Dr Justin Rivest
I grew up on a farm in Ontario and earned a BHum (2008) and MA (2010) from Carleton University and a PhD in the History of Medicine (2016) from Johns Hopkins University.
My research explores the early modern origins of the pharmaceutical industry. My PhD dissertation at Johns Hopkins studied royal monopoly privileges (the ancestors of modern drug patents) and familial drug monopolies. I have continued my research at the University of Cambridge, where I collaborated with Dr Emma Spary on a project entitled “Selling the Exotic in Paris and Versailles, 1670-1730,” which explored the importation of exotic plant substances into France. I am completing a monograph on early pharmaceutical monopolists and their role in supplying standardized drugs to large-scale consumers such as the French army, navy, overseas trading companies, and missionary societies circa 1670-1750.
I’ve taught on a variety of subjects, ranging from surveys of European history and the history of medicine to an upper-year history of science seminar on alchemy and astrology in early modern Europe.
At Cambridge I offer supervisions for Part II Paper 11 (Early Medicine) and Paper 14 (Material Culture), as well as sessions on French sources for the MPhil paleography workshop. In Lent 2020 I began teaching option iv of the Part I Themes and Sources Paper, “Remaking the Modern Body.”
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Faculty of History, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9EF