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Carolin Schmitz

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in Medical Humanities

Carolin works on the history of medicine in early modern Spain, with a particular interest in the patient history and medical pluralism, including both 'lower ranked' practitioners, such as female healers, unlicensed empirics and barber-surgeons, and court physicians (Juan Muñoz y Peralta).

She has been trained in History, Spanish Philology and Ethnology (BA/MA degree, University of Trier), and in the History of Science and Scientific Communication (MA degree, University of Valencia). In 2016, she completed her PhD at the University of Valencia under the supervision of María Luz López Terrada.

Her dissertation, titled 'The Sick in Baroque Spain (1600–1740): Spaces, Strategies and Attitudes', combines different approaches (micro history, literary studies and medical anthropological concepts) and explores how space, movement and decisions shaped the experience of sickness in the medical pluralism of Early Modern Spain. The book based on her thesis, Los enfermos en la España barroca, is now prepared for publication and will be published forthcoming in the 2018 series of 'Estudios sobre la Ciencia' of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Following a Max Weber Fellowship (2017–2018) at the European University Institute (Florence), she joined HPS in October 2018 on a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship in Medical Humanities to work on her project 'From Cures to Courts of Justice. Medical Encounters and Social Order in Early Modern Spain', in which she explores how medical encounters of any kind intersected with the social orders that structured early modern urban and rural communities, with the aim to understand how in practice encounters fostered or disrupted social stability.