Since September 1988, Hannah Professor, Queen's University
former President of the American Association for the History of Medicine, 2004-2006
former President of Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, 1999-2001
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Humanities), 2012
Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, 2013
former Associate Dean Undergraduate Studies and Education, 1993-1995
Degrees and Fellowships:
1985 Doctorat du 3e c. Paris-I-Sorbonne, History an Pratique des Hautes Etudes, IV Section, Paris
1983 D.E.A.Paris-I-Sorbonne, France
1979 F.R.C.P.(C) Internal medicine
1979 F.R.C.P.(C) Hematology
1979 C.S.P.Q. Hématologie
1974 M.D. University of Toronto
Stanley's Dream; the Medical Expedition to Easter Island, 1864-65 forthcoming on contract.
Medical Saints: Cosmas and Damian in a Postmodern World, Oxford University Press, 2013.
HIstory of Medicine: A Scandalously Short Introduction, 2nd revised and expanded ed., U Toronto Press, 2010
Medical Miracles: Doctors,Saints and Healing in the Modern World, Oxford University Press, 2009
as editor with Arthur Sweetman, SARS in Context: Memory, History, Policy McGill Queen's University Press and the Queen's School of Policy Studies, 2006
as editor and contributor,Clio in the Clinic; History in Medical Practice, Oxford University Press and the University of Toronto Press, 2005
Lovers and Livers: Disease Concepts in History. The Joanne Goodman Lectures, 2002, University of Toronto Press, 2005
History of Medicine: a Scandalously Short Introduction, 1st edition, University of Toronto Press, 1999; Macmillan, 2000; reprinted 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009: Korean translation, 2006
To See with a Better Eye: A Life of R.T.H. Laennec, Princeton University Press, 1998.
Langstaff: A Nineteenth-Century Medical Life, University of Toronto Press, 1993; London: Macmillan; reprinted 1999.
Translation with Russell C. Maulitz, of Mirko D. Grmek,History of AIDS: Emergence and Origin of a Modern Pandemic, Princeton University Press, 1990
Articles in peer-reviewed journals, books or encyclopedias:
In progress, “The Plague Wall: Eighteenth-Century Medical Surveillance’
In progress, with J. Pater “Mrs Robinson’s revenge: the medicare protest song”
In progress with Brian White-Guay, Measuring Canada’s drug shortage.
In progress with Aisha Ghare, Jay Engel and R. Walker, “How surgeons change “
forthcoming, Mirko Grmek, mon maître, in conference volume, ed. Pierre-Olivier Méthot (Paris: Editions Matériologiques)
2016 “A Sweet Tradition: the Oath of Hippocrates on Lake Ontario” in Allan Peterkin and Pamela Brett-Maclean, Keeping Reflection Fres: A Practical Guide for Clinical Educators (Kent Ohio: Kent State University Press), pp. 225-228.
2016 Peter Beighton on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), 1964-65, South African Medical Journal. May 23;106(6):10984. doi: 10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i6.10984.
2016 “Hospitals of Rome in the Early 19thC: the Apostolic Visit of 1825” Can. Bull Med Hist 33.2: 517-33.
2016 with Gina Eom and Paul Grootendorst .The case for an essential medicines list for Canada. CMAJ Jun 13 epubl ahead of print; print 10 December.
2015 with D. Jones, J. Greene, and J. H. Warner “The Clio Project: History in Medical Education.” J History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
2014 with Victor Tang, "Catatonia in the History of Psychiatry: Construction and Deconstruction of a Disease Concept," Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 57.4: 524-37..
2014 final author with D. J. Mulder, A.J. Nobel, C.J. Justinich, "A tale of two diseases: the history of inflammatory bowel disease, J of Crohns and Colitis 8.5 (december): 341-48.
2014 "The Queen's Jews: Race, Religion, and Change in 20thC Kingston," Canadian J. History49 (Winter): 369-94.
2014 "Palliative Care: the Oldest Profession?" Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 31.2: 205-128.
2014 The Samuel X Radbill lecture: Library Adverntures in the Digital Age: Observations and Questions, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Surveillance.
2014 with Jessica Duffin Wolfe, "The annotated Vesalius" CMAJ 186.11 (5 Aug): 856-7.
2013, "Commentary: Religion and Medicine," J History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, advanced access 5 October print (2014) 69 (1): 162-165.
Les avancées médicales au XXe siècle et le prix Nobel,.' eds. B. Fantini and L. Lambrichs, Histoire de la Pensee Medicale, Paris: Seuil, 111-138.
2013 "Parallels between Medicine and Religion through the Canonization Miracles, 1800-1000," ed. Maria Pia Donato, Medicine e Religione: Collaborazione, Competizione, Conflitto, Ecole Française de Rome, 339-358.
2013 "McWhinney's gift: academic family medicine," CMAJ 185.4: 360.
2012 "Infiltrating the Curriculum; Triumphs and Disasters in Bringing History to Future Doctors,' In J. Kevin Dorsey and P. K. Rangachari, eds. Students Matter: The Rewards of University Teaching. Springfield, Ill. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, p. 74-92. Japanese translation 2014.
2012 2nd author with Lola L. Cuddy, Sudeep Gill, Cassandra L. Brown, Bitu Sikka, and Ashley Vanstone, "Memory for tunes and lyrics in Dementia of the Alzheimer type," Music Perception 29,5: 479-91.
2012 “The Feminization of Canadian Medicine: Voices from the Second Wave” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 29.1: 83-100.
2012, 'Medical Rhetoric in the Twenty-First Century: When Doctors Change their Minds,' ed. Joel Coste, Deanielle Jacquart, Jackie Pigeaud, 2008 conference volume, Geneva: Droz, Hautes Etudes Medievales et Modernes, p. 251-282.
2011 “Miracles and Wonders: Finding Canadian Medical History in the Vatican Archives” Historical Studies 77:41-58.
2011 ‘Lament for the Humanities in Continuing Medical Education.’ CMAJ 183 (Sep 6): 1452
2011 'The Impact of Single-Payer Health Care; Physician Income in Canada, 1850-1005,' American Journal of Public Health 101. 7:1198-1208.
2011 ‘Did Abraham Flexner spark the founding of CMAJ?’ Canadian Medical Association Journal 183 (6): 811-13.
2011, 'Questioning Medicine in Seventeenth-Century Rome; The Consultations of Paolo Zacchia,' Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 28.1: 149-170.
2009, 3rd author with Vanstone, A. D., Cuddy, L. L., & Alexander, E. Exceptional preservation of memory for tunes and lyrics: Case studies of amusia, profound, deafness, and Alzheimer disease. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1169: 291-4
2009 'Salerno, Saints, and Sutton's Law: On the Origin of Europe's 'First’ Medical School,' Medical Hypotheses 73: 265-67.
2009 with Ashley D. Vanstone (first author), Lola L. Cuddy, & Elizabeth Alexander “Memory for tunes and lyrics: Case studies of amusia, profound deafness, and Alzheimer disease.” Rothman conference (poster).
2008 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), in Encyclopedia of Pestilence, Pandemics Plagues, ed. Joseph P. Byrne, Greenwood Press, p. 629-31
2007 AAHM Presidential Address: the Doctor was Surprised, of How to Diagnose a Medical Miracle, Bulletin of the History of Medicine 81 (4): 699-729.
2007 'La Mauvaise Herbe: Unwanted Biographies both Great and Small,' In Poetics of Biography, ed. Thomas Söderqvist, Ashgate
2006 chapter entry (R. T. H. Laennec) for Dictionary of Medical Biography, eds. W. F. Bynum and Helen Bynum, Greenwood Press, p. 757-761.
2006 "Laennec, René." In vol. 3 of Europe 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire, edited by John Merriman and Jay Winter, pp. 1297-1298. Detroit: Charles Scribners Sons.
2006, "Jodocus Lommius's Little Golden Book and the History of Diagnostic Semeiology" J History of Medicine and Allied Sciences vol. 61, no. 3, pp. 249-287.
2005, "Medical Miracles and the Longue Durée,' History and Philosophy of Life Sciences special issue in memory of M.D. Grmek, vol. 27, pp. 81-99
2005 with Lola Cuddy, "Music, Memory, and Alzheimer's Disease: Is Music Recognition Spared in Dementia, and How Can It be Assessed?" Medical Hypotheses 64: 229-225. Reprinted in Neurology and Cognitive Disorders, 6, no. 1: 17-21.
2004: chapter-entries (country doctors; epidemics; Wilder Penfield; thalidomide crisis; scurvey, orthodox medical treatments; cholera) for Oxford Companion to Canadian History, ed. G. Hallowell, Oxford University Press
2004 "A Hippocratic Triangle: History, Clinician-Historians, and Future Doctors" in Locating Medical History: the Stories and their Meaning,edited by Frank Huisman and John Harley Warner, Johns Hopkins U Press, pp. 432-449
2003 "Stethoscope", for the Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science, ed. J. L. Heilbron, F.L. Holmes, et al. Oxford University Press, pp. 780-1
2003 "On humanities in medical education", guest editorial, Dermanities, 4(1)a2. (See: http://www.dermanities.com/)
2003 "Un nuovo modo di fare la diagnosi," in; Storia della scienza, editor in chief Sandro Petruccioli, Roma: Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 10 vol (2001-2004), vol. VII (2003), p. 901-909.
2003 (with Stein, R. and Ellis, P.) "The academic aspirations of high school students and their socioeconomic status in the context of spiralling tuition", Queen's Health Sciences Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp16-21.
2002 "CSHM/SCHM Presidential Address: The Quota: 'An Equally Serious Problem' for Us All", Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/ Bulletin 'histoire de la médecine, vol. 19, no. 2, 1-24
2002 "Preface" in Lawrie McFarlane and Carlos G. Prado, The Best-Laid Plans: Health Care's Problems and Prospects, McGill-Queen's University Press, pp. xiii-xv.
2002 "Poisoning the Spindle: Serendipity and Discovery of the Anti-Tumour Properties of the Vinca Alkaloids", Pharmacy in History, illustrated reprinting of award-winning article, vol. 44, 64-76 and 93-128.
2002 Medical Miracles: Absence and Prevalence in our Recent Past". In Mystics Visions and Miracles, eds. J. Goering, F. Guardiani, and G. Silano, New York, (Ottawa, Toronto: Legas, 2002) p. 149-160
2001 "Grand Rounds: osteodensosis" [fiction] Canadian Medical Association Journal, vol. 165(12), pp. 1609-1611.
2001 "Discovery and Disease: face="Arial""History, Philosophy, and Medicine in the Year 2000", Hist. Phil. Life Sci., vol. 23, pp. 75-85
2001 "What goes around, comes around: A history of medical tuition", Canadian Medical Association Journal, 9 Jan.,vol. 164, pp. 50-56.
2000 with P. Potter, "History of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine", Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin canadien d'histoire de la médecine, Dec. vol. 17, pp. 287-308.
2000 "Poisoning the Spindle: Serendipity and Discovery of the Anti-Tumour Properties of the Vinca Alkaloids", Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin canadien d'histoire de la médecine, Dec., Vol. 17, pp. 155-192.
2000 "Mirko Drazen Grmek, 1924-2000" (obituary), Bulletin of the History of Medicine vol. 74, pp.561-565.
2000 with C. Hayter "Baring the Sole: The Rise and Fall of the Shoe-Fitting Fluroscope", Isis, vol. 91, pp. 260-282.
2000 "Paratexte révolutionnaire en médecine," in Paratextes, Études aux Bords du texte, ed. Mireille Calle-Gruber et Elisabeth Zawisza, L'Harmattan, Paris and Montreal, pp. 253-275.
1999 Virginia Apgar (pp. 557-558), Ralph Hermon Major (pp. 352-353) and Oswald Hope Robertson (pp. 625-626) in American National Biography, Oxford University Press.
1999 "Laennec and Broussais: The 'Sympathetic' Duel," in Constructing Paris Medicine, eds. Caroline Hannaway and Ann Laberge, Rodopi Press, Amsterdam, and Clio Medica, 50, pp.251-273
1997, "Cadavers and Patients: Laennec's Vital Principle and the Historical Diagnosis of Vitalism", in Guido Cimino and Francois Duchesneau, Eds. Vitalisms: From Haller to the Cell Theory Biblioteca Di Physis 5, Florence, pp. 205-223.
1997, "Census versus Medical Daybooks: A Comparison of Two Sources on Mortality in Nineteenth-Century Ontario", Continuity and Change, vol. 12, pp 199-219.
1996, with L. Falk, "Sigerist in Saskatchewan: The Quest for Balance in Social and Technical Medicine", Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 70, pp. 658-683.
1996, "Lighting Candles, Making Sparks, and Remembering Not to Forget", Women in Medical Education, ed. Delese Wear SUNY Press, Albany, New York, pp. 33-46.
1996, "Soldier's Work; Soldier's Health: Morbidity, Mortality and their Causes in an 1840s British Garrison", Labour/Le Travail, vol. 37, pp. 37-80.
1995 "Infiltrating the Curriculum: an Integrative Approach to History for Medical Students", Journal of the Medical Humanities, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 155-174.
1995 with Mark Weisberg; "Evoking the Moral Imagination: Using Stories to Teach Ethics and Professionalism to Nursing, Medical, and Law Students"; Change, The Magazine of Higher Learning, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 20-27. Also published in J.Med. Humanities 16, no. 4, pp. 247-263.
1995 with Alison Li; "Great Moments: Parke, Davis and Co, and the Creation of Medical Art" ISIS, vol. 86, pp. 1-29.
1994 "Imaging Disease: The Illustration and Non-illustration of Medical Texts, 1650-1850", Muse and Reason: The Relation of Arts and Sciences 1650-1850, eds. B. Castel, J.A. Leith, A.W Riley (Kingston; Queen's Quarterlyfor the Royal Society of Canada), pp. 79-108.
1994 "AIDS, Memory and the History of Medicine: Musings on the Canadian Response", Genitourinary Medicine, vol. 70, no. 1, pp. 64-69.
1994 "Private Practice and Public Research: The Patients of R.T.H. Laennec," in Ann La Berge and Mordechai Feingold, eds., French Medical Culture in the Nineteenth Century Atlanta, Georgia and Amsterdam, Rodopi Press, series edited by W.F. Bynum and Roy Porter, pp. 118-148.
1993 "Pneumonia," in The Cambridge World History of Human Disease, ed. K.F. Kiple, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993, pp. 938-942.
1992 "View from the North: Historical Perspectives on Canada's Health Care System", Sigerist Circle Newsletter, no. 4, winter 1992.
1992 "The Guru and the Godfather: Henry E. Sigerist, Hugh Maclean and the Politics of Health Care Reform in 1940s Canada", Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, December, vol. 9, no. 2, pp 191-218.
1992 "The Death of Sara Lovell and the Constrained Feminism of Emily Stowe", Canadian Medical Association Journal, 146 (6 March) pp. 881-888.
1991 with S. Taylor, D. Lillicrap et al., "Characterisation of the Original Christmas Disease Mutation Cysteine 206 to Serine), from Clinical Recognition to Molecular Modeling", Journal Thrombosis and Haemostasis, vol. 67, pp. 63-65
1991 with P. René "Anti-moine; Anti-biotique: The Public Fortunes of the Secret Properties of Antimony Potassium Tartrate (Tartar Emetic)," Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Volume 46, Number 4, pp. 440-456.
1992 "Unity, Duality, Passion, and Cure: Laennec's Conceptualisation of Tuberculosis", in Danielle Gourevitch ed., "Maladie et maladies: histoire et conceptualisation. Mélanges en l'Honneur de Mirko Grmek", Paris Hautes Études Médiévales et Modernes, 70 (1992); pp. 333-346.
1991 "Puerile Respiration: Laennec's Stethoscope and the Physiology of Breathing", Transactions and Studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Ser. 5, Vol. 13, No. 2 (1991); 125-145.
1990 "L'Hippocrate de Laennec repris: la fièvre à l'ombre de l'anatomie pathologique," in conference volume La Maladie et les maladies dans la Collection Hippocratique, Eds., Paul Potter, Gilles Maloney, Jacques Desautels, Quebec: Sphinx: 433-461.
1990 "In view of the Body of Job Broom: A Glimpse of the Medical Knowledge and Practice of John Rolph" Can. Bull. Med. Hist., vol. 7 no. 1, pp. 9-30
1990 "Allvar Gullstrand," "François Jacob", "André Lwoff," "Jacques Monod," in Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, edited by Daniel Fox, Marcia Meldrum, and Ira Rezak, New York: Garland, 1990, pp. 224-227, 288-292, 368-372, 408- 412.
1989 "Gaspard-Laurent Bayle et il metodo anatomo-clinico," Biologica 2-3: 129-38.
1989 "The cardiology of R.T.H. Laennec," Medical History, vol. 33, pp. 42-71.
1988 "Vitalism and Organicism in the Philosophy of R.T.H. Laennec," Bull. Hist. Med., vol. 62, pp. 525-545.
1988 "Sick doctors: Bayle and Laennec on their own phthisis," J. History of Medicine, 43: 165-182.
1988 "A rural practice in nineteenth century Ontario: The continuing medical education of James Miles Langstaff," Can. Bull. Med. Hist. 5: 3-28.
1987 "Why does cirrhosis belong to Laennec?" Canadian Medical Assoc. J., 137: 393-396.
1987 "The Great Canadian Peritonitis Debate, 1844-47," Histoire Sociale-Social History, XIX no. 38: 407-424.
1986 "The medical philosophy of RTH Laennec (1781-1826)", History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 8, pp. 195-219.
1986 "Gaspard-Laurent Bayle (1774-1816) et son legs scientifique: au-delà de l'anatomie pathologique," Can. Bull. Med. Hist., 3, no. 2, pp. 13-30.
2015 Queen's University Prize for Research Excellence.
2014 Ida and Cecil Green Visiting Professor, Green College, UBC, Jan 26 to 31
2013 Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
2012 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
2007 Distinguished International Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, April 8-20
2007 Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professor, University of Chicago, February 27
2015 "Dr Jacalyn Duffin Award" for advocacy (inaugural winner Marie Leung., Created by Queen's U MD graduates, 2015.
2015 Annual Lectureship Award, First Year Medicine, Class of 2018
2010 The Inaugural Howard S. Barrows Teaching Award, McMaster University
2009 W.F. Connell Award for Teaching Excellence, Queen's University, Faculty of Health Sciences (elected by graduating class)
2006 Annual Lectureship Award, First Year Medicine, Class of 2009 (shared with Dr C. Reifel, Anatomy)
2006 TVO Best Lecturer Competition; top ten finalist
2005-7, 1997-98, 1996-97, 1995-96, 1994-95, 1991-92, 1990-91, Honorary President Queen's Aesculapian Society
2001 W.F. Connell Award for Teaching Excellence, Queen's University, Faculty of Health Sciences (elected by graduating class)
2001 Honorary President for Life of Queen's Medical Class of 2001.
1999 W.F. Connell Award for Teaching Excellence, Queen's University, Faculty of Health Sciences (elected by graduating class)
1999-2000, 1998-1999, Honorary Treasurer, Queen's Aesculapian Society
1995 Honorary President for Life of Queen's Medical Class 1995.
1992 W.F. Connell Award for Teaching Excellence, Queen's University, Faculty of Medicine (elected by graduating class)
In Research and Writing
2009 Jason A. Hannah Medal presented by Royal Society of Canada for book, Medical Miracles
2005 David Horrobin Prize for "Music, Memory and Alzheimers Disease" best article in Medical Hypotheses 2005
2002 J.W. Estes Award, American Association for the History of Medicine, for "Poisoning the Spindle"
2001 Jason A. Hannah Medal presented by Royal Society of Canada for book, To See with a Better Eye.
1998 National Magazine Award, Silver, Science, Health and Medicine Category, for "Medical Miracle".
1998 Canadian Nurses Association Annual National Journalism Award Magazine Category for: "Medical Miracle",
2004-6 Presidency of the American Association for the HIstory of Medicine
2001-6 Member International Advisory Group to the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine UCL London
2002 Oswald Avery Medal for outstanding contibutions in Medical Humanities, Dalhousie University
2000 Canadian Federation of Medical Students Friend Award for outstanding student advocacy
1999-2001 Presidency of Canadian Society for the History of Medicine
2015, Keynote Can. Catholic History Association and Can Hist Assoc, 3 June
2015 Keynote, Importance of Public Health History, U Toronto, 7 March
2014 Keynnote, 200th anniversary of Medical School, Oslo Norway, August 21
2013 Heberden Society Lecture, Cornell Medical Centre, New York City, 10 December
2013 Samuel X Radbill Lecture,College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 6 December
2012 Rosen Lecture, Queen's University 23 October
2012 Keynote, ICRE Conference, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada, Ottawa, 20 October
2012 Keynote, Annual Geography teachers Conference of Ontario,Kingston, 19 October
2012 Keynote, I8th Annual Advanced Learning in Palliative Care Conference, Kington, 8 June
2012 Keynote, I8th Annual Advanced Learning in Palliative Care Conference, Kington, 8 June
2012 Invited Lecture Columbia University 24 April
2012 Invited Lecture New York Academy of Medicine, NYC, 25 April
2010 Keynote, Canadian Health Science Librarians Assocation, 9 June
2010 Keynote, History and Philosophy of Life Sciences, Conference, 25 April
2010 Lattimer Lecture, New York Academy of Medicine, 12 April
2008 Hideyo Noguchi Lecture, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 21 February
2006 Convocation Speaker, at graduation of University of Toronto Medical Class of 2006, 7 June
2005 James Starr Simpson Memorial Lecture, St Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto, 4 Nov.
2005 Allen B. Weisse Lecture, U Medicine and Denistry of New Jersey, Newark NJ, 27 September
2004 4th A. M. (Buzz) Edwards Lectureship in Clinical Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 21 Oct
2004 The Royal College Lecture, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Ottawa, 1 Oct.
2004 Sam Dunn Lecture, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Galveston, Texas, 21 Sept
2004 Hippocratic Oath speaker, at graduation ceremony of McMaster University Medical Class of 2004, 14 May
2002 "Lovers and Livers," The Joanne Goodman Lectures, University of Westsern Ontario, 8-10 Oct
2002 The T.J. Murray Visiting Scholar, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.
2001 R.K. Lattimer Lecture, New York Academy of Medicine, Jan 19.
2000 Medical Classics Lecture, University of California at Los Angeles.
1999 George Rosen Memorial Lecture, Yale University, March 12.
1999 Leslie Nicholas Lecture, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, March 9.
1998 Convocation Address, Queen's U, Faculties of Health Science and Law, May 22.
1996 Davis Lecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, November 20.
1995 2nd Heberden Society Lecture, the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, January 18.
1995 John Farquhar Fulton Lecture in Medical History, Yale School of Medicine, January 19
1995 Nathan Smith Club, Fulton Fellowship, Yale School of Medicine, January 20
1994 Culpeper Lecture, University of Minnesota and lecture to Minnesota History of Medicine Society, November 21.
1994 C. K. Huang Lecture, State University of New York at Buffalo, October 29.
1993 Kate Hurd-Mead Lecture, Medical College of Pennsylvania, April
1990 William Snow Miller Lecture, University of Wisconsin, Madison