Author | Historian | Adventurer at the Intersection

Medical history, Anthropology, and Literature

Brandy Schillace, PhD

Dittrick Museum of Medical History

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NEW RELEASES

View recent releases from Brandy Schillace. There are direct links below each book to order from your favorite online book store:

Death's Summer Coat


Coming soon: What the history of death and dying can tell us about life and living. Exploring cultural practice and death. See the Press Release (Pegasus). Pre-order today:

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Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity

An interdisciplinary, cross-genre book on the genesis of the "monster" in film, media studies, history, literature, and medicine. See the Press Release. Order your copy today:

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The Vatican

The third installment of the Jacob Maresbeth Chronincles. "Vampires do exist...some of them work at hospitals." (Middle-grade series) Cooperative Press; read more here.

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On The Circuit

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How do we engage our history?

Neither static nor immutable, our shared past thrums with life–and mystery–and adventure. Unique and powerful stories help explain who we are and how we got here. As a museum researcher and public engagement fellow, Dr. Schillace bring history to life: Machines that give birth? Electric shock to restore sight? Amputation, antiseptic, acid batteries, and x-rays: learn more about the strange rabbit holes and side paths that brought us to our present moment.

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“Schillace’s explorations are extensive and interdisciplinary, drawing on research in the sciences but also valuing the many expressions of death in the arts. […] This vibrant window to other lives also creates a deeper understanding of one’s own”

–Publisher’s Weekly

“In this thoughtful, wide-ranging examination, Schillace looks at how cultures worldwide have dealt with death, both in the past
and the present.”

  • –The Boston Globe

What's Afoot?

Sometimes research takes you places you didn't intend to go... Which is more than half the fun. Tracking down stories through history and across borders means regular travel and frequent stops. Recent trips took me to the Paris catacombs and then to the Scottish north coast--and later to Lexington, Kentucky (where a "birth manikin" resides). This coming season will see me in Leiden, brushing up on the history of electricity, and in Groningen, Netherlands for the European Association of Museums of the History of Medical Sciences. See what else is afoot:

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