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Full Professor

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Frank Huisman (1956) studied History at Groningen University. In 1992, he earned his PhD at the Free University in Amsterdam with a thesis on early modern Dutch health care, for which he was awarded the five-yearly Lindeboom prize. In 1998, he became lecturer at the History Department of Maastricht University, and in 2006 he was appointed professor in the History of Medicine at the University Medical Centre in Utrecht, where he is also a member of the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities. He is a board member of the Dutch Science Society (GeWiNa), and past-President of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH). He is also a founding member of the Dutch reform movement ‘Science in Transition’ (

Huisman has published on Dutch medicine and health care in both the early modern and the modern era, and on medical historiography. His books include Locating Medical History. The Stories and Their Meanings (with John Harley Warner), and Health and Citizenship. Political Cultures of Health in Modern Europe (with Harry Oosterhuis). While he is currently working on a monograph on the transformation of the Dutch health care system between 1880 and 1940, he is supervising a research program called ‘Medicine in Transition’, dealing with the complexities and paradoxes of the modern system of health care.

Recent publications

Disease specificity and evidence-based medicine: a historical perspective Timo Bolt, Frank G. Huisman
European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare , 2020, vol. 8, p.308-314
Reflectie op het zorgstelsel Frank G. Huisman
Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 2020, vol. 164
Kijken, kunst en kunde Saskia Imhof, Frank G. Huisman, Olle ten Cate
2019, p.11-13
Kijken, kunst en kunde. Over onderwijs en A. Albert Hijmans van den Bergh Annet van Royen, Frank G. Huisman, Olle ten Cate, Saskia Imhof