The Department of Social Studies of Medicine is delighted to announce that medical anthropologist Dr. Sahar Sadjadi will join us as an Assistant Professor starting August 1, 2020. Dr. Sadjadi’s expertise and research will broaden our thematic scope in research and teaching, as well as contribute to the programs in McGill’s Department of Anthropology.



Nicholas King is the 2019 recipient of the EBOSS Teaching Award in Public Health. The teaching awards were presented at the EBOH Spring Banquet on April 3rd and his name will be added to the plaque of Teaching Award winners at Purvis Hall.







Congratulations to SSoM’s department chair, Adams Annmarie, whose SSHRC Insight Grant application “Encountering Maude Abbott” will get three years of funding.







The Department of Social Studies of Medicine would like to congratulate Dr. Alberto Cambrosio on being awarded a new 4-year CIHR grant entitled " Reshaping the cancer clinic: Genomics-driven clinical trials and the evanescent boundary between research and treatment” (nominated PI: Alberto Cambrosio, in collaboration with Peter Keating, Mark Basik, and Pascale Bourret)

Andrea Tone put together at TED-Ed lesson about Frances Kelsey, who was able to prevent a massive national public health tragedy by refusing to approve thalidomide. Watch it here



George Weisz presented the opening keynote address at the meeting Healthcare before Welfare States: 2nd International Workshop

Charles University, Prague, 8-9 March 2018.




The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Surgery, edited by Thomas Schlich, has been published.

This handbook covers the technical, social and cultural history of surgery. It reflects the state of the art and suggests directions for future research. Written by 26 experts from 6 countries, the chapters discuss the essential topics of the field (such as anaesthesia, wound infection, instruments, specialization), specific domains areas (for example, cancer surgery, transplants, animals, war), but also innovative themes (women, popular culture, nursing, clinical trials) and make connections to other areas of historical research (such as the history of emotions, art, architecture, colonial history). 




Congratulations to Laurie Denyer and Alina Geampana our recipients of the 2017 Margaret Lock Prize!






At Montreal's City Hall on May 16th 2017, Dr. Margaret Lock was named a Commander of the Ordre de Montréal for 2016. 


SSoM Chair Annmarie Adams was announced as the recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 2017 President's Medal for Media in Architecture







SSoM Affiliate member Noemi Tousignant  co-edited the book Traces of the Future: An Archaeology of Medicinal Science in Africa

The Lancet has published a paper on patient choice and the history of minimally invasive surgery by Thomas Schlich and Cynthia Tang. 


Thomas Schlich is giving this years’s Kocher Lecture at the 26th Bern Surgery Symposium on November 4, 2016




In November 2016, Banting Fellow Alexandra Bacopoulos-Viau will be giving an invited lecture at NYC's Weill-Cornell Medical College on "Trauma and the 'Narrative Turn': Critical Perspectives".





Professor Dr. Andrea Tone presented her talk, "Spies and lies - Cold war science, the CIA, and the case against Ewen Cameron" , for the Cutting Edge Lectures in Science at the Redpath Museum on September 15, 2016. 





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