History of Medicine

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The history of medicine is a venerable discipline that has seen many transformations in topics, authorship, and applications. Orienting researchers through the labyrinthine currents of the vast field has become a daunting task. Oxford Bibliographies in the History of Medicine is a resource meant to guide scholarly research through the growing mass of academic output, offering selective annotated research paths that are insightful, diverse, and highlight quality scholarship. This resource aims to cover the field, from its ancient beginnings to the work of contemporary experts who draw on a variety of related disciplines.


Editor in Chief

Jacalyn Duffin, MC, MD (Toronto 1974), PhD (Sorbonne 1985), FRCPC, FRSC, FCAH, is a hematologist and historian and professor emerita at Queen’s University where she occupied the Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine from 1988 to 2017. A former president of both the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, she is the author or editor of eleven books and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, holds several awards for teaching, research and service, including Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada (2012) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2013), induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (2019), and is a three-time winner of the Jason A. Hannah Medal for scholarly writing. In 2020, she was named to the Order of Canada. Her research focuses on disease, technology, religion, and health policy. She runs an activist website for information about the drug shortage and established a collaborative online project to translate from Latin the 85 consultations of the 17th-century physician and lawyer, Paolo Zacchia. Her book on Canada’s medical expedition to Easter Island was published as Stanley’s Dream in 2019 and her COVID-19: A History was released in October 2022 – both with McGill-Queen’s University Press.


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Abdominal Surgery
Accessibility or Access to Health Provisions
Aid Organizations and NGOs
Animals in Surgery
Art and Surgery
Cancer Surgery
Care and Community
Certification of Insanity
Clinical Trials in Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery
Cultural Histories of Disability outside of a Western Framework
Cure and the Medical “Gaze”
Disaster Nursing
Disease and Disability
Environment/Climate Change
Eradication Programs
Florence Nightingale: Race, Class, and Gender and the Founding of Modern Nursing
Gender and Surgery
Gender(ed) Intersections and/or LGBTQ+ Disabled Experiences
Global Health and Surgery
Global Mental Health
Health Infrastructure/Hospitals
History of Ethics of Surgery
Identity and Cultural Perspectives
Imperial Nursing Project
Indigenous Institutionalization
Knowledge and Information
Labor as Creating Disabilities
Material History of Surgery
Measurement for Diagnosis, Classification, or Normalization
Mental and Intellectual Disabilities
Military Nursing
Minimally-Invasive Surgery
Mobility Aids
Mobility Disabilities
Monstrous Births
Non-Communicable Diseases
Normalcy as Framework
Nursing and Midwifery
Nursing and Surgery
Obstetric and Gynecological Surgery
Patients in Surgery
Population and Family Planning
Premodern (pre-1800) Surgery
Primary Health Care
Public Health Nursing
Religion and Global Health
Religion and Nursing
Sensory Disabilities
Slavery, Disability, and Ableism
Social Medicine
Surgery and Emotions
Surgery and the Public
Surgery and War
Surgical Spaces
Technology and Innovation
The ”Reformation” of Nursing
The Food and Agriculture Organization
The History of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
The League of Nations Health Organization
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Surgical Profession
The World Bank
Transplant Surgery
Tropical Disease
Vascular and Cardiac Surgery
War and Military
War, Conflict, and International Health
World Health Organization


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