MedHum Mondays: Blogs you should be following

DailyDose_PosterWelcome back to MedHum Mondays on the Daily Dose! Today will be the third installment of our blog promotion; starting next week we will expand to include new books in medical humanities and other news and updates. Have something you would like to see featured here? Let us know!


imagesChirurgeon’s Apprentice

Surgeons are amongst the highest paid professionals in the medical world today. They are the ‘miracle-workers’ of the 21st century, capable of saving and transforming the lives of their patients.

Nevertheless, the place of the surgeon amongst today’s medical elite was not always guaranteed. At the beginning of the 17th century, ‘chirurgeons’ [surgeons] were closely related to barbers and other craftsmen who learned their trade through apprenticeships. After the Restoration, however, chirurgeons broke from their medieval role and began participating in important medical debates. Their advocacy of ‘practical’ medicine and experimentation distinguished them from their university-educated counterparts, the physicians, and helped elevate their role in the medical marketplace.

This website, developed by the talented Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris, is dedicated to a study of early modern chirurgeons, and all the blood and gore that comes with it.

tumblr_inline_mpq0l8QU4J1qz4rgpGeorgian London

Okay, so it may seem a stretch to include a blog on the history if the 18th century as medical Humanities…but as with the Chirurgeon’s Apprentice, this blog features the story of the past and all its (occasionally frightening) intersections with medicine. I myself am a historian of the 18th century, and one of the things I enjoy about this period is its freedom from categorical boundaries. Everything is everything in the era before distinct professionalization of science and medicine, a time when philosophy and literature were not yet estranged from the sciences.

Developed by Lucy Inglis (also the author of a book by the same title) this blog is the largest body of study on eighteenth century London freely available online.  It’s ‘award-winning’ – in January 2010 it won an unprecedented two Cliopatrias in the US History News Network’s Awards and is used as a secondary source by students from institutions such as King’s College London, University College London and Christie’s.  It has featured in The Times, the Guardian and Time Out.

cropped-author-photo2The Not So Innocents Abroad

This blog is dedicated to “Historical Ramblings on Sex, Food, and Other Bodily Pleasures, in Paris, Capri, and Beyond.” Like the two above, its focus is largely historical, but nothing proves a better mirror for the present than the (sometimes saucy) past. Rachel Hope Cleves is a history professor at the University of Victoria, and she brings the past to life with clarity and relevance. Here is a recent post (that appeared also on Nursing Clio) about the history of same-sex marriage.

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