On November 1, 2023, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Redpath Museum Amphitheatre, Gordon Guyatt, MD, Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Health Research Methods, Evidence & Impact at McMaster University, will deliver the 2023 Osler Lectureship, “How evidence-based medicine has – and has not – changed the world.” Ahead of his visit, Todd Meyers, PhD, from the Department of Social Studies of Medicine, spoke with Dr. Guyatt about his pioneering work in evidence-based medicine.

In conversation with Gordon Guyatt - Health e-News

Gordon Guyatt Photo  


In 2019 the Department of Social Studies of Medicine purchased Nerve Injuries and Shock (1915) for the Osler Library in honour of Prof Allan Young’s retirement. This rare book is  part of the Oxford War Primers series of manuals medical staff working on the front lines during World War 1. Young’s own book, The Harmony of Illusions: Inventing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, published in 1995, is simultaneously a history of traumatic memory and an ethnographic account, based on the medical anthropologist's field research in a Veterans Administration psychiatric unit.   


Congratulations to our Chair Annmarie Adams who is among those named today as Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

"Trained as an architect and architectural historian, her award-winning publications, exhibitions, teaching, and activism illuminate the complex relationship of health and the built environment, and have situated Canadian hospitals at the forefront of international, architectural discourse"

For full list of winner click here 

Thomas Schlich, along with Bruno J. Strasser (Université de Genève) published an article in The Lancet about the history of washable medical masks.



Thomas Schlich  was featured in a SPIEGEL piece! He describes his journey from working as a medical historian in Germany to being hired at McGill University and living in Montreal. 





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



Call for Papers: Technology and the Patient Consumer

For more info: PDF icon call_for_papers_ssom.final_.pdf

Please send submissions with an updated CV to conf2020 [at] by the deadline of November 1, 2019, 5:00pm, EST. We will get back to you about your submission by December 20, 2019.

The Royal Society of Canada announced twelve McGill inductees in 2019 including our very own Thomas Schlich. Congratulations Thomas!

For more information : The McGill Reporter






Congratulations to Prof Alberto Cambrosio, who (along with French colleagues) has been awarded a 4-year grant from the Institut National du Cancer: INCa for 393,201 Euros. The project is ESPADON: ESPaces d’Actionnabilité des Données en ONcologie and focuses on big data in oncology. The team includes PI Pascale Bourret (Aix-Marseille Université), Jean-Philippe Cointet (Sciences Po Paris), and Madeleine Akrich (Paristech-Mines, Paris). More info






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 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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