Ori Ben-Shalom

Ori Ben-Shalom

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Research Interests: History of medicine; European history; Italian history; history of childhood; historical epistemology; epidemics; the Enlightenment.

Ori Ben-Shalom is a PhD student in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard. Ori is interested in the history of medicine in 18th- and 19th-century Europe. His current research project deals with the medicalization of children in Enlightenment Italy. Through analyzing the creation of new ways of studying and regulating children’s bodies, Ori examines the relations between expertise, scientific observations, and the medical understanding of childhood. Central to his project are experiments done with smallpox prophylaxes, methods of nourishing syphilitic children in foundling hospitals, and the increasing use of dissection to investigate children’s deaths.

Ori graduated from the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students at Tel Aviv University. In his master's thesis, he worked on the intersections of religion and medicine in times of plague and examined their relation to public health policies and medical practice in the early modern period.

Previous Degrees:

M.A., History, Tel Aviv University

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