Past Shryock Medal Winners

The medal honors Richard Harrison Shryock (1893–1972), a pioneer among historians interested in the history of medicine. It was first awarded in 1984.

2021–Gina Surita, Princeton University Department of History, “Gendered Hormonal Binaries and the Development of the Concept of Hormone-Dependent Cancers, 1940-1990.”

2020–Emer Lucey, University of Wisconsin-Madison,“Beauty and Joy: The Aesthetics of Autism and Down Syndrome”; Honorable mention: Brad Bolman, Harvard University, “In the Animal House: Salvage, Rabies, and Labor in Birmingham”; Honorable mention: Sara Ray, University of Pennsylvania, “Origin Stories: Mothers, Midwives, and Monstrous Births”

2019–Kevin George McQueeney, Department of History, Georgetown University, “The City That Care Forgot: The Long Civil Rights Struggle Over African American Health and the Perpetuation of Apartheid Healthcare in Twentieth Century New Orleans”; Honorable mention: Spencer J. Weinreich, Department of History, Princeton University, “Legal and Medical Authority in the Newgate Smallpox Experiment (1721)”

2018–Margaret Vigil-Fowler (University of California, San Francisco)
“More Than Icons: A Granular Approach to Exposing the Hidden History of African American Students at the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania”
Honorable Mention: Annelie Drakman (Uppsula University)
“The Closing of the Open Body: A Rationale for the Nineteenth-Century Avandonment of Bloodletting”

2017–Wangui Muigai  (Princeton University)
All My Babies: Black Midwifery and Health Training Films in the 1950s”
First honorable mention: Vicki (Fama) Daniel (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
“Medical Identification and the Emergence of a Forensic Paradigm at the 1949 Noronic Disaster”
Second honorable mention: Elaine La Fay (University of Pennsylvania) “‘The slandered torrid zone’: Medicine, Botany, and Imperial Visions of the American Tropics along the US Gulf Coast, 1820-1840″

2016–Marco A. Ramos (Yale University)
“Making Disappearance Visible: Medical Humanitarian Research on State Violence in Argentina, 1976 to 1983”
Honorable Mention: Travis A. Weisse (University of Wisconsin at Madison)
“’A Farewell to Chitterlings’: Alvenia Fulton, Natural Health Foods, and the Civil Rights Movement”

2015–Marissa Mika, (University of Pennsylvania),
“Surviving Experiments: Burkitt’s Lymphoma Research in Idi Amin’s Uganda”
Honorable Mention: Cara Kiernan Fallon, (Harvard University),
“Husbands’ Hearts and Women’s Health: Gender and Heart Disease in Twentieth-Century America”

2014–Mary Augusta Brazelton, (Yale University),
“Peking Union Medical College and the Politics of Medical Education in the Early People’s Republic of China, 1949-56.”

2013–Alicia Puglionesi (Johns Hopkins University),
“‘Your Whole Effort Has Been to Create Desire’: Reproducing Knowledge and Evading Censorship in the Nineteenth‐Century Subscription Press”
Honorable Mention: Vicki Daniel (University of Wisconsin),
“Heroes and Villians: Displaying and Viewing Bodies at the United States Army Medical Museum, 1862–1888”

2012–Evan Ragland (Indiana University),
“Making Trials in Sixteenth Century Medicine: On the History of Experimentation from Early Modern Medicine to Science”

2011–Daniel Trambaiolo (Princeton University),
“Vaccination and the Politics of Medical Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Japan”

2010—Carin Berkowitz (University of Pennsylvania)
“The Aesthetics of Anatomy: Visual Displays and Surgical Education in Early Nineteenth-Century London”

2009–Andrew T. Simpson (Carnegie Mellon University),
“Transporting Lazarus: EMS Policy Making and Professionalization, 1966-1973”
Honorable Mention: Katja Guenther (Harvard University)
“A Federation of Nerves—Metaphors of the Nervous System in Imperial German Neuroscience”
Honorable Mention: Julia F. Irwin (Yale University),
“Nurses without Borders: Health, Medicine, and the Structure of American Global Power”

2008–Stephen E. Mawdsley (University of Alberta),
“Polio and Prejudice: Charles Hudson Bynum and the Racial Politics of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1944-1954.”

2007–Dea H. Boster (University of Michigan),
“An ‘epeleptick’ Bondswoman: Fits, Slavery, and Power in the Antebellum South”
Honorable mention: Jennifer Clark (Harvard University),
“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”

2006–Darcy Hughes Heuring (Northwestern University),
“All tainted as they are: Wet Nurses, Medical Men and Social Reform in Victorian Britain, 1858-1872.”
Honorable mention: Matthew Gambino (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), “Voice of the Patients: Mental Illness, Institutional Newspapers and Patient Life at St Elizabeth’s Hospital (Washington, DC) in the Twentieth Century”

2005–Alisha Rankin (Harvard University),
“Duchess, Heal Thyself: Recipes, Physicians, and the Diseases of Elisabeth of Rochlitz (1502-57)”
Honorable mention: Andrew Ray Ruis (University of Wisconsin)
“Bringing the Laboratory to the Street: The Bacteriological Diagnosis of Diphtheria in Late Nineteenth-Century New York”
Honorable Mention: Miriam Gross (University of California, San Diego)
“Healthy Children, Mighty Nation: Synthesizing Western and Chinese Medicine in Late Qing Health and Morality Books”

2004–Jeremy Greene (Harvard University),
“Releasing the Flood Waters: Diuril and the Reshaping of Hypertension”
Honorable mention: David G. Schuster (University of California, Santa Barbara),
“Personalizing illness in the shadow of modernity: S. Weir Mitchell, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Amelia Gere Mason, and a Reassessment of Neurasthenia, 1870-1914”

2003–Kevin T. Grau (Indiana University),
“‘A peculiar and domestic Scourge to our English infants’’: English medicine and the representation of rickets”
Honorable Mention: Gerard J. Fitzgerald (Carnegie Mellon University),
“The Bugaboo of Bugville: the Westinghouse sterilamp and the technological challenge of airborne disease, 1930-1947”
Honorable Mention: Gretchen Krueger (Yale University),
“’Death be not proud’: children, families, and cancer in postwar America”

2002–Amir Afkhami (Yale University),
“Infection, Jihad and Achieving the Virtues of Civilization: The Social Impact of the 1889-1892 Cholera and Influenza Epidemics in Iran.”
Honorable Mention: David Herzberg (University of Wisconsin-Madison),
“Wonder Drugs or Controlled Substances?: Theories of Addiction and Minor Tranquilizers in America, 1955-1975”
Honorable Mention: Sabine Marx (Carnegie Mellon University),
“The Rise of Scientific Medicine? Doctors, Patients and the State in Germany, 1880-1914”

2001–Lara Freidenfelds (Harvard University),
“Henry Knowles Beecher’s ‘Ethics and Clinical Research’”
Honorable Mention: Carole Emberton (Northwestern University),
“To produce an A1 nation: the frontier nursing service, women’s health, and the problem of the South, 1920-1930”
2000–No award

1999–Karen Kruse Thomas (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill),
“Yelling ‘Socialized medicine’: race, national health policy, and the medical profession in North Carolina, 1940-1945”
Honorable mention: Arthur Daemmerich (Cornell University),
“A tale of two experts: thalidomide and political engagement in the United States and West Germany”
1998–Erika Wojcuik (Princeton University)

1997–Victoria Sweet (University of California, San Franscisco),
“Re-reading medieval medicine: Hildegard of Bingen and the greening of the Middle Ages”
Honorable Mention: Rachel I Rosner (York University, Ontario; and Harvard University),
“The mind-body problem in German medicine, 1890-1910”

1996–Ronald Rudy Higgens-Evenson (University of Oregon)

1996–Ronald Rudy Higgens-Evenson (University of Oregon)

1995–Alexandra M. Lord (University of Wisconsin)

1994–Walton O. Schalick, III (Johns Hopkins University),
“Add one part pharmacy to one part surgery and one part medicine: Jean de Saint-Amand and the development of medical pharmacology in late thirteenth-century Paris”
Honorable Mention: Walter J. Vanast (University of Wisconsin),
“Our girls have left us for the better land: the relationship of mission policy to tuberculosis mortality at a northern Canadian Indian boarding school, 1924-25”

1993–Elizabeth Haiken (University of California, Berkeley)
Honorable Mention: Caroline J. Acker (University of California, San Francisco),
“The addict and the psychiatrist: Lawrence Kolb and the psychiatric theory of addiction”
Honorable Mention: Alice Domurat Dreger (Indiana University),
“Doubtful sex and doubtful status: hermaphrodites and doctors in Victorian England”

1992–Barron H. Lerner (University of Washington)
1991–David S. Barnes (University of California, Berkeley)
Honorable Mention: Margaret L. Grimshaw (San Diego State University)

1990–Paul Niermann (Temple University)
Honorable Mention: Keith Wailoo (University of Pennsylvania)

1989–Louise Breen (University of Connecticut),
“Cotton Mather, the ‘Angelical Ministry,’ and inoculation”
Honorable Mention: Kristie Lindenmeyer Dick (University of Cincinnati),
“Physicians and birth control: a Cincinnati episode, 1924-1931”

1988–Steven Robert Wilf (Yale University),
“Anatomy and Punishment in late eighteenth-century New York”
Honorable Mention: Carol Summers (Johns Hopkins University),
“Medical Evangelism: the Church Missionary Society in Buganda, 1878-1905”

1987–Shigehisa Kuriyama (University of New Hampshire),
“Rethinking the history of anatomy: the origins of Greek dissection”
Honorable Mention: Patricia A. Watson (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine),
“The influence of iatrochemistry on the preacher-physicians of Puritan New England”
Honorable Mention: Micaela Sullivan-Fowler (Loyola University),
“Tyrell’s ‘Internal Baths’: the enema, autointoxication, and quackery in the early twentieth century”

1986–Sheila M. Penney (Dalhousie University),
“Nova Scotia, 1900-1914: a case study of the sanatorium solution to tuberculosis”

1985–Jack D. Pressman (University of Pennsylvania),
“Sufficient promise: John F. Fulton and the development of psychosurgery”

1984–John Harley Warner (Harvard University)
“The selective transport of medical knowledge: antebellum American physicians and Parisian medical therapeutics”