Gerald Kutcher

Professor, History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
Ph.D. Physics, City University of New York
Office: LT 611
Phone: (607) 777-6603  
E-mail:  gkutcher@binghamton.edu

 


My major interests are in the histories of medicine, science, public health and bioethics. My research efforts have primarily focused on the study of scientific practices in twentieth century medicine. I bring to these studies an appreciation of how scientific knowledge claims are the products of social negotiation. I examine how social constructions of knowledge influence medical practices as well shape ethical behavior. I am currently working on a monograph on a history of cancer therapies, which will follow the contested development of cancer therapies in the twentieth century through a series of case studies. This history will emphasize the mutually reinforcing roles of technology, industry and government in the development of cancer treatments. 


Recent or current undergraduate courses:

History of Medicine
Public Health, Society and State
History of Bioethics
War and Medicine
Cancer in the Modern World

Recent or current graduate courses:

Public Health, Society and State
History of Bioethics

Additional Appointments:

Affiliate Scholar, Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge (2016-19)
Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (2007- )
Guest Researcher, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (2012-14)

Recent Awards External:

Visiting Scholar, Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, (2015)
Guest Researcher, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (2012-14)
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (2011-12)

Recent Awards Internal:

Jean-Pierre Mileur Faculty Development Fund Grant (2016-17)
John Pierre Mileur Grant, Harpur College (2014-15)
Harpur College Grant in Support of Research (2012-13)
Harpur College Grant in Support of Research (2011-12)

Harpur College Grant in Support of Research (2009-10)

Current Book Project:

Failing Forward: The Contested Development of Cancer Therapies

Recent Publications:

Contested Medicine: Cancer Research and the Military, University Of Chicago Press, 2009

“Geoffrey Keynes’s Two-Fold Vision: Medical Savant-Connoisseur and Literary Bibliographer,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 71 (2016): 377-399.

Book Review, Peter Keating and Alberto Cambrosio, Cancer on Trial, University of Chicago Press, 2012, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 71(2016): 109-11.

Ellen Yorke, Andrew Jackson, and Gerald Kutcher, “Treatment Plan Evaluation,” in Kahn’s Treatment Planning in Radiation Oncology, 4th Edition, edited by Faiz Kahn, John Gibbons, Paul Sperduto, Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Publishers (2016): 377-94.

“A Case of Human Experimentation: The Patient as Subject, Object and Victim.” In Cancer Patients, Cancer Pathways: Historical and Sociological Perspectives, eds. Carsten Timmerman and Elizabeth Toon. Manchester: Palgrave, (2012): 57-77

Book Review, Ellen Leopold, Under The Radar: Cancer and the Cold War, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2009, Social History of Medicine, 28 (2009): 328-9
“Cancer Clinical Trials and the Transfer of Medical Knowledge: Metrology, Contestation and Local Practice.” Devices and Designs: Medical Innovations in Historical Perspective eds. Carsten Timmerman and Julie Anderson.  Manchester: Palgrave Macmillan, (2006): 212-230

Book Review, Useful Bodies: Humans in the Service of Medical Science in the Twentieth Century, edited by Jordan Goodman, Anthony McElligott and Lara Marks. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.  History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 27 (2005): 535

“Cancer Therapy and Military Cold War Research: Crossing Epistemological and Ethical Boundaries.” History Workshop Journal 56 (2003): 105-130

Recent Selected Presentations:

“Bombing Cancer: The Contested Development of Radium Tele-therapy in the UK,” American Association for the History of Medicine, Minneapolis, May, 2016

“TwoFold Always: Geoffrey Keynes Surgeon and Blake Scholar Challenges the Radical Mastectomy,” Department of History, Binghamton University, March 2016

“Geoffrey Keynes’ TwoFold Vision: Medical Savant-Connoisseur & Literary Bibliographer,” Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, Nov. 2015.

“Bombing Cancer: The Troubled History of Radium Tele-therapy,” Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, Oct. 2015.

 “Geoffrey Keynes: Medical Savant Connoisseur and Literary Bibliographer,” St. Andrews, British Society for the History of Science, Scotland, July 5, 2014

“Controversy, Mistrust even Witchcraft: The Failure of Neutron Cancer Therapy.”  Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, May 2013

“Research in the Wild: Controversies over the US War on Cancer.”  Department of History, Cleveland State University & Cleveland Clinic, September 2012

“Controversy, Mistrust even Witchcraft: The Failure of Neutron Therapy,” NIH History Office, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, December 2011

“Fast Neutrons for Cancer Therapy: A Case Study of Failure,” Princeton University, March 2010

“Dueling Cyclotrons: The Battle Between Hammersmith and Edinburgh over the Value of Neutrons in Treating Cancer,” American Association for the History of Medicine, Rochester, MN, April 2010

“Radiation Sickness in Cold War Cancer Therapy and Military Medicine,” Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK, August 2009

“Controversial Medical Research and the Restoration of Public Trust,” UCLA, April 2008.

“Research Practices and Clinical Conduct in Post-World War II Human Radiation Experiments:  A View through the Lens of the Saenger Case,” University of Chicago, March 2008

“The Notorious Saenger Case: What Does it Tell Us About Post-World War II Medical Research Practices and Clinical Conduct?” University of Bristol, UK, November 2007

Other Related Professional Activities:

MPhil Dissertation Reviewer, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, 2016

Beds not Bombs: Exploring the Archives of Anti-Nuclear Medical Campaigning and Protest, Conference, Wellcome Library, London, June, 2014

MPhil Dissertation Reviewer, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, 2013

Workshop Participant, The Great Chain of Being, University of Cambridge, January 2007

Co-director, Science Studies Workshop, Binghamton University, 2005-8

Member, UN & IAEA Site Visit Team to Review Radiation Accidents in Costa Rica, 1997

Courses:

  • Cancer in the Modern World, Undergraduate Lecture Course
  • War and Medicine & Modern Culture, Undergraduate Lecture Course
  • Gender & Science Studies, Graduate Independent Study
  • History of Bioethics, Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Seminar
  • History of Medicine, Undergraduate Lecture Course
  • Public Health, Society and State, Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Seminar
  • Science, Technology and Colonial Medicine, Graduate Independent Study
  • Science Studies, Independent Graduate Study
  • Science, Technology and Society, Graduate Seminar
  • History of US Women in Healthcare, Independent Graduate Study

           

Last Updated: 12/15/16