Shauna Devine

- Adjunct Professor

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PhD, The University of Western Ontario, 2010
Email: sdevine7@uwo.ca

Research Interests

Professor Devine's research and teaching interests focus on the social, cultural and military history of the United States, particularly the Civil War era, with a special interest in medicine and science during and after the war. Her first book, Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science. (The University of North Carolina Press, 2014), examines the work of doctors who served in the Union Medical Department, and explores how their innovations in the midst of crisis transformed northern medical education and gave rise to the healing power of modern health science. Professor Devine's next research project tentatively entitled Science and the Practice of Medicine in the Civil War South and Reconstruction examines medical practice in the Civil War south, which will be published as a companion volume to her work on medical practice in the north. She  is also working on two commissioned works from the United States Army Medical Department in conjunction with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, which examine the larger impact of war on American medicine. 


Current Research Projects

Monographs:

Science and the Practice of Medicine in the Civil War South and Reconstruction. I am currently researching science and medicine in the Civil War south, which will be published as a companion volume to my work on medical practice in the north.

Two Commissioned Works from the United States Army Medical Department in conjunction with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Both projects examine the larger impact of war on American medicine.


Other Academic Interests

2014-Present Board Member, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Fredrick Maryland/Washington DC.
2013-Present Historical Advisor for PBS, on the series“Mercy Street.” Co-created and produced by David Zabel and Lisa Wolfinger, Sawbones Films.
2011-2012 Managing Editor of the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.

Select Publications

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • Shauna Devine, "'To Make Something from the Dying in this War' The Civil War and Rise of American Medical Science". Journal of Civil War History, Volume 6, 2, (June 2016) pp. 149-163.

  • Shauna Devine, "Examined at the University of Pennsylvania: Dr. Fulton, his Professional Milieu, and Military Medicine 1862-1864" in A Feeling of Honorable Pride: A Surgeon’s Experience of the American Civil War edited by Robert Hicks, University of Indiana Press (forthcoming).

Monograph:


Short Articles:

  • Shauna Devine, "Clinical Photography and the Development of Scientific Medicine: Civil War Casualty and Surgical-Operation Cards, 1861-1865" in Hidden Treasures: 175 Years of the National Library of Medicine ed. Michael Sappol (New York: Blast Books, 2012)

  • Shauna Devine, "Malaria in the South," in Science and Medicine, Vol. 22, ed. James G. Thomas and Charles Reagan Wilson (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

  • Shauna Devine, "Joseph Barnes"; "William Alexander Hammond"; and "Medical Department USA" in Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political, Social, and Military History, ABC-CLIO Military History Series, ed. Paul Pierpaoli, 2012.

Select Book Reviews

  • Shauna Devine, review of Jim Downs, Sick from Freedom: African American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). The Civil War Monitor (forthcoming)

  • Shauna Devine, review of Libra Hilde, Worth a Dozen Men: Women and Nursing in the Civil War South (Virginia, University of Virginia Press, 2012) Civil War History (September, 2015)

  • Shauna Devine, review of Frank L. Grzyb. Rhode Island’s Civil War Hospital: Life and Death at Portsmouth Grove, 1861-1865. (North Carolina and London: McFarland and Company Inc., 2012.) H-Net Book Reviews, August 2014.

  • Shauna Devine, review of Gretchen Long, Doctoring Freedom: The Politics of African American Medical Care in Slavery and Emancipation (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2012). Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, doi:10.1093/jhmas/jrt052 (first published on-line October, 2013)

  • Shauna Devine, review of Samuel J. M. M. Alberti, Morbid Curiosities: Medical Museums in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010) Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 2012, 86, 282-4.

  • Shauna Devine, review of Peter McCandless, Slavery, Disease, and Suffering in the Southern Low Country (New York, Cambridge University Press, 2011) Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (first published online April 19, 2012 doi:10.1093/jhmas/jrs029)

  • Shauna Devine, review of Jane E. Schultz, ed., This Birth Place of Souls: The Civil War Nursing Diary of Harriet Eaton (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) Journal of the Social History of Medicine. (advanced access: doi:10.1093/shm/hkr147)

  • Shauna Devine, review of Andrew McIlwaine Bell, Mosquito Soldiers: Malaria, Yellow Fever, and the Course of the American Civil War. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2010) Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 2011, 66, 255-258.

  • Shauna Devine, review of Margaret Humphreys, Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 2009, 26, 221-223.

Media & Speaking Events

Select Lectures by Invitation:

  • "Studying Traumatic Wounds and Infectious Diseases in the Civil War Hospitals: The Medical Photography of the Civil War Era," The Countway Medical Library, Harvard University, November 19, 2015.
  • "The Civil War and American Medicine: The Development of Public Health Practice and the Rise of the American Hospital." Marshfield Clinic Centennial Event, "Marshfield Clinic Day Celebrating 100 Years of Service to the Community." Thursday October 13, 2016, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin.
  • "Cholera and the Development of Public Heath Medicine: The Influence of the Civil War Medical Model in the Post-War Period." The 24th Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine, October 7-9, Frederick Maryland.
  • Chair, "War, Empire, and Medicine: Managing the Health of Soldiers and Subjects," The Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, Minneapolis Marriot Center City, Minneapolis MN, April 28-May 1, 2016.
  • Chair and Commentator, World War I and the Environment: Global Resource Allocation, Militarization and the Nature of Raw Materials, Annual Meeting for the Society for Military History, Ottawa Ontario, April 14-16, 2016.
  • The Civil War’s Influence on American Medicine, C-SPAN, November 13, 2015.
  • Radio Interview, "Mercy Street Preview," Maine Public Broadcasting, January 14, 2016.
  • 2015-Present: Co-Organizer with Dr. Shelley McKellar, Visiting Speaker Series, Department of History of Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • "To Make Something out of the Dying in this War": The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science, The Tom Watson Brown Book Award Dinner, Little Rock Marriott, Little Rock Arkansas, November 13, 2015.
  • Making Medicine Scientific: The Civil War and American Medicine, The Cassidy-Reid Lecture in United States History, The University of Guelph, October 8, 2015.
  • Bodies of War: The Civil War and the Transformation of American Medical Science, Wiley-Silver Prize Address, The Center for Civil War Research, The University of Mississippi, October 3, 2015.
  • "Doctoring the Civil War: American Physicians and the Transformation of American Medicine." The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Health Sciences Library, April 8, 2015.
  • "How the US Civil War (1861-65) Shaped Modern Medicine," October, 23, 2014, Public Lecture, The University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta
    Further information: http://www.situsci.ca/event/how-us-civil-war-1861-1865-shaped-modern-medicine
  • Clinical Photography and Photomicrography during the American Civil War." Georgia Tech University, April 12, 2014. Further Information: http://www.hts.gatech.edu/civilwar
  • "Photographing Disease: Civil War Bodies and New Investigative Techniques." The University of Chicago Medical School, Chicago Biomedical Consortium, October 30, 2013. http://www.shaunadevinewesternuniversity.com/wp-content/uploads//Shauna-Devine-History-of-Medine-Project-Seminar-10-30-13.pdf
  • "The Transformation of American Medicine: The Civil War, the Army Medical Museum and the Surgeon General’s Library." National Library of Medicine Lecture Series, National Institute of Health, Washington D.C., September 3, 2013. http://circulatingnow.nlm.nih.gov/2013/09/03/how-the-civil-war-transformed-u-s-medicine/
  • "How Understandings of Disease were transformed during the Civil War." Captain Course, U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, October 26, 2012
  • "The South’s Vaccination Crisis: Smallpox and the American Civil War," Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, University of Virginia School of Medicine, November 10, 2011.
  • "Science, Identity and Southern Medicine: Spurious Vaccination during the American Civil War, 1861-1865." Reynolds Lecture, Lister Hill Library, University of Alabama, Birmingham, October 19, 2011.
  • "Science, Disease and Experimental Medicine: Gangrene and Erysipelas during the American Civil War, 1861-1865," Duke/UNC Collaborative Speakers Series, Trent History of Medicine Society and Bullitt History of Medicine Club, Duke University, October 11, 2011.

Awards and Honors

  • 2015 Tom Watson Brown Book Award, Society of Civil War Historians and Watson-Brown Foundation, Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2014).
  • 2015 Wiley-Silver Prize, The Center for Civil War Research, University of Mississippi, Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2014).
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2015, Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science.
  • Grant recipient, Henry M. Jackson Foundation, 2015-2017.
  • The Cassidy – Reid Lectureship, The University of Guelph, 2015
  • Grant Recipient, SSRHC Situating Science: Science in Human Contexts, Research Grant, 2014
  • The Command General’s Lectureship, The Army Medical Department and School, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio-Texas, 2013
  • Grant Recipient, Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science,
  • 2011-12 (promoting scholarly and public understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine).
  • The Reynolds Distinguished Lectureship, History of the Health Sciences, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011
  • Reynolds Associate Research Fellowship, History of the Health Sciences, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2010
  • H.N. Segall Award, 2009
  • E.M. Wightman Thesis Award, 2004