019

    Emily Webster, University of Chicago, on "A Plague on the Land, on the Sea, and in the Sewers: Ecologies of Yersinia pestis in Bombay City, 1890-1914." Response by Lucas Mueller, University of Geneva.

Group Conveners

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    David Barnes

    David Barnes teaches history of medicine and public health at UPenn. His interests include history of medicine and public health, cultural history of bodily knowledge, and bodily practices.


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    Paul Theerman

    Paul Theerman is Director of the Library and Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health at the New York Academy of Medicine.


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    Nancy Tomes

    Nancy Tomes is Distinguished Professor of History at Stony Brook University. Her research interests include U.S. social and cultural history and the history of medicine, women, and gender.


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    Keith Wailoo

    Keith Andrew Wailoo is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University. His research and teaching interests include the history and cultural politics of disease; drugs and drug policy; race, science, and health; and health policy and medical affairs in the U.S.


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