Medical histories of Belgium

New narratives on health, care and citizenship in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Edited by Joris Vandendriessche and Benoît Majerus

Medical histories of Belgium

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5108-7
  • Pages: 400
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £30.00
  • Published Date: October 2021
  • BIC Category: History, Modern History, History of Medicine, History of medicine, MEDICAL / History, HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century, HISTORY / Europe / Western, Humanities / Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Belgium, Medicine / History of medicine
  • Series: Social Histories of Medicine


Medical histories of Belgium reshapes Belgian history of medicine by bringing together a new generation of scholars. Going beyond a chronological narrative, the book offers new insights by questioning classic themes of the history of medicine: physicians, institutions and the nation state. While retracing specific Belgian characteristics, it also engages with broader European developments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Medical histories of Belgium will appeal to Historians of Belgium in various subfields, especially cultural history and political history and medical historians and medical practitioners seeking the historical context of their activities.


Introduction - Benoît Majerus and Joris Vandendriessche

Part I: Beyond the nation state
1 Medicine, health and gender - Jolien Gijbels and Kaat Wils
2 Medicine and religion - Joris Vandendriessche and Tine Van Osselaer
3 Medicine and colonialism - Sokhieng Au and Anne Cornet
4 Public health, hygiene and social activism - Thomas D'haeninck, Jan Vandersmissen Gita Deneckere and Christophe Verbruggen

Part II: Institutions and beyond
5 Ways of knowing medicine - Renaud Bardez and Pieter Dhondt
6 Medicine, money and mutual aid - Dirk Luyten and David Guilardian
7 The material culture of caring and curing - Valérie Leclercq and Veronique Deblon

Part III: Beyond physicians
8 Dis/order and dis/ability - Benoît Majerus and Pieter Verstraete
9 Medicine, media and the public - Tinne Claes and Katrin Pilz

Epilogue - Including all citizens of Belgium: narratives beyond the profession and the state - Frank Huisman
Timeline of Belgian medical history


Joris Vandendriessche is Research Professor in the Cultural History since 1750 Research Group at the University of Leuven

Benoît Majerus is Professor of European History at the University of Luxembourg

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