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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.


Jacalyn Duffin, MD, PhD, is a hematologist and historian who held the Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine at Queen’s University from 1988 to 2017.

A former President of both the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, she is the author of eight books and many articles, holds several awards for teaching and research, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Her research focuses on disease, technology, religion, and health policy. She runs an activist website for the current drug shortage problem and a collaborative translation project for the 17th-century Latin author Paolo Zacchia. Her current research is on the history of the Medical Expedition to Easter Island, led by Canada in 1964-65.