Director of the Medicine and the Medici in Grand Ducal Tuscany Research Program
John Henderson is one of the leading historians of medicine in Renaissance and early modern Tuscany. He is Professor of Italian Renaissance History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London, and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. At present he is Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti, Florence, Harvard University’s Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Professor Henderson has published a wide range of books and articles on the social, religious and medical history of medieval and renaissance Tuscany. Major monographs include: Piety and Charity in Late Medieval Florence, (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1994; Chicago University Press, 1997; Casa Editrice Le Lettere, Florence, 1998); The Great Pox. The French Disease in Renaissance Europe, with J. Arrizabalaga and R. French (Yale University Press, 1997), and most recently The Renaissance Hospital. Healing the Body and Healing the Soul (Yale University Press, 1997). He is at present completing a book on plague in early modern Florence. He has also co-edited and written the Introduction to a number of volumes including: Christianity and the Renaissance, ed. with Timothy Verdon (Syracuse University Press, 1990; Poor Women and Children in the European Past, with Richard Wall, Routledge, 1994; ‘Medicina dell’Anima , Medicina del Corpo: l’Ospedale in Europa tra medio evo ed età moderna’, with Alessandro Pastore: special issue of Medicina e Storia, III (2003); The Impact of Hospitals in Europe 1000–2000: People, Landscapes, Symbols, with Peregrine Horden and Alessandro Pastore (Peter Lang, 2006); and ‘Teoria e pratica Medica. Rimedi e formacopee in età moderna’, with Marina Garbellotti, Medicina e storia, 15 (2008).