Gerald Kutcher

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


***Professor Gerald Kutcher will not be in residence Spring 2015***

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 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:

Affiliated Research Scholar, Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
Guest Researcher, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (2012-14)

Current Book Project:

High Expectations: A History of Cancer Therapies

Published Books and Articles:

  • "A Case of Human Experimentation: The Patient as Subject, Object and Victim." In Cancer Patients, Cancer Pathways: Historical and Sociological Perspectives (Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History) edited by Carsten Timmerman and Elizabeth Toon. Manchester: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012, pp. 57-77.
  • Contested Medicine: Cancer Research and the Military. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, May 1, 2009
  • "Cancer Clinical Trials and the Transfer of Medical Knowledge: Metrology, Contestation and Local Practice." In Devices and Designs: Medical Innovations in Historical Perspective edited by Carsten Timmerman and Julie Anderson. Manchester: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, pp.212-230.
  • "Cancer Therapy and Military Cold War Research: Crossing Epistemological and Ethical Boundaries." History Workshop Journal 56 (2003):105-130.  Additional 130 Publications in Medical Physics and Radiation Oncology Journals

Books Reviews:

  • Under The Radar: Cancer and the Cold War, Ellen Leopold. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2009. Social History of Medicine, 28 (2009): 328-9.
  • 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: 3-4 (2005): 535.

Selected Talks and Invited Lectures:

  • "Geoffrey Keynes: Medical Savant Connoisseur and Literary Bibliographer," St. Andrews, 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 2, 2013
  • "Research in the Wild: Controversies Over the US War on Cancer." Department of History, Cleveland State University, September 25, 2012
  • "Cancer Therapy with Neutrons: A Case Study of Failure." Cleveland Clinic, September 25, 2012
  • "Research in the Wild: Controversies Over the US War on Cancer." Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University, April 2012
  • "Controversy, Mistrust even Witchcraft: The Failure of Neutron Therapy." NIH History Office, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, December 2011
  • "Cancer Therapy with Neutrons: A Case Study of Failure." Program in History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester University, March 2011
  • "Neutron Therapy for Cancer: A Study of Failure." Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, March 2011
  • "Fast Neutrons for Cancer Therapy: A Case Study of Failure." History of Science Program, Princeton University, March 2010
  • "Dueling Cyclotrons: The Battle Between Hammersmith and Edinburgh over the Value of Neutrons in Treating Cancer." Rochester, MN, April 2010

Grants, Awards & Fellowships:

  • Jean-Pierre Mileur Research Grant, Harpur College (2014-15)
  • Harpur College Grant in Support of Research (2012-13)
  • Harpur College Grant in Support of Research (2011-12)
  • Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (2011-12)
  • Harpur College Grant in Support of Resarch (2009-10)
  • Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (October 2007-)
  • Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (January – August, 2007)
  • Dean's Research Leave (Spring Semester, 2007)
  • Additional 11 government and industrial grants in medical physics (1987-2003)

Last Updated: 12/4/14