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 Fritz Dross

Photo of Professor Friz DrossFritz Dross is an assistant professor for the History of Medicine at the Institute for the History of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg in Erlangen, Germany. His first book on the history of hospitals was Krankenhaus und lokale Politik. Das Beispiel Düsseldorf 1770-1850 (2004). Research topics include the history of hospitals and urban health services in Early Modern Germany. He recently published the history of German gynecologic societies in the 20th century. Since 2014 he has been president of the German Association for the History of Hospitals (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Krankenhausgeschichte ) and co-editor of Historia Hospitalium.

Dr Jane Stevens Crawshaw

Dr Jane Stevens CrawshawJANE STEVENS CRAWSHAW is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History at Oxford Brookes University. Her research interests bridge the social, medical and environmental history of early modern Italy. Her first book was entitled: Plague Hospitals: Public Health for the City in Early Modern Venice (2012). Her current project is a comparative study of environmental management in Renaissance Genoa and 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.

Dr Anna M PEterson

Dr Anna PetersonANNA M. PETERSON is an independent researcher and adjunct at the Centro de Idiomas at the Universidad Europea Miguel de Cervantes (Valladolid, Spain). In 2017, she was awarded her PhD in medieval history from the University of St Andrews. Her thesis, ‘A Comparative Study of the Hospitals and Leprosaria in Narbonne, France and Siena, Italy (1080-1348),’ analysed the development of assistive institutions in these cities, focusing on their relationship with religious and secular bodies as well as responses to corruption. She was awarded a Mellon Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto) from 2018-2019. She is also the co-founder of ‘Leprosy and the ‘Leper’ Reconsidered.’

Dr. Peterson’s research focuses on corruption and accountability in hospitals and leprosaria, especially in southwestern Europe, and the healthscaping policies of religious and secular authorities. Additionally, she also studies on the social and cultural perceptions of leprosy and its sufferers in the Middle Ages. She is currently a working member for the project ‘Hermenéutica del Cuerpo Visible: Conceptualizaciones y Prácticas en la Medicina Medieval de Tradición Latina/Hermeneutics of the Visible Body: Conceptualisations and Practices in Medieval Medicine in the Latin Tradition’(VisibleBodyMed) (PID2019-107671GB-I00), with Prof. Montserrat Cabré (Universidade de Cantabria).