Dr. Mitchell Hammond

Dr. Mitchell Hammond
Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Adviser
Office: Cle B231

BA, MAR (Yale), MA, PhD (Virginia)

Area of expertise

European History. Early Modern Europe, Health and Epidemic Disease History.

Office Hours

Working remotely - please email.


Mitchell Hammond has been an assistant professor in the History Department since 2005. His scholarship ranges widely over the history of medicine and disease from the Renaissance to the modern era. He is the author of Epidemics and the Modern World (University of Toronto Press, 2020) and articles pertaining to the European social history of medicine. Dr. Hammond’s primary research program focuses on German cities in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Topics that he has explored include the relationship of medicine and religious reform; the development of medical poor relief; and the evolving role of medical practitioners in urban life.

In addition to the social history of medicine, Dr. Hammond’s courses reflect his interest in numerous aspects of early modern culture, including the exchange between European and American peoples in the Atlantic World, and the religious upheavals in Europe during the sixteenth century.

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Selected publications

Epidemics and the Modern World

Current book project:

"A History of Modern Medicine" (under contract with the University of Toronto Press)

Articles and chapters:

"The Religious Roots of Paracelsus's Medical Theory," Archive for Reformation History vol. 89 (1998), pp. 7-22.

"Der Streit über Frauen als Heilerinnen in Augsburg um 1600," ("The Dispute over Augburg’s Women Healers in 1600,") Mitteilungen, Institut für Europäische Kulturgeschichte der Universität Augsburg, Heft Nr. 4 (April 1999), pp. 32-37.

"From Pilgrims to Patients: Medicine and Poor Relief in Early Modern Augsburg," in Von Barmherzigkeit zur Sozialversicherung (From Mercy to Welfare), Hans-Jörg Gilomen et al., eds. Chronos, 2002, pp. 59-71.

"Paracelsus and the Boundaries of Medicine in Early Modern Augsburg," in Paracelsian Moments, Gerhild Scholz Williams and Charles Gunnoe, eds. Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies, 2002, pp. 19-33.

"Pastoral Care and Terminal Illness in Protestant Germany," in Ways of Knowing, Mary Lindemann, ed. Brill Publications, 2004, pp. 79-96.

"Contagion, Honour, and Urban Life in Early Modern Germany," in Imagining Contagion in Early Modern Europe, Claire Carlin, ed., Palgrave, 2005, pp. 94-106.

"Leprosy and the Defeat of Diagnosis in Sixteeenth-Century Germany," in Ideas and Cultural Margins in Early Modern Germany, Robin Barnes and Marjorie E. Plummer eds., Ashgate, 2009, pp. 271-87.

"'Ora Deum & Medico tribuas locum': Medicine in the Theology of Luther and Philipp Melanchthon," Religion und Naturwissenschaften im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert, T. Kaufmann, K. v. Greyerz, K. Siebenhüner and R. Zaugg, eds., Gütersloh, 2010, pp. 31-48.

"The Medical Examination and Poor Relief in Early Modern Germany," Social History of Medicine (electronic access forthcoming, Fall 2010), 1-31.


HSTR 101C Epidemics from the Black Death to AIDS
HSTR 110 Conquest and Encounter in the Atlantic World, 1492 - 1700
HSTR 132 Disease, Medicine and Society, 1500-present
HSTR 337B The Religious Reformations of the 16th Century
HSTR 355 Epidemics and Public Health in Modern History
HSTR 447 Seminar in the History of Disease and Public Health