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 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: 8/12/16