prof. dr. F.G. (Frank G.) Huisman

Full Professor

  • Department of Public Health, Healthcare Innovation & Evaluation and Medical Humanities (PHM)
  • Julius Center Research Program Infectious Diseases

prof. dr. F.G. (Frank G.) Huisman

Research Programs


Frank Huisman (1956) studied History at Groningen University. In 1992, he earned his PhD at the Free University in Amsterdam with a thesis on early modern Dutch health care, for which he was awarded the five-yearly Lindeboom prize. In 1998, he became lecturer at the History Department of Maastricht University, and in 2006 he was appointed professor in the History of Medicine at the University Medical Centre in Utrecht, where he is also a member of the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities. He is a board member of the Dutch Science Society (GeWiNa), and past-President of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH). He is also a founding member of the Dutch reform movement ‘Science in Transition’ (

Huisman has published on Dutch medicine and health care in both the early modern and the modern era, and on medical historiography. His books include Locating Medical History. The Stories and Their Meanings (with John Harley Warner), and Health and Citizenship. Political Cultures of Health in Modern Europe (with Harry Oosterhuis). While he is currently working on a monograph on the transformation of the Dutch health care system between 1880 and 1940, he is supervising a research program called ‘Medicine in Transition’, dealing with the complexities and paradoxes of the modern system of health care.

Side Activities

  • Staff member of the Huizinga Institute for Cultural History (since 1995)

    Board member of the Foundation Historia Medicinae (since 2006)

    Board member of the Dutch Science Society (GeWiNa) (since 2007)

    Member of the Editorial Board of Medical History (since 2011)

    Member of the Advisory Committee of the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History / Bulletin canadien d’histoire de la médicine (since 2012)

    Chair of the Scientific Board (and Past-President) of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (since 2013)

Fellowship and Awards

  • None

Research Output (79)

Kijken, kunst en kunde

Imhof Saskia, Huisman Frank G., ten Cate Olle 6 dec 2019, p. 11-13 3 p.

Kijken, kunst en kunde. Over onderwijs en A. Albert Hijmans van den Bergh

van Royen Annet , Huisman Frank G., ten Cate Olle, Imhof Saskia 2019,

Creating reflective citizen-physicians: teaching medical history to medical students

Huisman Frank G. 2019, p. 18-42

Op zoek naar balans. Over de clinicus, de onderzoeker en de leermeester Hijmans van den Bergh

Huisman Frank G. 2019, p. 25-39

EBM in der Krise? Ein Kommentar zur Notwendigkeit zeithistorischer medizinischer Analysen der evidence-based medicine

Bolt Timo, Huisman Frank 1 jan 2018, In: Medizinhistorisches Journal. 53 , p. 59-70 12 p.

Leerboek medische geschiedenis

Hillen H.F., Houwaart E.S., Huisman F.G. 2018, 243 p.

Inleiding: medische geschiedenis en academische vorming

Huisman FG 2018, p. xii-xiii

De maatschappelijke reacties op ziekte

Huisman FG 2018, p. 19-31

De arts-patiëntrelatie

Huisman FG 2018, p. 139-151

De medische professie

Huisman FG 2018, p. 179-191

All Research Output (79)