Founding Members:

Professor Carole Rawcliffe

CRawcliffeCAROLE RAWCLIFFE is Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. She has published widely in the fields of medieval health, hospitals and medical practice. Her books include Leprosy in Medieval England (Woodbridge, 2006) and Urban Bodies: Communal Health in Later Medieval English Towns and Cities (Woodbridge, 2013), both being the outcome of projects funded by the Wellcome Trust. She has also co-edited a two-volume History of Norwich (London and Rio Grande, 2004) and a special number of The Fifteenth Century, on Society in an Age of Plague (2013).

Professor John Henderson

photojohnhJOHN HENDERSON is Professor of Italian Renaissance History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London, and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. He has published a wide range of books and articles on the social, reli­gious and medical history of medieval and renaissance Tuscany. His last major book was The Renaissance Hospital. Healing the Body and Healing the Soul (New Haven and London, 2006) and he is at present completing a book on plague in early modern Florence. He also co-edited and wrote the Introduction with Peregrine Horden and Alessandro Pastore to The Impact of Hospitals in Europe 300–2000: People, Landscapes, Symbols (Peter Lang, 2006), and co-edited with Marina Garbellotti a special issue on medical recipes in early modern Europe, ‘Teoria e pratica medica. Rimedi e formacopee in età moderna’, Medicina e storia, 15 (2008).

Other Board Members:

Professor Barry Doyle

11-doyle-main1BARRY DOYLE is Professor of Health History, University of Huddersfield, UK. His research is concentrated in three areas: the history of hospitals before the NHS; early twentieth century urban history, especially urban politics; and the development of European health systems before welfare states. His current research, funded by the Wellcome Trust, has examined the politics and finance of hospital provision in Yorkshire prior to the NHS. In addition to articles in Medical History and Social History of Medicine, his book The Politics of Hospital Provision in Early Twentieth Century Britain will be published by Chatto and Pickering in March 2014 as part of their Social History of Medicine Series.

Professor Jonathan Reinarz

JonathanReinarz-Cropped-110x146JONATHAN REINARZ is Professor of the History of Medicine and Director at the History of Medicine Unit, University of Birmingham, UK. His recent publications include (with Graham Mooney) Permeable Walls: Institutional Visiting in Historical Perspective (Amsterdam, 2009) and Healthcare in Birmingham: the Birmingham Teaching Hospitals, 1779–1939 (Woodbridge, 2009). More recently he has published a special issue of the Journal for Eighteenth- Century Studies on The Enlightenment and the Senses (edited with Leonard Schwarz, 2012), Medicine and the Workhouse (Rochester, 2013), a history of smell, entitled Past Scents (Champaign, 2013), and A Medical History of Skin (with Kevin Siena; London, 2013).

Dr Jane Stevens Crawshaw

Stevens_Crawshaw_J_p0075724JANE STEVENS CRAWSHAW is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion, Oxford Brookes University, UK. Her research interests bridge the social, medical and environmental history of early modern Italy. Her first book was published by Ashgate in 2012 and is entitled Plague Hospitals: Public Health for the City in Early Modern Venice.

Dr Kathleen Vongsathorn

SONY DSCKATHLEEN VONGSATHORN is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Plank Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany. Her research interests include a broad spectrum of historical categories, including medical history, African history, the history of childhood, humanitarian history, and mission history.  More specifically, she is interested in the history of medicine in colonial Africa, and her research thus far has focused on the history of health and disease in twentieth-century Uganda. She is currently revising her thesis, completed at the University of Oxford, for publication; she has also published a number of journal articles, including ‘Gnawing Pains, Festering Ulcers, and Nightmare Suffering: Selling Leprosy as a Humanitarian Cause in the British Empire, c. 1890-1960’, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 40:5 (2012), pp. 863-878.

Dr Elma Brenner

photoelmaELMA BRENNER is a Specialist in Medieval and Early Modern Medicine at the Wellcome Library, London. She joined the Library from the History and Philosophy of Science department at the University of Cambridge, and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies at the University of Toronto, where her research interests included the history of leprosy, mental illness, hospitals and charity in medieval Western Europe, focusing on the city of Rouen, France. The post of Specialist in Medieval and Early Modern Medicine was created to increase the profile of the Wellcome Library’s important collections from these periods, and to stimulate and facilitate their use by a range of audiences, both physically and online.

INHH Secretariat:

Dr Christopher Bonfield

s200_christopher.bonfieldCHRISTOPHER BONFIELD is the Secretariat of the International Network of the History of Hospitals, and an E-Learning Resource Developer at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK. His research interests include medieval guides to health, music as a therapeutic agent and virtual 3D reconstructions of historic buildings and landscapes, most notably hospitals. His recent publications include: ‘Therapeutic Regime for Bodily Health in Medieval English Hospitals’, in Laurinda Abreu and Sally Sheard (eds), Hospital Life: Theory and Practice from the Medieval to the Modern (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013), pp. 21-48;  ‘An Online Community: A Case Study of the 3D Reconstruction and Web-Based Guide to the Great Hospital, Norwich’, in Christopher Bonfield, Jonathan Reinarz and Teresa Huguet-Termes (eds), Hospitals and Communities, 1100-1960 (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013), pp. 389-412; and ‘The Sound of Health? Liturgical Music and its Provision in Medieval English Hospitals’ and ‘Music Therapy and Medieval Medicine’, in V. Minazzi (trans. and ed.), Atlante Storico della Musica nel Medioevo (Milan, 2011). With Professor Carole Rawcliffe, he has also co-written and published a historical website of the Great Hospital, Norwich. The website contains 3D computer reconstructions, original documents (with translations), and a guide to the history of the hospital.