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Professor Holger Maehle

Professor/Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr.med, Dr.med.habil., Ph.D.


Affiliations
AffiliationRoom numberTelephone
Professor/Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy +44 (0) 191 33 46557
Professor, History of Medicine and Disease in the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease +44 (0) 191 33 40701
Member of Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)  
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  
Fellow of Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing +44 (0) 191 33 40701

Biography

Andreas-Holger Maehle was born on 9 April 1957 in Siegen, Germany. He studied Medicine at the University of Bonn (1976-83), was awarded a Dr. med. (Bonn, 1983), served as a military medical officer (1983-84) and was an assistant at the Institute for the History of Medicine, University of Göttingen (1984-1990). He received his habilitation and venia legendi in History of Medicine with the Medical Faculty, Göttingen (1990) and served as Lecturer in History of Medicine, University of Göttingen (1990-91). Moving to England, he was a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, University College London (1991-94) and a Wellcome Trust University Award Holder and Research Fellow at Durham University (1994-96). He received his Ph.D. from University College London in 1996 and went on to be Reader in History of Medicine, Durham University (1996-2000). Since 2000 he has been Professor of History of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Department of Philosophy, Durham University, and since 2001 in addition Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University. He served on the advisory board of the journal Gesnerus until 2020 and was until 2018 a member of the editorial board of the journal Medical History. He is a Member of the American Association for the History of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is the author of 6 monographs: 'Johann Jakob Wepfer (1620-1695) als Toxikologe' (Verlag Sauerlaender 1987), 'Kritik und Verteidigung des Tierversuchs: Die Anfaenge der Diskussion im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert' (Franz Steiner Verlag 1992), 'Drugs on Trial: Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutic Innovation in the Eighteenth Century' (Rodopi 1999), 'Doctors, Honour and the Law: Medical Ethics in Imperial Germany (Palgrave Macmillan 2009), 'Contesting Medical Confidentiality: Origins of the Debate in the United States, Britain, and Germany' (University of Chicago Press 2016), and 'A Short History of British Medical Ethics' (Ockham Publishing 2021). With Cay Pruell and Robert Halliwell he co-authored 'A Short History of the Drug Receptor Concept' (Palgrave Macmillan 2009). With Lutz Sauerteig he edited a special issue of Medical History (vol. 56/2, 2012) on Albert Moll, and with Heather Wolffram a special issue of the Royal Society journal Notes and Records on the history of hypnotism (vol. 71/2, 2017).

His current research is on medical psychology and psychoanalysis in the 19th and early 20th centuries for a new book 'Freud's Berlin Rival: Albert Moll and his Psychology'.

He is happy to supervise new PhD students who would like to do research on topics in the history of medicine and medical ethics.

OFFICE HOURS: Mondays, 10.30 - 13.30, or by appointment.

Research interests

  • history of medicine and the life sciences
  • ethical issues in the history of medicine
  • history of pharmacology
  • history of stem cell research

Research Projects

  • Law and Ethics in the Issue of Medical Confidentiality in England and Germany, 1871-1933
  • The Impact of the Receptor Concept

Esteem Indicators

  • 2018: AAHM: Member of the American Association for the History of Medicine
  • 2018: Gesnerus: Member of Scientific Committee of Gesnerus: Swiss Journal of the History of Medicine and Sciences
  • 2018: Medical History: Member of the Editorial Board of Medical History
  • 2018: Royal Society of Medicine: Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • 2016: Notes and Records Royal Society: Member of the Editorial Board of Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science

Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Maehle, Andreas-Holger. (2011). Medical Ethics and the Law. In The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine. Jackson, Mark. Oxford University Press. 543-560.
  • Maehle, A H (2010). Eine Kultur der Ehre: Ärztliche Berufsethik im Deutschen Kaiserreich zwischen Moral und Recht. In Ärztliches Ethos im Kontext: Historische, phänomenologische und didaktische Analysen. Bruchhausen, W & Hofer, H G Bonn: Bonn University Press. 59-73.
  • Maehle, Andreas-Holger. & Troehler, Ulrich. (2009). The Discourses of Practitioners in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Germany. In The Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics. Baker, Robert B. & McCullough, Laurence B. Cambridge University Press. 432-438.
  • Maehle, Andreas-Holger. (2009). The Ethics of Experimenting on Animal Subjects. In The Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics. Baker, Robert B. & McCullough, Laurence B. Cambridge University Press. 552-557.
  • Maehle AH (2002). The Emergence of Medical Professional Ethics in Germany. In Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Biomedical Ethics. From Paternalism to Autonomy?. Maehle AH & Geyer-Kordesch J Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate. 37-48.
  • Maehle, AH (2001). Zwischen medizinischem Paternalismus und Patientenautonomie: Albert Molls ‘Aerztliche Ethik’ (1902) im historischen Kontext. In Medizingeschichte und Medizinethik. Kontroversen und Begruendungsansaetze 1900-1950. Frewer, A & Neumann, JN Frankfurt and New York: Campus Verlag. 44-56.

Edited book

  • Maehle AH & Geyer-Kordesch J (2002). Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Biomedical Ethics. From Paternalism to Autonomy?. Ashgate Studies in Applied Ethics. Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate.

Edited Journal

  • Maehle, Andreas-Holger & Wolffram, Heather (2017). History of hypnotism in Europe. Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science, 71 (2): The Royal Society Publishing.
  • Maehle, Andreas-Holger & Sauerteig, Lutz (2012). Sexology, Medical Ethics and Occultism: Albert Moll in Context. Medical History, 56 (2): Cambridge University Press.

Journal Article