MemberAmy Rubens

I have research and teaching interests in the medical humanities, particularly scenes of contagious disease in American and African American literature from 1870-1940. In addition, I research and write about memoir, professional writing, and writing in digital environments. I’m a former contributing author for GradHacker and am the designer/administrator for my departmental website and blog.In my spare time, I blog at my own site, hike, backpack, and care for two dogs and two cats.

MemberTiffany DeRewal

Ph.D. Candidate in English at Temple University (18th-19th c. American Literature and Medical Humanities) and Writing Instructor at Rowan University I am pursuing a PhD in English literature at Temple University. My dissertation, “The Resurrection and the Knife: Protestantism, Nationalism, and the Invention of the Cadaver During the Rise of American Medicine” focuses on the intersection between gothic fiction, medical historiography, and religious ideology in the early American republic, with particular attention to the cadaver as it is created in cultural, medical, and spiritual discourse. This research unites my interests in the social history of medicine and the dynamics of the religious imagination in the 18th and 19th century United States. Research Interests: 19th c. American literature, literature and history in the early American republic, the medical humanities, gothic literature, spirituality and science Teaching Interests: writing across disciplines, writing with technology, digital research methods and pedagogy

MemberTana Jean Welch

Tana Jean Welch is a poet and scholar of contemporary American poetry. She received her Ph.D. in Literature from Florida State University in 2013, specializing in medical humanities, American poetry and poetics, multiethnic literature, posthumanism, new materialism, and gender theory. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine where she teaches courses in literature, writing, and humanities and serves as the managing editor for HEAL: Humanism Evolving through Arts and Literature. Her critical work has been published in MELUSThe Journal of Ecocriticism, and Academic Medicine. Her poetry has been published in The Southern ReviewPrairie SchoonerThe Gettysburg Review, and other national literary journals. Her first collection of poetry, Latest Volcano, was the winner of the 2015 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize.

DepositPlanning for an Innovative Partnership: the Medical Heritage Digital Collaborative

The Medical Heritage Digital Collaborative (MHDC) is a partnership of nine institutions striving to connect history of medicine collections in an open access digital environment. This distinguished group of institutions possesses a wealth of physicians’ papers, correspondence, institutional records, books, and images integral to understanding the history and social context of western medicine. These collections have been geographically and technologically isolated from one another, which has presented significant obstacles for researchers in the study of the medical humanities. Digitally linking collections across institutions will increase efficiency in discovery and expand access to under-utilized materials. The proposed planning project will build on the Medical Heritage Library, funded by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to create a partnership model for engaging scholars in a multi-institutional collaboration.

DepositWomen’s Ageing as Disease

In the medical humanities, there has been a growing interest in diagnosing disease in fictional characters, particularly with the idea that characters in Charles Dickens’s novels may be suffering from diseases recognised today. However, an area that deserves greater attention is the representation of women’s ageing as disease in Victorian literature and medical narratives. Even as Victorian doctors were trying to cure age-related illnesses, they continued to employ classical notions of unhealthy female ageing. For all his interest in medical matters, the novelist Charles Dickens wrote about old women in a similar vein. Using close reading to analyse Victorian gerontology alongside Charles Dickens’s novels Dombey and Son (1848) and Great Expectations (1861), this article examines narratives of female ageing as disease. It concludes by pointing to the ways that Victorian gerontology impacts on how we view women’s ageing as ‘diseased’ today.

MemberBrandy Schillace

I am a medical humanist and historian as well as a literary scholar of the long eighteenth-century. I have worked as a tenure-track assistant professor, but am presently pursuing an Altac career. I received my PhD in English from Case Western Reserve University in 2010, and my research (from the dissertation to my present projects) investigates the boundaries between literature and medicine from a historical/materialist perspective. Recent works consider women’s education, neurological dysfunction and medical artifacts like the “birthing machine.” Similarly, my monograph, A Subject Dark and Intricate, explores the proliferation of neurological and reproductive sciences at the naissance of Gothic literature in the late 1700s (the “other” fin de siècle). I also serve as managing editor for Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, an international journal of cross-cultural health research. In the past five years, the journal has expanded to include illness narratives, cultural case studies and more—resulting in our present #1 ranking. In 2013, I will be guest editing the journal’s first medical humanities special section, Trauma, Disability and Embodied Discourse through Cross-cultural Narrative Modes.

MemberJune Oh

June Oh is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at Michigan State University. Her research interests lie in age studies, 18th-century British literature, medical humanities, gender and sexuality, and disability studies. Her work particularly focuses on the relationship between the aging mind and body and how the science engages with the notion of growing old.  She is currently working on a DH project, “Mapping of Monsters in Literature”, in which she uses ArcGIS to investigate how the gender of a monster affects its spatial representation.

MemberJennifer Wallis

…Medical Humanities Teaching Fellow/Sessional Lecturer in History of Science and Medicine…
…‘Putting mental illness under the microscope in the nineteenth century‘, Microbiologist, 19 (Jun. 2018): 18-21.

—, ‘Bloody technology: The sphygmograph in asylum practice‘, History of Psychiatry, 28 (Sept. 2017): 297-310.

—, ‘In the shadow of the asylum: The Stanley Royd Salmonella outbreak of 1984‘, BMJ Medical Humanities, 42 (Mar. 2016): 11-16.

—, ‘Tracing the sphygmograph in Victorian asylum practice’, Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society, 124 (Mar. 2015): 25-28.

—, ‘The bones of the insane‘, History of Psychiatry, 24 (Jun. 2013): 196-211.

Book reviews

Jennifer Wallis, ‘Jonathan Sadowsky, Elec…

I am a historian of medicine and psychiatry, currently teaching the history of medicine and medical humanities at Imperial College London. Prior to that I was a fixed-term Lecturer in Cultural and Intellectual History at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), and before that a postdoctoral researcher on the Diseases of Modern Life project at the University of Oxford. Alongside my work in the history of medicine, I write (usually in a non-academic context) on film and music. Much of my recent academic research explores connections between bodies, environments, and medical technologies. At present I am working on the history of post-mortem investigation – particularly experiments into resuscitation techniques in the late nineteenth century – and also expanding upon previous work about post-mortem examination in the history of psychiatry.