History of Medicine
During the past few decades the History of Medicine has emerged as a dynamic international research field, focused on investigating the production and circulation of medical knowledge in the particular cultural and social contexts in which it was embedded. This orientation is reflected in both the department's research in this area and our teaching, which strives towards a broad understanding of the history of modern medicine, the biosciences, and health care. A central and defining element of our approach is the conviction that historical research can offer important insights on challenges and issues within contemporary medical and biomedical development.
There are currently around fifteen researchers active within the History of Medicine field, including several doctoral students. Our research in this field enjoys a considerable chronological breadth, ranging from early modern pharmacology and the emergence of forensic medicine through to bioscience in the present, while encompassing diverse perspectives on topics such as interrelations between concepts of gender and health, power dimensions of public health and welfare, and the visual and material culture of medicine. A research area of particular interest in the History of Medicine currently emphasized by the department is that relating to the history of human reproduction.
(Picture: Museum Gustavianum, The Anatomical Theater. Photo: Marcus Marcetic.)
Current Research in the History of Medicine
- Anspråk och motstånd (information in Swedish)
- Brown Networks among Swedish Intellectuals during the Interwar Period and World War II
- From Facts to Identity: The Swedish AIDS Poster 1987-1994 (information in Swedish)
- Medicine at the Borders of Life: Foetal Research and the Emergence of Ethical Controversy in Sweden
- Människans metamorfos: kulturhistoriska perspektiv på ålder och den mognande kroppens politik (information in Swedish)
- The Rise of Infodemiology
- Promoting the Contraceptive Revolution: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the Age of Global Overpopulation
- Utomordentliga kroppar i naturens utkant: monster i svensk naturalhistoria, 1630-1830 (information in Swedish)