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History Health & Healing meeting: Medical biographies – 8 March 2024

Dear members of the History Health & Healing network,

We are delighted to share with you the programme of our HHH March meeting, on the theme “Medical biography: A contested genre?“. Biography is sometimes seen as the relic of an older big-man style of history. Yet it also appears as a rich medium to tell the stories of historical actors, be they humans, objects, or diseases. So, what can biographies and their specific methodologies bring to the history of medicine?

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Carolyn Eastman, Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of the United States’ First Forgotten Celebrity (OI / UNC Press, 2021). After the keynote lecture, participants will have the choice between several workshops on different aspects of medical biographies, such as finding primary sources, writing biographies of doctors and of diseases, and reflecting on biography’s role in history writing.

During the meeting, we will also announce the winner of the Antonie Luyendijk-Elshout Early Career Impact Award, which rewards an excellent translation of academic research into public outreach. Applications are open until February 15, so do not hesitate to apply or to circulate the award call!

To read the full programme, you can visit this post on the HHH website, or simply scroll down this email. As always, participation is free, so don’t hesitate to register by sending an email to

Date and time: Friday March 8, 2024, ca. 13.00-17.00
Venue: Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam

We hope to see you on March 8 in Amsterdam!
Best wishes from the HHH board,

Gemma Blok, Timo Bolt, Rina Knoeff, Manon Parry and Chiara Lacroix