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Jacalyn Duffin

Jacalyn Duffin

Professor and Hannah Chair: History of Medicine 
M.D. (Toronto), F.R.C.P.(C), Ph.D. (Sorbonne)

Specialization: Medical Epistemology, Concepts of Disease, History of Medicine. 
Office: 78 Barrie St. 
Office Hours: By appointment 
Phone: (613) 533.6000 ext. 36580 


A hematologist and historian, Jacalyn Duffin occupies the Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine at Queen’s University, Kingston Canada. A former President of both the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, she is author or editor of eight books and holds several awards for research, writing, teaching, and service. Her most recent book is Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints, and Healing in the Modern World  (Oxford University Press, 2009). A revised and expanded second edition of her popular textbook for medical students appeared in 2010:  History of Medicine a Scandalously Short Introduction  (U Toronto Press). Her next book,  Medical Saints: Cosmas and Damian in a Postmodern World  (Oxford) will appear in 2013. Her current clinical activity is in breast cancer, and she participates in an award-winning research project on music memory and dementia. She is founding webmaster of, a site for information about the current drug shortage.