Dr. J.T.H. Connor
John Clinch Professor of Medical Humanities and History of Medicine
Dr. Jim Connor brings a wealth of experience in the history of medicine to this position, the third John Clinch Professor in the Faculty of Medicine. His position differs slightly from his predecessors in that it has expanded to include medical humanities. He will work closely with the other members of the Medical Humanities, Ethics and Law group in the Faculty of Medicine, as well as colleagues in Community Health and the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts.
Dr. Connor is interested in reaching out to the broader community through medical humanities, and is encouraged by the existence of the Dr. Nigel Rusted Lectureship in the Humanities, sponsored by the Faculty of Medicine. His most recent book Doing Good: The Life of Toronto’s General Hospital, published by the University of Toronto Press in 2000, has won numerous awards. He has also been published in numerous American, British, Canadian and European journals and books.
As a social historian, Dr. Connor is interested in the interactions between society and the delivery of health care in the 19th and 20th centuries. As a teacher of medical students, he is committed to the ideal of having future physicians reflect on their role in society during their training.
Dr. Connor is also interested in the material cultural of medicine. “I find that artifacts are a great way to introduce students to the history of medicine.”
Before joining Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine in November, 2004, Dr. Connor was the assistant director of the National Museum of Health and Medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington, DC. He is co-editor of McGill-Queen’s University Press series in History of Medicine, Health and Society. For seven years was senior editor of the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Canada’s leading journal for medical history which was founded by Memorial’s first John Clinch Professor of Medicine, Dr. Ken Roberts.
Dr. Connor received a doctorate in history in 1989 from the University of Waterloo. He is also a graduate of The University of Western Ontario and the University of Guelph. Previous to joining the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial he held faculty appointments at the University of Toronto and The University of Western Ontario.