Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Staff and Governance

Core Staff

The day-to-day running of IMEMS is the responsibility of the Core Executive Committee, comprising the Director and Associate Directors and the Administrator. 

Professor Holger Maehle, Dr.med, Dr.med.habil., Ph.D.

Professor/Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46557
Professor, History of Medicine and Disease in the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40701

Contact Professor Holger Maehle

Biography

Andreas-Holger Maehle was born on 9 April 1957 in Siegen, Germany. He studied Medicine at the University of Bonn (1976-83), was awarded a Dr. med. (Bonn, 1983), served as a military medical officer (1983-84) and was an assistant at the Institute for the History of Medicine, University of Göttingen (1984-1990). He received his habilitation and venia legendi in History of Medicine with the Medical Faculty, Göttingen (1990) and served as Lecturer in History of Medicine, University of Göttingen (1990-91). Moving to England, he was a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, University College London (1991-94) and a Wellcome Trust University Award Holder and Research Fellow at Durham University (1994-96). He received his Ph.D. from University College London in 1996 and went on to be Reader in History of Medicine, Durham University (1996-2000). Since 2000 he has been Professor of History of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Department of Philosophy, Durham University, and since 2001 in addition Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University. He serves on the advisory board of the journal Gesnerus and was until 2018 a member of the editorial board of the journal Medical History. He is a Member of the American Association for the History of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is the author of 5 monographs: 'Johann Jakob Wepfer (1620-1695) als Toxikologe' (Verlag Sauerlaender 1987), 'Kritik und Verteidigung des Tierversuchs: Die Anfaenge der Diskussion im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert' (Franz Steiner Verlag 1992), 'Drugs on Trial: Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutic Innovation in the Eighteenth Century' (Rodopi 1999), 'Doctors, Honour and the Law: Medical Ethics in Imperial Germany (Palgrave Macmillan 2009), and 'Contesting Medical Confidentiality: Origins of the Debate in the United States, Britain, and Germany' (University of Chicago Press 2016). With Cay Pruell and Robert Halliwell he co-authored 'A Short History of the Drug Receptor Concept' (Palgrave Macmillan 2009). With Lutz Sauerteig he edited a special issue of Medical History (vol. 56/2, 2012) on Albert Moll, and with Heather Wolffram a special issue of the Royal Society journal Notes and Records on the history of hypnotism (vol. 71/2, 2017).

His current research is on 19th- and 20th-century medical ethics, especially in Britain, with a new monograph expected to come out in 2020. 

He is happy to supervise new PhD students who would like to do research on topics in the history of medicine and medical ethics.

OFFICE HOURS: Mondays, 10.30 - 13.30, or by appointment.

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2018: AAHM: Member of the American Association for the History of Medicine
  • 2018: Gesnerus:

    Member of Scientific Committee of Gesnerus: Swiss Journal of the History of Medicine and Sciences

  • 2018: Medical History:

    Member of the Editorial Board of Medical History

  • 2018: Royal Society of Medicine: Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • 2016: Notes and Records Royal Society:

    Member of the Editorial Board of Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science

Research Groups

Department of Philosophy

Research Projects

Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease

  • Law and Ethics in the Issue of Medical Confidentiality in England and Germany, 1871-1933
  • The Impact of the Receptor Concept

Research Interests

  • Ethical issues in the history of medicine
  • History of medicine and the life sciences
  • History of pharmacology
  • History of stem cell research

Selected Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

Edited Journal

Journal Article

Show all publications


Full Executive Committee

Our Full Executive Committee is made up of the Core Executive Committee, listed above, plus a number of executive members including:


International Advisory Board

We are extremely fortunate to have be able to call on the help and guidance of colleagues from around the world who help to shape and guide our direction, strategy and international reach. Our current Advisory Board members are: