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Dr. Lisa Petermann, BSc., B.A., M.A., PhD

Research Associate with the Calgary History of Medicine and Health Care Program and Program Director with the Health Promotion, Disease and Injury Prevention Portfolio of Alberta Health Services. Her research interests include merging medical history and the history of childhood, to examine the medical process surrounding childhood illness, and the subsequent effect instruments, institutions and education had on that process. She enjoys teaching and has taught modules in medical history, European history and methodology at British and Canadian Universities. In her role at Alberta Health Services, Dr. Petermann coordinates knowledge exchange for population health initiatives as part of the applied research and evaluation team. Lisa received her PhD in History of Medicine in 2007 from the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick (England) with a thesis titled "From a cough to a coffin: the child’s medical encounter in England and France, 1762–1882". This dissertation was supervised by the prominent French historian Professor Colin D.N. Jones and the Historian of Medicine Professor Hilary Marland. Further medical history publications include: Lisa Petermann. "Children’s Health Issues in Historical Perspective (review)." The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 1.3 (2008), pp. 478-480.


Research Project:

I am interested in merging medical history and the history of childhood, to examine the medical process surrounding childhood illness, and the subsequent effect instruments, institutions and education had on that process. What is a child? What role did mothers play in the health of their children? How did physicians interact with their young patients? How did children feel about sickness and the medical men who treated them? The focus of my research is a comparative study of the child's medical encounter in France and England, from the publication of Émile (1762) to the passing of the Education Acts (1882), with a sub-theme examining the education and subsequent professionalization of physicians who worked with children to reveal the growth of a specialized discipline.

The Child's Medical Experience in Britain & France, 1762-1884The Child's Medical Experience in Britain & France, 1762-1884

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