History of Medicine: People and projects

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funding recipients. Be inspired by their work.

Hannah Chairs

Through permanent endowment these eight professors teach the history of medicine in healthcare education. Learn about their exceptional backgrounds and research interests.

Dr. Susan Lamb


Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at the University of Ottawa

Dr. Darrel Manitowabi


Hannah Chair in Indigenous Health and Indigenous Traditional Medicine at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Dr. Shelly McKellar


Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at Western University

Post-Doctoral Fellows

A system of care and control: British naval medicine 1790-1815


Erin is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Saskatchewan before commencing her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford in March 2018.  Erin’s postdoctoral research “A System of Care and Control: British Naval Medicine 1790-1815” considers naval medicine as an interconnected system involving ships, hospital ships, and land-based hospitals. This research builds on…

Canada’s health humanitarian work in South and Southeast Asia, 1950-1968.


Jill Campbell-Miller graduated with a PhD in history at the University of Waterloo in 2014. Her dissertation, which was subsequently a top-six finalist for the CGS-Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award in 2015, examined the history of Canadian foreign aid to India during the 1950s. It was the first sustained body of work to explore the early…

Examining interwar veterans and healthcare in Alberta


Will Pratt finished his PhD at the University of Calgary in 2016, writing a dissertation on the medicalization of Canadian Army morale in the Second World War.  He has published papers on military psychiatry and venereal disease.  His upcoming project looks to examine interwar veterans and healthcare in Alberta.  He has a master’s degree in…

Exploring ethics and Canadian clinical cancer trials, 1978-1998


My AMS postdoctoral research project examines an historical trajectory shaping clinical research and its regulation in Canada.

Exploring LSD Psychotherapy in the United States, 1949-1976


Matthew will be using his AMS History of Medicine and Healthcare Postdoctoral Fellowship to complete his book “The Trials of Psychedelic Therapy: LSD Psychotherapy in the United States, 1949-1976,” at the University of Calgary. This book explores the history of research investigating the therapeutic potential of the psychedelic drug LSD in the United States, which was widespread…

Exploring the history of natural childbirth in Canada and the world


As an AMS Postdoctoral Fellow, Whitney continued the research for her second book manuscript, tentatively titled “A New Way to Birth? Natural Childbirth in Canada and the World, 1930-2000”. She also began an oral history project to explores attitudes towards natural childbirth in twentieth century Canada.

Doctoral Completion Grants

Karissa Patton

Con(tra)ceptualizing Care: Birth Control Centres, Feminist Models of Health Care, and Reproductive Politics in Southern Alberta, 1969-1979


Following the provincial implementation of medicare and the federal decriminalization of birth control in 1969, feminist birth control centres took up the provision of reproductive health services and education throughout the 1970s in the province of Alberta. Activists at these birth control centres created feminist models of healthcare and provided important health services locally and…

Kathryn Schweishelm

False faces: Examining the cultural history of cosmetic surgery


Cosmetic surgery, much like its effect on the bodies it transforms, is highly skilled at obscuring its age and origins. As an organized specialty, it is nearly a century old, and many of the procedures it employs are much older still, and yet cosmetic surgery somehow feels perpetually current and new, held up as an…

Oana Baboi

Healing the body to save the soul: Jesuit medicine in 17th century Asia


How to preserve and restore health while evangelizing overseas? Since its inception, one of the primary activities of the Society of Jesus was to send its members on evangelical missions to all corners of the world. As many Jesuits had difficulties adapting to the Asian climate and helplessly watched their bodies succumb to unfamiliar diseases, they…

Making bodies, making kin: The history of medical illustrators in North America


As a female-dominated field, the invisibility of medical illustrators as knowledge creation agents contributes to the problematic perception of medical images as unfiltered representations of the scientific truth of bodies.

Project Grantees

These grantees received small budget support for projects in history of healthcare/disease and medicine.

2019

How to Save a Life: Investigating Gendering Biomedical Innovation

Dr. Sandra Hyde
McGill University

“Illustrer le travail du coroner, du médecin légiste et de l’historien : défis et enjeux de l’histoire du geste suicidaire au Québec depuis 250 ans.”

Dr. Isabelle Perreault
University of Ottawa

Health and Medicine in the Maritimes, circa 1765-1830: Knowledge, Networks, and Practices in an Age of Revolution and Loyalism

Dr. Wendy Churchill
University of New Brunswick

Caring for the Commonwealth: Nurses, Doctors and the Colombo Plan of the 1950’s

Dr. Wendy Churchill
University of New Brunswick

A Short History of Global/International Health in the Americas: Canadian Perspectives

Dr. Anne-Emanuelle Birn
University of Toronto

2018

Diversity of Research Traditions in the History of Autism

Dr. Margo Vicedo
University of Toronto

Life before medicare

Dr. Jenna Healey
Queen’s University

The History of the Hornby and Danman Community Health Care Society, 1978-2010

Dr. Megan Davies
York University

2017

Creating a Centre for Science, Technology, Environment and Medicine Studies (C-STEMS) at the University of Calgary, AB

Dr. Frank Stahnisch
University of Calgary

Do Everything: The Origins and Uses of A Verbal Artifact in Clinical Medicine, 1920-2000

Dr. Michel Shamy
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Colonial Extractions: Oral Health, Indigenous People and the Federal Government

Dr. Catherine Carstairs
University of Guelph

Childhood Hand Hygiene Education and Responsible Motherhood in Canada, 1910-1979

Dr. Emma Whelan
Dalhousie University

Indigenous Mental Health Workers and the Challenges of Cross-Cultural Psychiatry at the Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital, 1969-1996

Dr. Gerald McKinley
Western University

2016

Dr. Sasha Mullally
University of New Brunswick

Dr. Jacalyn Duffin
Queen’s University

Dr. Elizabeth Neswald
Brock University

Dr. Catherine Carstairs
University of Guelph

Understanding the history of war trauma and psychiatric illness among Canadian veterans

Kandace Bogaert

2015

Patient involvement in Canadian medical education: a historical study to inform the future

Dr. Angela Towle PhD, BSc
University of British Columbia

Breathe in…breathe out: Mindfulness and the Campaign for Emotionally Healthy Students in Canadian Schools, 1960s to the present

Dr. Catherine Gidney PhD, MA, BA
St. Thomas University

Frances Oldham Kelsey, M.D., Ph. D.: From Cobble Hill to the F.D.A.

Dr. Cheryl Warsh PhD, MA, BA
Vancouver Island University

From Brains on the Bench to Images of Mind? A Critical Appraisal

Dr. Frank Stahnisch PhD, MD, MSc, BA
University of Calgary

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