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Thomas Schlich

Image by Photograph Owen Egan.
James McGill Professor in the History of Medicine

thomas.schlich [at] | 3647 Peel, room 211

Thomas Schlich went to medical school in Marburg, Germany, where he subsequently worked as a resident in internal medicine at the University Hospital. He had various research and teaching positions in the history of medicine in Cambridge, England, Stuttgart, Germany, and Freiburg, Germany.  He was awarded a Heisenberg Fellowship of the German Research Council (DFG) (2000-2002). In 2002, he moved to McGill where he has held a Canada Research Chair (2002-2012), and since 2012 a James McGill Professorship. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 2019.

Research Interests:

He is interested in the history of modern medicine and science (18th-21st centuries), medicine and technology, history of medical innovation, body history, with a special focus on the history of modern surgery (1800 to the present time).

Selected Publications:

Thomas Schlich (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Surgery, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Thomas Schlich and Audrey Hasegawa, “Order and Cleanliness: The Gendered Role of Operating Room Nurses in the United States (1870s-1930s)”, Social History of Medicine 30 (2017), online

Thomas Schlich, “’One and the Same the World Over’ - The International Culture of Surgical Exchange in an Age of Globalization, 1870-1914”, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 71 (2016), 247-270.

Cynthia Tang and Thomas Schlich, “Surgical Innovation and the Multiple Meanings of Randomized Controlled Trials: The first RCT on Minimally Invasive Cholecystectomy (1980-2000)”, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 71 (2016), online.

Thomas Schlich: Surgery, Science and Industry: A Revolution in Fracture Care, 1950s-1990s, Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave 2002.

Thomas Schlich: The Origins of Organ Transplantation: Surgery and Laboratory Science, 1880s-1930s, Rochester, NY: The University of Rochester Press 2010.

Courses Given (selected):

Hist 249 “Health and the Healer in Western History”

Hist-257 Topics in Medical History 

Hist-458 002 Seminar Modern Medicine

Hist-640 Graduate Seminar Modern Medicine

INDS-406 “Medicine and Society”

INDS 123 Research Fundamentals

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