NEH Summer Seminar 2012
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Florence Eliza GlazeGlaze

Florence Eliza Glaze, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at Coastal Carolina University. She teaches courses in the History of Medicine, Medieval Europe, and Mediterranean Studies. Dr. Glaze was co-editor of Between Text and Patient: the Medical Enterprise in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (SISMEL, 2011), a collection of more than 20 essays by leading medical historians. She is currently at work on several projects, including Gariopontus and the Salernitans, the first critical edition and analysis of the Passionarius of Gariopontus of Salerno; an article on balneology in southern Italy, which includes the edition of a hitherto unstudied manuscript of the Balnea Puteolana by Johannes medicus; and an article on medical practices in Salerno at the time of the Norman conquest. Her articles have appeared in Science, the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and in several essay collections. Dr. Glaze has served as a Fellow at the National Humanities Center and the American Academy in Rome.

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     Luke Demaitre     Demaitre

Luke Demaitre, Ph.D., is Visiting Professor of History in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. His publications include books and articles on medieval medicine, particularly on the response of learned physicians to diseases ranging from asthma and cancer to insanity and marasmus. Lepra is a principal focus of his research. With a grant from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, he has published Leprosy in Premodern Medicine: A Malady of the Whole Body (Johns Hopkins, 2007). He explores various aspects and perspectives in essays, among which is “AIDS and Medieval Leprosy: 'A Distant Mirror'?” in Historically Speaking (2008). His keynote address on the medieval iconography of leprosy, presented at a 2011 workshop in King's College, Cambridge, is proceeding towards publication. Dr. Demaitre is a member of the international study group Historia leprosorum.


Ann G. Carmichael Carmichael

Ann G. Carmichael, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research in the history of infectious diseases includes a range of interdisciplinary reviews, studies, and encyclopedia entries addressing the trans-historical dimensions of human infectious disease experience. Her particular interests concern recurrent plague, diagnosis of cause of death, and Renaissance Italian state management of epidemic crises. Dr. Carmichael is currently completing a study of Plagues and Environments in Renaissance Milan, based on a study of surviving Milanese civic death registers, 1452 to 1525. This study investigates incremental refinements to professional medical assessment of causes of death during an era of early state public health bureaucracies and multiple severe pestilences. Drawing on a large and extraordinarily detailed set of individual records (over 140,000) with cause of death, this study will update a number of Dr. Carmichael's prior publications on disease experience in late medieval northern Italy.

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