Working Groups

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 third 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.

To join this working group, click "Request group membership" at right. You will receive instructions for participating online or in person.


  • David Barnes

    David Barnes teaches the history of medicine and public health in the Department of History & Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania.  His interests include the history of medicine and public health, as well as the cultural history of bodily knowledge and bodily practices more generally.


  • Paul Theerman

    Paul Theerman is Associate Director of the Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health at the New York Academy of Medicine. He manages the Center's collections and participates in programming and outreach efforts.


  • 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.


  • Keith Wailoo

    Keith Andrew Wailoo is Townsend Martin 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.


Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • November 5, 2013

    Meggie Crnic of the University of Pennsylvania introduced her "Nature's Cure,": The Seashore as Therapeutic Site, 1870-1930.

  • October 1, 2013

    David Barnes of the University of Pennsylvania introduced his draft paper Cargo, "Infection," and the Logic of Quarantine in the Nineteenth Century

  • March 14, 2013

    Cheryl Logan introduced "Productive" Eugenics and the Double Gonad which is a chapter from her forthcoming book Hormones, Heredity and Race:"Spectacular Failure in Interwar Vienna (Rutgers University Press).

  • February 14, 2013

    Johanna Schoen introduced her draft chapter, Medicine at the Edges of Life: Abortion and Fetal Research

  • December 13, 2012

    Emily Abel and Janet Golden introduced their paper "Modern Medical Science and the Divine Providence of God": Rethinking The Place of Religion in Postwar United States Medical History.

  • November 8, 2012

    Greg Eghigian of Penn State introduced a draft chapter, Civilizing Sexuality Under Socialism, from his book tentatively titled The Corrigible and the Incorrigible: Science, Medicine, and the Convict in Twentieth-Century Germany."

  • October 11, 2012

    The Museum Factory: Charles H. Ward's Anatomical Supply House by Erin Mcleary

  • April 11, 2012

    Safe for Citizenship in the Motor City: Experiments in Seizure Containment at the White Special School, 1935-1956 by Rachel Elder, UPenn

  • October 12, 2011

    Just a paradigm: evidence-based medicine in epistemological context by Miriam Solomon, Temple

  • April 13, 2011

    Children at the Sea: The Seashore as Remedy for Urban Environments by Meggie Crnic, UPenn

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