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Transforming Medical Education

Historical Case Studies of Teaching, Learning, and Belonging in Medicine

edited by Delia Gavrus & Susan Lamb

McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
History, General, Essays
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In recent decades, researchers have studied the cultures of medicine and the ways in which context and identity shape both individual experiences and structural barriers in medical education. The essays in this collection offer new insights into the deep histories of these processes, across time and around the globe.

Transforming Medical Education compiles twenty-one historical case studies that foreground processes of learning, teaching, and defining medical communities in educational contexts. The chapters are organized around the themes of knowledge transmission, social justice, identity, pedagogy, and the surprising affinities between medical and historical practice. By juxtaposing original research on diverse geographies and eras – from medieval Japan to twentieth-century Canada, and from colonial Cameroon to early Republican China – the volume disrupts traditional historiographies of medical education by making room for schools of medicine for revolutionaries, digital cadavers, emotional medical students, and the world’s first mandatory Indigenous community placement in an accredited medical curriculum. This unique collection of international scholarship honours historian, physician, and professor Jacalyn Duffin for her outstanding contributions to the history of medicine and medical education.

An invaluable scholarly resource and teaching tool, Transforming Medical Education offers a provocative study of what it means to teach, learn, and belong in medicine.

About the authors

Delia Gavrus is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg.


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Susan Lamb is the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

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Editorial Reviews

“Presenting several original perspectives based in archival research, Transforming Medical Education reaches beyond medical education to treat themes such as the structure of modern universities, intellectual and cultural history, the history of nursing, Canadian and American history, and post-secondary education studies. In particular, the inclusion of an interview with Professor Jacalyn Duffin is a significant historical contribution.” Frank Stahnisch, University of Calgary and author of A New Field in Mind: A History of Interdisciplinarity in the Early Brain Sciences

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