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Historia Medicinae ISSN: 1946-3316

HM is NOT accepting manuscripts for submission

posted Aug 9, 2016, 1:58 PM by Historia Medicinae Editor   [ updated Aug 9, 2016, 2:14 PM ]

Dear HM Readers,

We want to inform you HM is undergoing a few structural changes that may impact the longevity of the site and the content that is published. Considering this, we will not be accepting manuscripts for submission at this time.

Thank you for continually supporting HM!

Kristina Williams
Editor-in-Chief, HM

Summer 2015 Issue Released!

posted Aug 23, 2015, 9:28 AM by Historia Medicinae Editor   [ updated Aug 9, 2016, 2:15 PM ]

Dear HM Readers,

We are thrilled to announce that the Summer 2015 issue of Historia Medicinae is now available. The articles selected explore the relationship between scientific investigation and culture within two historical periods.  In the first article, written by Basil Kahwash at the Indiana University School of Medicine, we learn how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery fiction was largely inspired and influenced not only by his experiences as a physician, but also by the growth of medical and scientific inquiry in Britain during the nineteenth century. In the second article, written by Vanessa Schmitt at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil  we discover how the anatomical work of Andreas Vesalius shaped Renaissance anthropocentric thought. Although brief, these manuscripts are quite interesting. We hope you enjoy them!


Kristina Williams

Editor-in-Chief, HM

Call for Submissions

posted Apr 14, 2015, 9:25 AM by Historia Medicinae Editor   [ updated Apr 14, 2015, 9:27 AM ]

HM is now accepting submissions for its summer issue. Topics should be related to the fields of history of medicine and science. Graduate students, first-time authors, and graduating college seniors admitted to graduate programs are strongly encouraged to submit their work. For submission guidelines, please visit the "For Authors" section of the website. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2015.

Please forward any questions to the Editor-in-Chief at

HM Staff

New Haven 2015

posted Mar 28, 2015, 9:12 AM by Historia Medicinae Editor   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 9:27 AM ]

Attention HM Readers,

The 88th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine will be held in New Haven, CT April 30-May 3, 2015. The Program Committee for AAHM 2015 has assembled a fascinating program featuring panels, roundtable discussions, traditional paper sessions, and other events presented by scholars and practitioners from around the world. Online registration is open with early registrations rates available until April 15th. For more information, please visit:

New Issue Released!

posted Jan 19, 2015, 4:50 PM by Historia Medicinae Editor   [ updated Feb 14, 2015, 8:34 AM ]

Readers of Historia Medicinae,


I am excited to announce the release of the journal’s first issue in nearly two years.  This achievement marks the rebirth of Historia Medicinae (HM) and will trigger a new age for the journal in many ways. Since August 2014, I have led the journal as Editor-in-Chief and guided the journal’s revitalization by recruiting a new review staff, managing submissions and review teams, and coordinating communication between authors, reviewers, inquirers and the like. As I have been intimately involved in the journal’s activities for the past year, I am very proud of our Historia Medicinae’s successful reemergence. The release of an issue signifies our re-arrival to the peer-review community.


This work could not have been done without the dedicated effort of our review staff. These individuals from universities across the world tackled each assignment with humility and care. Their work is the centerpiece of HM’s success. In addition, our success has been greatly aided by the Assistant Editor, Derek Pinkerton. Derek has been a helpful confidant during my tenure and worked diligently to improve this issue. Finally, the founder of our journal Andrew Degnan deserves commendation. Andrew negotiated the journal’s transfer to my leadership and provided invaluable insight during the first months. Since then, he has remained accessible for advice and opinion. We all owe many thanks for Andrew for starting this journal as a medical student six years ago. Doing so, Andrew created an outlet for students and faculty interested in the history of medicine. He created a space for peer-review, field advancement, and career development. Andrew’s creativity and determination are truly remarkable.


With sincere gratitude to the aforementioned individuals I am pleased to announce a successor as Editor-in-Chief, Kristina Williams.  Kristina recently received her Masters in Social Science from the prestigious University of Chicago, and is currently applying to graduate schools for a PhD in history. I have known Kristina for two years after a chance meeting at an undergraduate history conference, and can think of no one more capable to lead HM to its bright future. She is as sharp as she is kind, and I have great confidence in her ability to manage HM. In addition, I believe the journal will benefit from Kristina’s network of historians, graduate students, and peers across the United States as HM seeks to expand and improve in the coming years.


I am thrilled by HM’s new opportunities and will continue to be involved with the journal’s leadership as an Editor Emeritus.


So now, I encourage you to enjoy the newest issue of HM. The articles are pleasant to read and offer new insights on previous medical scenarios. In the first article, written by John W. Stanifer at Duke University, we learn origin of three respiratory measures used in medicine. The origins, Dr. Stanifer argues, give new value to how the measures should be applied and interpreted by physicians today. In the second article, written by Jorge Salazar from the Mayo Clinic in Cleveland, we discover a new interpretation for a Catholic Saint’s physical appearance. Dr. Salazar proposes the Catholic Saint Gerard Majella suffered from Marfan Syndrome, a genetic condition. These manuscripts are brief and captivating. I hope you enjoy.  



John S. Runge

Call for Submissions

posted May 10, 2014, 3:02 PM by John Runge   [ updated Feb 14, 2015, 8:34 AM by Historia Medicinae Editor ]

Historia medicinae (HM) invites submissions for its upcoming issue. Topics should be related to the history of medicine and science, and have interdisciplinary relevance. For article formats and submissions guidelines, please visit the “For Authors” page. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2014.


HM provides a unique opportunity for graduate students to improve their writing through timely, quality reviews. We are especially interested in articles relevant to a broad audience of historians, social scientists, clinicians, biomedical researchers, and health workers. Graduate students and first-time authors are strongly encouraged to submit manuscripts for consideration.


Please send questions to the Editor-in-Chief at


We look forward to working with you,

HM Staff

Call for Reviewers

posted Jan 6, 2014, 7:32 AM by John Runge   [ updated Feb 14, 2015, 8:37 AM by Historia Medicinae Editor ]

Dear Readers,

I am extremely excited to announce that Historia medicinae is now accepting applications for manuscript reviewers. This act indicates we at HM are preparing to request, review, and accept articles for publication later this year - a wonderful sign for the future of the journal.

For these positions, HM seeks highly motivated, insightful, and punctual graduate students and junior faculty. In particular, we seek individuals with broad understandings of human and health history, and who understand the pertinence of historical analysis in scientific discourse. Specialties in history and/or medicine are not required, though these backgrounds are preferred. Other preferred specialties are public health, bioscience, social science, and law. No prior reviewing experience is required.

The deadline for application submissions is February 3, 2014. Until then, applications will be processed and reviewed in a timely manner. Please send a brief personal statement regarding your interest, a Curriculum Vitae, and any questions to

Thank you for your applications and we look forward to working with you!

Sincerely Best and Happy New Year,
John S. Runge
Editor-in-Chief, HM

Welcome from the new Editor-in-Chief

posted Oct 8, 2013, 6:46 PM by John Runge   [ updated Feb 14, 2015, 8:38 AM by Historia Medicinae Editor ]

Hello readers,

My name is John Runge and I am the new Editor-in-Chief of Historia medicinae. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to enter this role, and delighted to work toward improving our quality, audience, and reach. As a journal directed for students captivated by the convergence of history and health, we fill a unique niche in the academic community. As Editor-in-Chief, I hope to reinvigorate HM 's mission to engage graduate students and faculty interested, like myself, in the history and perspective of medicine by initiating some infrastructural changes to the journal. Among these will be the inclusion of public health topics (to be viewed from a historical angle), restructured article formats (details to come), and a new home base (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). These exciting developments speak to our energized leadership and its commitment to sustaining HM for many years to come. Thank you for your continued readership and I look forward to reading your submissions!

Sincerely Best,
John S. Runge
Editor-in-Chief, Historia medicinae
PhD student, Biomedical Sciences, UNC-CH

New Editor-in-Chief.

posted Sep 5, 2013, 7:50 PM by Historia Medicinae Editor   [ updated Feb 14, 2015, 8:39 AM ]

We are pleased to announce that Historia medicinae has a new editor-in-chief. John Runge of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill will be heading the journal.  We are looking to update our list of reviewers for a new, refreshed version of the journal.  Any questions or interest may be directed to 

New Leadership for HM.

posted Sep 1, 2012, 4:39 PM by Historia Medicinae Editor   [ updated Feb 14, 2015, 8:40 AM ]

Thank you for your patience as we try to find new leadership to take over the journal.  We will make an announcement when a new editor has been chosen to continue the mission of publishing quality work from students and recent graduates interested in the history of medicine.

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