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Professor Emeritus
CB #3195

Curriculum Vitae


AB Harvard College, 1960
PhD Princeton University, 1965

Research Interests

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.
  • The Rational Surgery of the Middle Ages (SISMEL, 2006)