AB Harvard College, 1960
PhD Princeton University, 1965
Professor McVaugh’s research focuses on the growth of medical and surgical learning in the Middle Ages, particularly as shaped by the thirteenth- and fourteenth-century universities, and on the concomitant medicalization of European life. Since 1975 he has been a general editor of the collected Latin writings of one of the most famous of medieval physicians, Arnau de Vilanova (d. 1311), a series now nearly complete. Most recently he has been engaged in a series of studies investigating aspects of the process of translation of medical literature in the Middle Ages: translations between Arabic and Latin, between Hebrew and Latin, and between Latin and the European vernaculars.
Some Notable Publications
- “Hippocrates at Montpellier,” in Sicut dicit: Editing Ancient and Medieval Commentaries on Authoritative Texts, ed. Shari Boodts, Pieter De Leemans, and Stefan Schorn (Turnhout: Brepols, 2019), 47-67.
- “Academic Medicine and the Vernacularization of Medieval Surgery: The Case of Bernat de Berriac,” in El saber i les llengües vernacles a l’època de Llull i Eximenis, ed. Anna Alberni, Lola Badia, Lluís Cifuentes, and Alexander Fidora (Barcelona: Abadia de Montserrat, 2012), 257–81
- The Rational Surgery of the Middle Ages (SISMEL, 2006)
- Medicine before the Plague: Doctors and Patients in the Crown of Aragon, 1285–1335 (Cambridge University Press, 1993, reprint 2002)
- Arnaldi de Villanova Opera Medica Omnia (University of Barcelona, 1975–present)