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John L. Beusterien is an assistant professor of Spanish at Albion College, 611 East Porter Street, Albion, MI 49224 (e-mail: He has written on a variety of topics concerning Spain in the early modern period, such as the Spanish cultural activity in Amsterdam, the sub-Saharan African presence on the Iberian Peninsula, and the practice of circumcision. He is currently preparing a book entitled Blood Fictions from Spain: A Genealogy of Race.

Anne Taylor Kirschmann recently received her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. The current paper is drawn from her dissertation: A Vital Force: Women Physicians and Patients in American Homeopathy, 18501930. Her research interests include twentieth-century medicine, alternative medicine, and women in the health professions. She is currently researching the twentieth-century American anti-vaccination movement. Her address is 48 Indian Cove Road, Marion, MA 02738 (e-mail:

Michael Stolberg, M.D., Ph.D., teaches medical history and medical sociology at the Technical University of Munich, Ismaninger Str. 22, D-81675 Munich, Germany (e-mail: He is currently a recipient of a Heisenberg grant from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. His earlier work focused on the history of public health, health care, epidemics, and environmental hygiene in the nineteenth century. Over the last years, his research interests have shifted toward academic medicine in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Germany and the lay experience of illness and the body in early modern Europe.

Victoria Sweet is a graduate student in the Department of the History of Health Sciences at the University of California in San Francisco. She is currently working on her dissertation, which is tentatively entitled, “Viriditas: Hildegard of Bingen and Modes of Transformation in the Medieval World.” Her research interests include the relationship between practice and theory in medieval medicine, and between medieval agriculture and medicine. Her address is: 1947 Alameda de la Pulgas, Redwood City, CA 94061 (e-mail:


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