Teaching and Related Activities
- Intro to Medicine, History of Medicine lectures (1st year medical curriculum)
- Integration, Consolidation & Enrichment (ICE), History of Medicine module (4th year medical curriculum)
- HIS 2812E "Plague, Pox and Flu: Disease in Global History" (2nd year lecture course)
- Osler Society - "Fostering a greater appreciating of the history of medicine and its role in medical education"
- History of Medicine Colloquium -- an annual event showcasing medical history research conducted by Western medical students
Professor McKellar studies the history of medicine and disease, with a special interest in the history of medical technology, instruments and devices, the history of surgery, and medical biography. Select publications and presentations are listed below.
- (2013) "Medicine and Technology in the United States," Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Science, Medicine, and Technology, forthcoming.
- (2013) "Negotiating Risk: The Failed Development of Atomic Hearts in America, 1967-1977," Technology and Culture 54,1 (Jan 2013): forthcoming.
- (2008) Medicine and Technology in Canada, 1900-1950. with Allison Kirk-Montgomery. Transformation Series #16 (Ottawa: Canada Science and Technology Museum, 2008). 171 pp.
- (2008) Essays in Honour of Michael Bliss: Figuring the Social. Co-edited with Alison Li, Elsbeth Heaman. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008). 491 pp.
- (2008) "Limitations Exposed: Willem J. Kolff and his Contentious Pursuit of a Mechanical Heart,” in Essays in Honour of Michael Bliss: Figuring the Social, (University of Toronto Press): 400-434.
- (2006) "Learning Through Objects: Development of the UWO Medical Artifact Collection as a Teaching and Research Resource,” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History Vol.23, No.1 (2006): 217-241.
- (2003) Surgical Limits: The Life of Gordon Murray (University of Toronto Press, 2003). 270 pp.
- Jan 17, 2013 -- "Dick Cheney's 'Change of Heart': Profile and Politics in the Fight Against Heart Disease," Dept of History, Western University
- Nov 23, 2012 -- "A Tale of Two Londons: Cholera and the Role of Epidemiology in 19th Century London, England and London, Ontario," Dept of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Western University
- Oct 26, 2012 -- "Surgical Transgressions? Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley and the Controversial Artificial Heart Case in 1969," Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon
- Sept 14, 2012 -- "Challenging Students with Toothkeys and Scarificators: Experiences with Object-based Teaching in History," EAMHMS Conference, Berlin, Germany
The departmental facilities are located in room H041 of the Health Sciences Addition Building at The University of Western Ontario. These include, besides faculty and administrative offices, a reference library of approximately two thousand titles in the history of science and medicine, and an artifact collection containing over one thousand catalogued items dating primarily from 1880-1920, which illustrate the early history of medicine in Southwestern Ontario.
History of Medicine Colloquium 2014 - Student Perspectives: Embracing the Past
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. MSB Rm. 148
At this colloquium, Schulich Medicine students will each deliver short presentations (about 10 minutes) on some aspect of the history of medicine and health care. A brief Q&A period will follow each presentation, and prizes will be awarded. The event is open to all medical students, clinicians, faculty and staff within the university community.
This year's presenters are:
James Ahlin, Meds 2016 — “From Vapours to Variola: An Early Treatise on Smallpox in the Context of our Modern Understanding of Viruses”
Samuel Chen, Meds 2014 — “Sir James Cantlie and Dr. Sun Yat-sen: How the Father of Liver Surgery Saved the Father of Modern China”
Kevin Dueck, Meds 2016 —“Dominique Jean Larrey and the Treatment of Fractures: From Amputation to Casting”
Zoe Kichler, Meds 2015 (Windsor campus) — “The Untold Story of the Male Oral Contraceptive Pill”
Daniel Liu, Meds 2017 — “The Osler Society at Western University: A Century of Enhancing Medical Education”
Hannah MacKenzie, Meds 2016 — “Body Connections from Vesalius’ Fabrica to Bodyworlds: The Importance of Context in Anatomical Knowledge Transfer”