George Weisz

Professor, Cotton-Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine

george.weisz [at] | 514-398-6274 | 3647 Peel, room 201  

George Weisz received a PhD in History from Stony Brook University and in Sociology from the University of Paris 5 (Descartes). He has written four books, edited five others and published numerous historical articles on such varied subjects as mineral waters, national differences in gynecological practices, clinical practice guidelines, and medical quantification. He has been a Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), the Université de Paris 1 (Sorbonne), and INSERM (Paris).

Research Interests:

He is interested in healthcare in Europe and North America between the 19th and 21st centuries and is currently working on the history of institutions of global health, of national and international efforts to organize primary care, the sciences of sexuality, and trends in medical education.

Selected Publications:


"The World Health Organization and the global standardization of medical training, a history,"  Globalization and Health 17, 96 (2021). 

Medical Authority,” in A Cultural History of Medicine in the Modern Age, Ed. Todd Meyers, London: Bloomsbury Academic 2020 forthcoming.

George Weisz, “Leprosy: An Early Exemplar of the Transformation of 20th Century American Medicine”, American Journal of Public Health 108, no. 2 (February 1, 2018): pp. 160-161.

International-Health Research and the Emergence of Global Health in the late 20th Century (Bulletin of the History of Medicine 93, 3, 2019)

Chronic Disease in the Twentieth Century: A History (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).

Divide and Conquer: A Comparative History of Medical Specialization, 1830-1950 (Oxford University Press, 2006)

Editor (With Chris Lawrence), Greater than the Parts: Holism in Biomedicine 1920-1950 (Oxford University Press, 1998).

With Alberto Cambrosio and Jean-Philippe Cointet), “Mapping Global Health: A network analysis of a heterogeneous publication domain,” BioSocieties 12(4), 2017: 520-542.

Courses Given:

History 249-Health and the Healer in Western Society

History 457- Topics in the History of Medicine

History 558, 559: Research Seminar in Medical History (2017-18: The History of Global Health in the 20th Century)

INDS 426 Putting it All Together: Basic Science, Medicine & Society

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