Calls for Papers: Special Issue of Health Affairs on Racism and Health

Dear Colleagues:

Health Affairs invites you to submit an abstract for a thematic issue on Racism and Health, which we plan to publish in February 2022.

The basic submission requirements are as follows:

·         Abstracts not to exceed 500 words

·         Abstracts due May 3, 2021 (no later than 11:59 pm Eastern time)

·         Submit abstracts via our online submission system

Please see our REQUEST FOR ABSTRACTS for a list of topics of interest, and visit our FAQs page for additional submission requirements. Feel free to pass this notice along to colleagues who might be interested, as well.

Please don’t hesitate to email us if you have questions.

We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much for your consideration.


Donald E. Metz, Executive Editor, Health Affairs, 7500 Old Georgetown Rd., Suite 600, Bethesda, MD 20814, Ph. 301-347-3907,

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Call for nominations: Digital Humanities & Public History Editor BHM

Call for nominations: Digital Humanities & Public History Editor
The Bulletin of the History of Medicine is seeking nominations for a Digital Humanities & Public History Editor to manage this section of the journal, which will appear in two of the publication’s four issues per year. The Digital Humanities & Public History Editor will identify physical and online exhibits, films, and other media that would be helpful or interesting to our readers, especially those teaching the history of medicine, and solicit the appropriate scholars to write such reviews for the Bulletin. The Editors would be willing to appoint co-Editors to this section. This position is unpaid. The ideal candidate(s) will hold a PhD in the history of medicine or a related field and have expertise in digital humanities. (All nominations will be held in confidence.) Kindly send names of nominees to the editors at by May 1, 2021.

AAHM News: AAHM calls for properly archiving JAMA’s podcast on “Structural Racism for Doctors”

March 30, 2021           American Association for the History of Medicine

AAHM calls for properly archiving JAMA’s podcast on “Structural Racism for Doctors”

As scholars in the American Association for the History of Medicine, we support the sentiments expressed in the letter below by several AAHM members calling on the Journal of the American Medical Association to preserve and archive its recently aired, deeply disturbing podcast on “Structural Racism for Doctors.”

In the segment, Ed Livingston, the host and “full time editor of JAMA,” dismissed structural racism as “an unfortunate term,” insisting that people are “turned off by the whole structural racism phenomenon.” “Are there better terms we can use? Is there a better word than racism?” he asked, concluding that “personally, I think taking racism out of the conversation will help.” In light of the ignorance and dismissiveness expressed by Dr. Livingston (and following considerable public and professional outrage), the JAMA editor in chief apologized and JAMA deleted the podcast. JAMA’s editor in chief has been placed on administrative leave amid an independent investigation.

Expunging this important conversation from its website and archives, and thus erasing the full record of attitudes from the historical record, is a mistake by JAMA that should be remedied. A record of the podcast must be preserved by JAMA so that observers, scholars, and future historians looking back at 2021 will be able to analyze and learn from this unfortunate, roundly criticized, yet all-too-revealing controversy. 

-Keith Wailoo, President, AAHM and the AAHM Council


Response to the JAMA Podcast on Structural Racism 

As members of the American Association for the History of Medicine, we are acutely aware of the longstanding racist structures in American medicine that have explicitly and implicitly favored white healthcare providers and white patients. Racism in medicine and structural racism in the United States has produced a long history of health inequities that are still experienced today by Black, Latino/a, and Indigenous people. As historians of medicine we also recognize the need to preserve, document, archive, and make accessible the primary sources that are part of the historical record on racism in medicine.

A recent podcast on February 23, 2021 about structural racism, produced by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), has exposed the damaging ways that many doctors continue to ignore, downplay, perpetrate, and misunderstand racism in medicine and structural racism. We are pleased to see the pushback against the JAMA podcast by members of our organization in theBritish Medical Journal’s Medical Humanities. In response to that and more widespread criticism, the host of the podcast, JAMA Deputy Editor for Clinical Reviews and Education, Edward H. Livingstone, has resigned; JAMA Editor-in-Chief Howard Bauchner has issued a formal apology; and Bauchner hosted a hastily arranged a follow up event, a Conversation About #Racism and #StructuralRacism in Medicine & Health Care on the JAMA Network with three physicians who have extensive experience on racism and structural racism in medicine.

However, JAMA has withdrawn the original podcast and deleted it from all available platforms. JAMA has refused to either archive the episode or make it available publicly or privately upon request, which concerns us greatly.

Removing the podcast does not absolve JAMA or its parent organization, The American Medical Association, of the professional imperative to adequately address the errors in the podcast or rectify its damaging impact on ongoing efforts to dismantle structural racism in medicine. The podcast exemplifies how ignorance about structural racism and the history of the American health care system remain pervasive in the medical profession. It also revealed the consequences of privileging individual experiences and opinions about race over decades of historical knowledge, theory, and data. In its recent apology, the AMA stated that it would need to look inward. Removing the podcast risks erasing it from both the historical record and the AMA’s institutional memory, which impedes the process of self-examination, accountability, and transformation necessary to address the harms it caused. The ignorance displayed in this podcast must be archived and challenged by amplifying the history of racism in medicine. JAMA and the AMA must work collectively towards strategies for dismantling structural racism in medicine and advocate for an anti-racist pedagogy in universities, medical schools, and in the broader American health care system.

As members of the American Association for the History of Medicine, we believe that the JAMA podcast about structural racism must be preserved, archived, and made publicly accessible. Being transparent about errors and ignorance displayed in this podcast is the first step toward the accountability and education necessary for dismantling structural racism in medicine. Thus, we have provided a transcript of the podcast below. We call upon JAMA to archive the podcast episode about structural racism in their digital archive alongside the rest of their content and attach the formal apology given by Dr. Bauchner.


Jacob Steere-Williams, College of Charleston

Jaipreet Virdi, University of Delaware

Kylie M. Smith, Emory University

Elise A. Mitchell, New York University

Rana A. Hogarth, University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign

Ayah Nuriddin, Johns Hopkins University

Lauren MacIvor Thompson, Georgia State University

Christopher D. E. Willoughby, The Pennsylvania State University

Deirdre Cooper Owens, University of of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jacqueline D. Antonovich, Muhlenberg College

Graham Mooney, Johns Hopkins University

Antoine S. Johnson, University of California, San Francisco

Jim Downs, Gettysburg College

Stephen T Casper, Clarkson University

Mariola Espinosa, University of Iowa

Rebecca Kluchin, California State University, Sacramento

Janet Golden, Rutgers University

Cynthia Connolly, University of Pennsylvania

Susan Lederer, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, Columbia University

Podcast: Structural Racism for Doctors – What is it? JAMA clinical reviews 2/23/2021

Transcript by Rachel Buckle on 17th March 2021, using the verbatim format

Interviewer Ed Livingston – This is the third and final instalment of my recent interview with Dr Mitch Katz, the president and CEO of New York City Health and Hospitals. In the first two parts, that are linked to in the show-notes, we talked about COVID19 in New York and LA and racial and ethnic disparities in COVID19. In this final instalment we discuss structural racism. Going into this interview, I didn’t understand the concept. Racism is defined as the use of race to make decisions about what people can or can’t do or somehow influence their possibilities. The use of race for any sort of transactional activity was made patently illegal by the civil rights legislation passed in the 1960s. Given that racism is illegal, how can it be so embedded in society that it’s considered structural? As a child of the 60s I didn’t get it. I asked Dr Katz about this concept, what it means and what needs to be done about it. In today’s JAMA Clinical Reviews podcast we discuss structural racism for sceptics.

Intro – From the JAMA Network, this is JAMA Clinical Reviews, interviews and ideas about innovations in medicine, science and clinical practice. Here’s your host: Ed Livingston

Ed Livingston – Dr Katz, can you start by defining what structural racism is for us?

Dr Katz – Yeah, I think it’s a great question Ed. I think actually acknowledging structural racism can be helpful to us, because structural racism is not about whether someone is a racist, or whether some individual person loves other people of a different ethnicity, or doesn’t like it, it’s not about peoples personal opinions. Structural racism refers to a system in which policies or practices or how we look at people perpetuates racial inequality. So it gets people off the question of “Well, what are people talking about, I’m not racist. My neighbor’s African American, he and I go golfing every weekend, we love each other, you know I’m not racist” This is not about racism of meaning someone’s individual views. This is about how as a society we perpetuate inequality. And. You know, you raised the issue of your own background and I, you were insightful enough to mention to me that your family changed its name. We are of a similar age. I remember, you know, my own father making reservations in the name of Mr K instead of Mr Katz because of his fear that if he made a reservation in the name of Mr Katz, his name would never come up on the list. I remember him explaining that he didn’t go to law school because the feeling was that at that time they wouldn’t hire a Jewish lawyer. So, I mean the idea of bias prejudice is not a new one. It has existed in our society, ah I worked for many years in San Francisco and was horrified to learn that the history of the creation of Chinese hospital, was that the public sector in San Francisco which is now an incredibly progressive place, in the 1880s wouldn’t see Chinese Americans and viewed them as a source for disease. So, this is not a new phenomenon but what we are talking about are, how does policy prevent people from rising. So a common example outside of the health, but I think that people can understand, in almost every big city when you’re building a truck route, it isn’t through the middle-class neighborhoods, the truck route always goes through the lower income neighborhoods. And that truck route, those trucks, spew their diesel fumes and the surrounding population is more likely to be exposed to that pollution, more likely to develop asthma, more likely to then miss school because they developed asthma. In that poor section because there are our society despite the civil rights movement in many cities remains segregated, and so in certain neighborhoods the schools are not as good, the hospitals have fewer resources, so the children don’t get educated in the same way. The hospitals are not able to provide the same level of care, not cause they don’t want to, um not because the doctors aren’t every bit if not more committed to that population, since they’re choosing to work in safety net hospitals, but because the resources are not there. So, you know, I think what’s important is to that we ask ourselves we, we know that there are disparities, we recognize that the racial disparities in the US are connected to income, so what are the set of interventions? What are the sets of changes in policy that we can do? Income grants if you want people to be out of poverty, you can provide them economic assistance that enables them to not live at the level of poverty. As you and I were talking, housing can be important not just for people who are homeless, but for people who are living in sub-standard housing, we can improve those conditions to the extent, you improve the conditions then you are participating in a set of practices that decreases racial inequality instead of perpetuating it.

Ed Livingston – So the way you explain it, which is by the is a wonderful explanation, I think the term racism might be hurting us, because as I articulated my response to it is just what you and your explanation of my response is: I don’t feel I’m a racist, I grew up in a family where racism was reviled and my parents taught me never to hate based on what people’s colors are or their religion because they had suffered the most extreme violence because they were Jews, and they said ‘that’s wrong’, ‘its fundamentally wrong, you can’t do that’, so I grew up kinda anti-racist that just never ever even think about a person’s race or ethnicity when you’re when you’re evaluating them. Yet I feel like I’m being told I’m a racist in the modern era cause of this whole thing about structural racism, but what you’re talking about isn’t racism as much as that there are populations that its more of a socio-economic phenomenon that have a hard time getting out of their place because of their environment, and it isn’t their race, it isn’t their color, it’s their socio-economic status, it’s where they are. Is that a fair assessment?

Dr Katz – Yes, I mean I think I mean I the so you are not a racist, and also we are not going to end structural racism by focusing on individual people’s attitudes. We’re going to end structural racism by changing policies that keep people down, that’s how we’re going to do it. I think where it goes beyond socio-economic but still stays as a as a societal issue is that because of the countries past with slavery, because of views that people held toward the Chinese coming to San Francisco, or Mexicans coming to Los Angeles, there are biased views and that the goal should be that society should not re-inforce them. One of my co-authors tells a really funny story, Dr Louis Hart, he’s a pediatrician with us, brown skinned African American, he grew up in Canada until he was a young teenager. When he came to the US, the question that people asked him the most was what’s your ethnicity? and he answered Canadian. Because he wasn’t aware, you know, that in the US race was considered such a major part of your identity. And I, I do believe, and I think there’s good data to suggest that whatever people’s belief they cannot necessarily prevent the idea that they may react differently to a person who looks different than they do. That it happens and again JAMA has, you know, done a good job, I think of revealing ways that it happens between physicians, again I point out not just along racial grounds, it can happen every time a woman doctor is assumed to be a nurse, or called ‘honey’ or told to get a doctor into the room, but there are ways that that people see other people and if you grow up African American and the number of people see you as dangerous or in someway less-than or less likely to succeed, maybe they wish you the best, but they feel oh you won’t succeed because, you know, they’ve never met an African American doctor or they’ve never seen an African American as president until Obama, so they assume you can’t be. But all of those things have an impact on that minority person, but the big thing that we can all do is move away from trying to interrogate each other’s opinions and move to a place where we are looking at the policies of our institutions, making sure that they promote equality.

Ed Livingston – So you’re an editor at JAMA Internal medicine. I’m a full time editor at JAMA so we spend a lot of time thinking about words and what those words mean. I think using the term racism invokes uh feelings amongst people, as I just said my own feelings earlier on. That make it, that are negative and that people do have this response that we said repeatedly ‘I’m not a racist, so why are you calling me a racist’ that’s how because they respond that way, they’re turned off by the whole structural racism phenomenon. Are there better terms we can use? Is there a better word than racism?

Dr Katz – There may well be, I I don’t know it, again when I when I describe it I always try to get people to focus on the structural part of it. And to help people see that the issue is not trying to tell people how to think, which I think will always fail. And I think that one of the mistakes that good people make is thinking that we need to tell people how to think, that is not going to succeed. You cannot tell people how to think, but you can create a society that promotes equality.

Ed Livingston– So, asking you a hard question. What do we do to end structural racism? Or try to address it the best that we can

Dr Katz – We acknowledge that it exists, so, and again that’s why I make the distinction, acknowledging structural racism does not mean saying that I’m a racist. It means saying that our countries policies need to be changed. And then I think that you’re your next part would be to say ‘Ok well what would the US look like if we didn’t have structural racism. What it would look like is that we we might still have people living in poverty but they wouldn’t be disproportionally minority. We would still have people in jail, but they wouldn’t be disproportionally minority. We would still have people who lived in sub-standard housing, but they wouldn’t be disproportionally from the minority. We would at every level you would see all of the country in a equitable way. So that the proportion of doctors, an lawyers, an senators, an supreme court justices would reflect the percentages in the population because we don’t believe that it’s genetic differences. Right, we don’t believe that the disproportionate harm that’s come to African Americans and Latinos for their health is because of genetic differences. We are physicians and we know there are a few diseases, you know, whether that’s Sickle Cell or Tay-Sachs that have a genetic basis, but that is not why we believe that black and brown people have higher mortality uh in this country due to COVID and a number of other illnesses. So the world that doesn’t have structural racism is a world where everyone doesn’t grow up to be president but anyone could grow up to be president.

Ed Livingston – Structural racism is an unfortunate term to describe a very real problem. There are structural problems in our society, as Dr Katz pointed out. There are neighborhoods that are impoverished; the quality of life is poor in those areas, because we may put factories in them or have major thoroughfares that travel through them. But we strive to have a society that’s more equal. Where, everybody has the same opportunities, so that hard working people can improve those neighborhoods and make them better for the people who live there. The racism part means that in those poor areas there tends to be a disproportionate share of certain kinds of races such as blacks or Hispanics. They aren’t there because they are not allowed to buy houses in better neighborhoods, or they can’t get a job because they are black or Hispanic, that would be illegal. But, disproportionality does exist and we as a society need to figure out why that occurs and how to make conditions better for people who live in structurally undesirable circumstances. Personally I think taking racism out of the conversation would help. Many people like myself, are offended by the implication that we are somehow racist, when many of us grew up in an era when there had been racism and much progress had been made in ameliorating racism via dramatic legislation that was passed in the 1960s. I think the population at large would be more accepting of this general concept if we concentrate on the structural part of it, and ensured that all people who lived in these disadvantaged circumstances have equal opportunities to become successful and have better qualities of life. The focus must be on equal opportunity and making sure that that exists. Others at the JAMA Network have discussed this and related topics and we have linked those podcasts in the show-notes. I’d like to thank Dr Mitch Katz for talking with us today on JAMA Clinical Reviews about structural racism. This episode was produced by Daniel Morrow. Our audio team here at the JAMA Network includes Jesse McQuarters, Shelly Stephens, Maylyn Martinez from the University of Chicago, Lisa Hardin and Mike Berkwits, the deputy editor for electronic media here at the JAMA Network. I’m Ed Livingston, deputy editor for clinical reviews and education at JAMA. Thanks for listening.

Fellowships: Consortium Research Fellowships

The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine invites applications for research fellowships in the history of science, technology and medicine, broadly construed. These fellowships are open to scholars at all stages of their academic careers, and will support research travel to Consortium member institutions.

In addition to the standard support available for all researchers, scholars residing in Brazil, India and South Africa and working in medical humanities and the history of medicine are eligible for additional support, generously provided by the Wellcome Trust.

Awards will be made this summer for research to be undertaken once travel can resume.

Submit an application here.

The Consortium comprises 27 educational and cultural institutions using their exceptional resources to promote academic and public understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine.

The Consortium offers rich opportunities for research. Taken together, its collections of rare books, manuscripts and artifacts are unparalleled in historical depth and breadth. The Consortium also provides a vibrant, challenging and collegial community. Fellows participate in public and scholarly events, as well as informal reading and writing groups.

Visit our website at for further information, including an online application form and a list of current and past fellows. The website also features: information about the fellowship programs of member institutions; descriptions of the exceptional collections in the museums, archives, and libraries of the Consortium; and a Consortium-wide search hub for rare books and manuscripts.

Applications for research fellowships must be submitted online by April 15, 2021.

Fellowships: Medical Heritage Library Fellowship 2021

The Medical Heritage Library seeks a motivated fellow to assist in the continuing development of our education and outreach programs. Under the guidance of a member of our governance board, the fellow will develop curated collections or sets for the MHL website on the topic of race and equity in health and healthcare. Examples of existing primary source sets can be found on the MHL website:  These collections will be drawn from the over 300,000 items in our Internet Archive library. The curated collections provide a means for our visitors to discover the richness of MHL materials on a variety of topics relevant to the history of health and the health sciences. As part of this work, the fellow will have an opportunity to enrich metadata in MHL records in Internet Archive to support scholarship and inquiry on this topic.

This paid fellowship will be hosted virtually, with no in-person component.


  • Based on the input of MHL members and others, work on the creation of curated sets of materials drawn from MHL collections.
  • Enrich MHL metadata to highlight underrepresented topics in our Internet Archive collections.
  • Regularly create blog posts and other type of social media for posting to MHL accounts.
  • Other duties as assigned.


This virtual position is open to all qualified graduate students with a strong interest in medical or health history, with additional interests in library/information science or education. Strong communication and collaboration skills a must. Fellows are expected to learn quickly and work independently.


The fellowship will take place anytime between the end of May 2021-mid-August 2021


150 hours, over 12 weeks with a maximum of 20 hours in any given week.


$20/hour not to exceed $3000


To apply, please provide the following:

  •     Cover letter documenting interest in position
  •     Curriculum Vitae
  •     2 References- names (with positions) and emails and phone numbers of references to contact

Please submit your application materials by April 19th, 2021 through this form:

Candidate interviews will take place virtually.

Jobs: Lecturer or Teaching Specialist in the History of [Modern] Medicine, University of Minnesota

Lecturer or Teaching Specialist in the History of [Modern] Medicine
Program in the History of Medicine, University of Minnesota

Required Qualifications: Requirements for PhD in history of medicine or a related field must be completed by August 1, 2021. Job begins August 16, 2021 and ends June 30, 2022.

Preferred Qualifications: 1 to 2 years teaching experience; track record of research presentation and/or publication.

Area of Specialization: History of 19th and/or 20th century medicine.

Areas of Competence: Ability to teach undergraduate courses in the history of medicine. Candidates will be assessed according to overall academic preparation in the history of medicine, the relevance of their research to the Program in the History of Medicine’s academic priorities and the field of inquiry, evidence of commitment to teaching, and skills as a teacher.

About the Job: This search is for a temporary position as Lecturer or Teaching Specialist, dependent on the candidate’s qualifications, in the History of Medicine. The competitive salary includes full benefits. The appointee will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in Technology and Medicine in Modern America (HMED 3075) and Healthcare in History II (HMED 3002), plus one additional course, and contribute to the Program’s service to the Medical School including teaching in medical courses and a history of medicine elective for medical students. The appointee will also be expected to be an active member of the Graduate Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine and provide advice to HSTM graduate students.

How to Apply: Applicants must complete an online application using the University of Minnesota’s online employment system.

Applicants who are pursuing their PhD can apply here.

Applicants who have their PhD or will have their PhD by August 1, 2021, can apply here.

Please direct questions related to this opening to Mary Thomas,

Required Documents (submitted online): Curriculum Vitae; Cover Letter; Statement of Teaching and Research Interests; Sample publication or writing; names and contact information for three referees.

In addition to the materials submitted with the online application, candidates must be able to provide three letters of reference upon request.

Review of applications will begin March 29, 2021.
Position is open until filled.

About the Program:
The Program in the History of Medicine (HMED) at the University of Minnesota is a division of the Department of Surgery in the Medical School. It is affiliated with the Program in the History of Science and Technology (HST) in the College of Science and Engineering in the joint Graduate Program in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) and a joint undergraduate minor. The HMED program has strong connections with the College of Science and Engineering, the College of Biological Sciences, and the College of Liberal Arts. The HSTM program offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees and teaches undergraduate students from across the University. For further information, please visit the Graduate Program in HSTM website at

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. We are fully committed to a culturally and intellectually diverse faculty and candidates who will further expand that diversity are particularly encouraged to apply.

Calls for Papers: Social Histories of Disease, Medicine, and Healing in the Modern ME/NA

Call for Chapters for inclusion in an edited volume on

“Social Histories of Disease, Medicine, and Healing in the Modern Middle East & North Africa”

What can the study of disease, medicine, healing, and public health in the Middle East and North Africa since 1750 reveal about the region’s history?

Editors: Stephanie Anne Boyle, New York City College of Technology (CUNY) & Christopher S. Rose, independent scholar, Austin, TX.

Deadline: June 1, 2021

Temporal and Geographic Coverage:

“Modern” here refers to the period from the mid-18th century to the present.

“Middle East & North Africa” encompasses the Arab World (including the Maghreb), Iran, Israel and its antecedents, and Turkey and its antecedents.

We are also open to the inclusion of other geographic contexts that are related to the ME/NA, such as the Ottoman Aegean & Cyprus, Egyptian and Anglo-Egyptian Equatoriana, Omani East Africa, etc. Please contact us to discuss.

We are soliciting abstracts for inclusion in an edited volume about the social histories of medicine, disease, and health/healing practices in the modern Middle East. This volume will illustrate how the study of medicine, disease, and healing reveal new aspects of the region’s history during the era prior to and during European imperialism, and during the era of 20th century state-building and decolonization. This is a period whose histories have traditionally described social and political history and are, therefore, primarily focused on elites and notables.

In recent decades there have been several excellent monographs and volumes on the history of medicine, health, disease, and healing, which have demonstrated the possibilities of using this history as a lens for social history, particularly when it comes to providing glimpses into the lives of rural peasants and the urban poor; the importance of public health as legitimation and justification for state-building projects; as a tool both of imperialism and against it; and in the formation of collective identities at all strata.

We seek to bring historians of medicine and science, social historians, cultural historians, and political historians whose work touches on public health, disease, and medicine into conversation with one another. We also want to bring historians who work on different parts of the Middle East and North Africa together to identify transnational trends and highlight issues that span the borders of modern nation-states.

Submissions can, for example:

* Illustrate the means of transmission and reception of “European” pathologic anatomical medicine into the MENA region; especially those that complicate the binary “modern European medicine vs traditional folk / Islamic-Galenic / Prophetic medicine” narrative by demonstrating interplay / antagonism / syncretism.
* Provide new perspectives on historical events in the region that have been gleaned through the study of medicine and healing practices;
* Add to our understanding of international efforts to deal with the spread of pandemics and epidemics by illustrating how parties in the MENA region responded;
* Help flush out our understanding of major pandemic and epidemic events during the era by illustrating their geographic progression through and impact on parts of the MENA region;
* Elucidate the realities and perceptions of religious festivals (especially local/sub-regional, i.e., other than the Hajj) as potential vectors for disease transmission.
* Explore the intersections between medicine and migration (i.e., forced migration to seek medical practices, or the role that migration has played in spreading communicable disease)
* Illuminate the intersections of war and disease, and/or famine and disease.
* Examine the politics of sex work and public health.

This is by no means a comprehensive listing of all possible topics. Please contact the editors if you have questions.

Submissions from Ph.D. candidates (ABD) are welcome, as are submissions from scholars outside the United States (especially those working in the MENA itself).

Abstracts of 500-750 words (not including notes/bibliography) and a short (~100 word) biography should be sent as PDF, Word document (doc or docx), or Google doc to by June 1, 2021. Communication will be in English.

Authors will be notified of their status by June 15, 2021, with first-round submission of the chapter expected by September 1, 2021. Chapters should be between 6,500-8,000 words in length (including abstract and notes).

We are committed to a quick timeline. A major university press in the U.S. has expressed interest in reviewing the project for publication.

Contact the editors with any questions at:

More info:

AAHM News: Dan David 2021 Laureates

Congratulations to AAHM President Keith Wailoo and historians of medicine and sciences Katharine Park and Alison Bashford for being named 2021 Dan David Prize Laureates!

From the Press Release: Tel Aviv – The Dan David Prize announced on Monday (Feb. 15, 2021) that medical historians Alison Bashford, Katharine Park, and Keith Wailoo are among the recipients of the distinguished 2021 award, reflecting the worldwide desire to understand and combat the COVID-19 pandemic and improve global health.

The three accomplished historians share a prize of $1 million for their work in the field of History of Health and Medicine (Past category). They join the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Dr. Anthony Fauci, who won the prize in the field of Public Health (Present category), and anti-cancer immunotherapy pioneers Prof. Zelig EshharProf. Carl June, and Dr. Steven Rosenberg, who won in the field of Molecular Medicine (Future category).

In choosing the field of History of Health and Medicine for the prizethe Dan David Board commented that “the nominations for the 2021 Dan David Prize embody the most significant developments and shifts in our field over the past few decades: the use of gender as an analytic tool; consideration of race and ethnicity; and the expansion of the field geographically and chronologically. Influential work in our field is now as likely to be centered in the Global South, or in the Middle Ages, as in nineteenth-century Paris or twentieth-century Baltimore.”

The internationally renowned prize, headquartered at Tel Aviv University, annually honors outstanding contributions of globally inspiring individuals and organizations that expand knowledge of the past, enrich society in the present, and promise to improve the future of our world. The Prize awards three gifts of $1 million, shared among the winners of each category. The total purse of $3 million makes the Dan David Prize one of the highest-valued awards internationally.

The seven laureates will be honored at the 2021 Dan David Prize Award Ceremony, to be held in an  special online event in May 2021.

Conferences: Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine

The inaugural Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (JAS-EASTM) will be held virtually on April 16-17 by Johns Hopkins University. Registration is free and open to all.

Beginning with a plenary lecture by Marta Hanson, this conference will feature four panels:

  • Public Health
  • Infrastructure
  • System of Knowledge—Technological
  • System of Knowledge—Medical

The panels will be round tables based on pre-circulated papers that will be posted on the JAS-EASTM website two weeks prior to the conference. The papers will only be accessible to registered conference participants and will be open to comments. For more details and the preliminary schedule, please visit

To gain access to pre-circulated papers, Zoom links for panels, and Gather Town receptions, please register on the website.

JAS-EASTM seeks to inspire a tradition of collegiality across the eastern seaboard, including the Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada. The goal of the seminar is to bring together scholars at various stages of their careers working on an array of topics related to the history of science, technology, and medicine in East Asia. JAS-EASTM will provide a friendly setting for scholars to engage with each other’s work and receive supportive feedback. The 1st JAS-EASTM is co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins University’s History of Science and Technology Department, History of Medicine Department, and the Program for East Asian Studies.

Congratulations to the 2020 AAHM Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2020 AAHM award winners announced at the Associations’ virtual business meeting on May 9, 2020.

William Osler Medal: Daniel Huang of Queens University  School of Medicine for his paper, “Cyber Solace: Historicizing an Online Forum for Depression 1990-1999.”

Richard H. Shryock Medal Honorable Mention: Brad Bolman of Harvard University for his essay, “In the Animal House: Salvage, Rabies, and Labor in Birmingham”

Richard H. Shryock Medal Honorable Mention: Sara Ray of the University of Pennsylvania for her paper, “Origin Stories: Mothers, Midwives, and Monstrous Births”

Richard H. Shryock Medal: Emer Lucey of the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her essay,“Beauty and Joy: The Aesthetics of Autism and Down Syndrome”

Fielding H. Garrison Lecturer for 2021: Janet L. Golden, Professor Emerita Rutgers University

J. Worth Estes Prize: Sabrina Minuzzi for her article, “‘Quick to say Quack’ Medicinal Secrets from the Household to the Apothecary’s Shop in Eighteenth-century Venice,” in Social History of Medicine.

Jack D. Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Development Award in 20th Century History of Medicine or Biomedical Sciences Award: Dr. Wangui Muigai Assistant Professor at Brandeis University to support her Book Project, “Infant Death in the Black Experience”

George Rosen Prize: Guillaume Lachenal for his bookThe Lomidine Files: The Untold Story of a Medical Disaster published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

William H. Welch Medal: Nicole Barnes for her book Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937-1945 published by the University of California Press.

Genevieve Miller Lifetime Achievement Award: Theodore M. Brown

Congratulations to all our winners.