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Queen's University

Samantha Sandassie

Ph.D. Candidate/Teaching Fellow

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext: 74383
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson 106
Office hours: Tuesdays 10:30-1:00 p.m.


MA, History, York University, 2008
BA (hons), History and Political Science, McMaster University, 2007


My dissertation explores the state of English surgery from 1590-1715. The period constitutes a critical epoch in the history of medicine in terms of theoretical, practical, and organizational improvements. I intend to reconstruct an account of early modern surgery that places conceptions of the body, disease, and therapeutics in their temporal and social contexts. In particular, I will be interested in discerning the professional relationship between surgeons, patients and other medical practitioners, and how this relationship may have been affected by the events of the 17th century..


Sandassie, Samantha. "Evidence-Based Medicine? Patient Case Studies in English Surgical Treatises, 1660-1700." Medical Humanities 34,1 (2008), 11-18.

Conference Papers:

2012 Anglo-American Conference: Ancients and Moderns (London, UK) "Water Drinking in Seventeenth Century England"

2012 Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies (Philadelphia, PA) "Epistolary Writing and the Professional Development of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Surgical Practitioners"

Sandassie, Samantha. “On Pins, Needles and Electrotherapy: Acupuncture in Victorian Britain,” paper presented at the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine Conference, Montreal, QC, 2010.

Courses taught:

History 121: Intellectual Origins of the Contemporary West
History 390: Health and Happiness in Early Modern England

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000