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Department of History and Philosophy of Science

 

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in Medical Humanities

Carolin works on the history of medicine in early modern Spain, with a particular interest in the patient history and medical pluralism, including both 'lower ranked' practitioners, such as female healers, unlicensed empirics and barber-surgeons, and court physicians (Juan Muñoz y Peralta).

She has been trained in History, Spanish Philology and Ethnology (BA/MA degree, University of Trier), and in the History of Science and Scientific Communication (MA degree, University of Valencia). In 2016, she completed her PhD at the University of Valencia under the supervision of María Luz López Terrada. The thesis was awarded the Premio 'Hernández Morejón' 2017 of the Spanish Society for the History of Medicine for the best PhD thesis on History of Medicine presented in Spanish universities in 2016.

Her first monograph Los enfermos en la España barroca (CSIC, 2018) based on her dissertation, combines different approaches (micro history, literary studies and medical anthropological concepts) and explores how space, movement and decisions shaped the experience of sickness in the medical pluralism of early modern Spain.

Following a Max Weber Fellowship (2017–2018) at the European University Institute (Florence), she joined HPS in October 2018 on a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship in Medical Humanities (–2022). She is currently working on her project 'From Cures to Courts of Justice. Medical Encounters and Social Order in Early Modern Spain', in which she explores how medical encounters of any kind intersected with the social orders that structured early modern urban and rural communities, with the aim to understand how in practice encounters fostered or disrupted social stability.

Email: cs2003[at]cam.ac.uk

 

Research interests

History of early modern medicine (social and cultural approach):

  • Medical pluralism
  • Medical encounters and the law
  • History of medical licensing
  • History of medical practices in early modern Spain
  • History of the patient / patient-practitioner relationships
  • Medicine and the Spanish picaresque novel

 

Publications

Books

Los enfermos en la España barroca y el pluralismo médico: espacios, estrategias y actitudes ('The sick in baroque Spain and the medical pluralism: spaces, strategies and attitudes'), Serie: Estudios sobre la Ciencia, 71, Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2018.

Articles

Impotente Männer im frühneuzeitlichen Spanien: Tabu, Geheimhaltung oder offene Kommunikation?, Martin Dinges / Pierre Pfütsch (eds.), Männlichkeiten in der Frühmoderne. Körper, Gesundheit und Krankheit (1500–1850), Serie: Medizin, Gesellschaft und Geschichte, Beiheft 76, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2020.

La Regia Sociedad de Medicina y otras Ciencias de Sevilla en la 'República de las Letras': Juan Muñoz y Peralta (1668–1746). Álvarez Fernández-Represa, J., y Gutiérrez-Fuentes, J.A. (eds.), Reconocimiento a cinco siglos de medicina española, Madrid: Fundación Ramón Areces y la Real Academia de Doctores de España, 2019.

Licencias sociales para sanar: La construcción como expertos de salud de curanderas y curanderos en la Castilla del Barroco, with María Luz López Terrada, Studia Historica. Historia Moderna, 40,2 (2018): 143–175.

Práctica médica en el espacio virtual: Relaciones a distancia entre Juan Muñoz y Peralta (1665–1746) y sus pacientes, Historia e Medicina 1 (2017): 3–18.

  • Winner of the XLVII Premio Fundación Uriach 'Historia de la Medicina' 2016.

Barberos, charlatanes y enfermos: La pluralidad médica de la España barroca percibida por el pícaro Estebanillo González, in: Dynamis 36, 1 (2016), pp. 143–166.

Josep Rodríguez, herbolari valencià, i els seus pacients de la ribera del Tajo. Les cultures mèdiques en el món rural barroc, with María Luz López Terrada, Afers 82 (2015): 523–550.

Reviews

From Body to Community: Venereal Disease and Society in Baroque Spain, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016, by Cristian Berco, Dynamis 2018; 38 (2): 509–512.