History of Medicine: People and projects

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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. Jenna Healey

Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine At Queen's University

Dr. Shelly McKellar

Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at Western University

Dr. Darrel Manitowabi

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

Dr. Susan Lamb

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

Dr. George Weisz

Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at McGill University

Dr. Frank Stahnisch

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

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Whitney Wood

2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

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.

Erin Spinney

2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow

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…

Jill Campbell-Miller

2016 Post-Doctoral Fellow

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…

Will Pratt

2016 Post Doctoral Fellow

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…

Kandace Bogaert

2016 Post-Doctoral Fellow

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

Kandace is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies in the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University. She completed her PhD in Medical Anthropology at McMaster University in 2015. Her post-doctoral research focuses on veterans’ experiences with war trauma following the First World War. Forming the foundation…

Erich Weidenhammer

2016 Post-Doctoral Fellow

Preserving public health materials in Canada

Erich  is currently working at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) on an AMS postdoctoral project that explores the place of the material culture of public health in local collections. Its focus is on Toronto as a historically-significant hub for research and the development of public health infrastructure, a centre for outreach in schools…

Doctoral Research

Jody Hodgins

2023 Doctoral Research

Meeting Demands for Animal Healthcare: Veterinary Medicine in Rural Southern Ontario, 1862-1939

Before veterinarians populated the countryside, people had limited access to health knowledge and relied on experienced neighbours or medical doctors to practice animal healthcare. Jody’s dissertation examines the interdependence between animal, human, and environmental health to show advancements in public health and the role veterinary medicine had in shaping our current understanding of modern medicine…

Erin Gallagher-Cohoon

2023 Doctoral Research

Queerly Familial: Canadian Histories of Queer Reproduction, Parenting, and Activism

Erin’s dissertation analyzes Canadian histories of queer parenting and queer family formations in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Drawing from psychological, legal, media, policy and oral history sources, my research questions sociocultural constructions of the categories of “family” and “parenthood.” This dissertation sits at the intersection between histories of medicine, histories of sexuality, and…

Justin Fisher

2023 Doctoral Research

Saskatchewan’s Power: Technology, health, and democracy during the Energy Crisis, 1971-1982

The 1970s energy crisis launched a decade of debate over the impacts of new energy developments in Saskatchewan. Home to an abundance of diverse energy resources including fossil fuels, uranium, hydro, and exceptional renewable energy potential, the province was well-positioned to take advantage of surging global demand for new and accessible energy sources. However, people…

Lucy Vorobej

2021 Doctoral Completion Award

“By Their Own Efforts”: First Nations Health Policy in Canada, 1945-1980

Lucy’s project examines the development and implementation of First Nations health policy during Canada’s post-war period of integration. It analyzes how the idea of race and the objectives of settler colonialism impacted debates about jurisdiction, affected the nature of health services offered to First Nations peoples, and limited the creation of meaningful partnerships with First Nations leaders.

Ceilidh Auger-Day

2020 Doctoral Completion Award

Navigating Canadian healthcare before Medicare

Ceilidh Auger-Day researches how Canadians made individual health-related decisions when facing injury or illness between 1900-1940.

Martin Beaulieu

2020 Doctoral Completion Award

The therapeutic use of cinema to treat mentally ill patients (1895-1950)

Martin Beaulieu examines the therapeutic use of cinema by the mental health professions, trying to understand why and how the cinema was considered a therapeutic tool to treat mental disorders.

Project Grantees

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

Robert Paul

2023 Project Grant

#TeamVaccine: Exploring the History of Toronto’s COVID-19 Vaccination Initiative through Social Media

In 2021, Toronto’s healthcare institutions – its academic hospitals, community health centres and faculties of health sciences – came together to plan, coordinate, staff and promote large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Toronto and in its surrounding areas. The size, the scale and the collaboration of this vaccine campaign were unprecedented in Toronto history. Through interviews…

David Monteyne

2023 Project Grant

Quarantine Stations and Lazarettos: Histories of Architecture and Public Health

Quarantine – or spatial segregation – was one of the first and only solutions for public health prior to the late 19th century. The quarantine of groups suspected of carrying diseases began to be formalized in the late medieval Mediterranean. These early public health policies and practices immediately led to the requirement for quarantine spaces:…

Kenton Kroker

2023 Project Grant

Innovation, Expertise, and Equity: Creating Sleep Medicine within Canada’s Universal Health Care System, 1970–2000

Sleep complaints are ancient, but it was only during the 1970s and ‘80s that sleep began to emerge as a sub-specialty of medical practice. Canadian clinicians were on the cutting edge of this development, but this story remains unwritten. Sleep medicine evolved in tandem with the divergence of Canadian and American systems of state medical…

Michelle Hamilton

2023 Project Grant

Medical Instruments as Authority and Knowledge: A Research and Documentary Project

The Medical Artifact Collection at Western University stores approximately 1300 objects with an adjacent teaching space and curates six exhibit cases. ‘Medical Instruments as Authority and Knowledge’ will combine published and archival sources, our artifacts, and past and new oral history interviews of physicians to betterunderstand the role of instruments in medical practice. Did medical…

Jacalyn Duffin

2023 Project Grant

History of Medicine: A Scandalously Short Introduction

History of Medicine: A Scandalously Short Introduction (3rd ed. 2021) is the product of a long career of research and teaching, supported by AMS. But it is not accessible to francophones in Canada or elsewhere. Jacalyn’s project will provide a French-language edition of this popular introductory textbook, which is aimed at students in the health-care…

Efrat Gold

2022 Project Grant

Archiving Patient-Led Mad Activism in Canada, 1970s-2020

Efrat’s project is designed in two segments. The first segment involves the curation of mad-centered archival material not yet available in the public domain. The second is an original research segment, using critical discourse analysis of the archival material, that seeks to enhance understandings of the crucial and active role of mental patients in shaping…


Imperial pathways of mobility: doctoring women and the American surgical enterprise in Iran, 1888-1940

Lydia Wytenbroek
The University of British Columbia

History of vaccine resistance in Canada

Catherine Carstairs
University of Guelph


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 1765-1830: Knowledge, networks, and practices in an age of revolution and loyalism

Dr. Wendy Churchill
University of New Brunswick

Exploring ethics and Canadian clinical cancer trials, 1978-1998

Fedir Razumenko

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


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

False faces: Examining the cultural history of cosmetic surgery

Kathryn Schweishelm

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

Oana Baboi

Manuscripting English medical knowledge in the early age of print

Lori Jones


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

Dr. Frank Stahnisch
University of Calgary

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 Peoples 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

Exploring the history of natural childbirth in Canada and the world

Whitney Wood


Dr. Sasha Mullally
University of New Brunswick

Dr. Jacalyn Duffin
Queen’s University

Dr. Elizabeth Neswald
Brock University

Dr. Catherine Carstairs
University of Guelph

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

Jill Campbell-Miller

Examining interwar veterans and healthcare in Alberta

Will Pratt


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

Dr. Angela Towle PhD, BSc
University of British Columbia

Mindfulness and 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

Exploring LSD Psychotherapy in the United States, 1949-1976

Matthew Oram

Interpreting the genetic revolution

Devon Stillwell

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