Social History of Medicine


Social History of Medicine, which members receive free, three times every year, is one of the best-known scholarly journals in the field. Established in 1970 as the Bulletin for the Social History of Medicine, it publishes cutting-edge research on the history of all aspects of health, illness and medical treatment in the past, from antiquity to the present. Papers published in the journal not only seek to expand the boundaries of the discipline, but also to contribute to the central historiographic debates of our time. In the section of book reviews more extensive than in any comparable journal experts from across the globe examine a wide range of recent scholarly publications of interest to historians of medicine. The editors, editorial board and the contributors to Social History of Medicine are drawn from across the world, and from a range of professions and academic disciplines. Above all, the journal is committed to advancing international and interdisciplinary dialogue between different approaches to the history of medicine in society.


To subscribe to the journal and join the SSHM, please follow this link to our How to join the SSHM website.
If you experience any problems with your Social History of Medicine subscription, please contact our Membership Secretary: David Cantor, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, Executive Plaza North, Suite 2025, 6130 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20892-7309, U.S.A. You could also contact the Society Liaison Officer at Oxford University Press: Paula Thomson, OUP, Customer Services Department, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP, UK

Tables of Contents Service and Archive

If you are interested in receiving a copy of each new table of contents by e-mail, please subscribe to the Tables of Contents Service.

The Archive provides table of contents and abstracts from vol. 9 (1996) onwards.

The full text of Social History of Medicine is available online from 2002. Print subscribers can access the full online version at no additional cost, simply complete the brief registration process with OUP (registration only required once).

Special Issue

The Year 1000, Vol 13/2, 2000.

Instructions to Authors

You can either read the html-version or download Instructions for Authors (pdf-file).


Please follow this link to reach the journal's Oxford University Press website


last update 30.09.2020 - webmaster