Series: Global Histories of Health, Medicine, and Disease in the Early Modern World


‘Global Histories of Health, Medicine, and Disease in the Early Modern World’ is our first themed series on the Global History Podcast. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought that it hopefully could be relevant and helpful to speak with several scholars about disease, health, and medicine in the past in a global perspective, as well as the potential relevance of these histories in the present. You can listen to the individual episodes here on our website through the links below, or through this series’ playlist on Spotify.

Monica H. Green on the Black Death and the Global History of Disease

Monica H. Green discusses the global history of disease, including the global Black Death, the ways in which historians and scientists can collaborate in writing global histories of disease, at what point a disease can be called global, and the role of colonization and trade in spreading disease.

Sebestian Kroupa on Global Histories of Science and Medicine in the Early Modern Philippines

Sebestian Kroupa speaks about his research on the Bohemian Jesuit pharmacist Georg Joseph Kamel, who was stationed in the colonial Spanish Philippines at the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th, and about how Kamel’s life, work, and correspondence can illuminate the ways knowledge was produced in cross-cultural, cross-imperial, and cross-oceanic settings in the early modern world.

COVER IMAGE: Frontispiece, Pierre Morel, The Expert Doctors Dispensatory (London, 1657). EPB 37572/A, Wellcome Library. Credit: Wellcome CollectionAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).

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