Delia Gavrus


Delia Gavrus Title: Associate Professor and Chancellor's Research Chair
Office: 3A23
Building: Ashdown
Phone: 204.786.9398

Teaching Areas: History of science, medicine, technology; American and Canadian cultural and social history

HIST-2900(6) History of Science
HIST-3901(3) The Scientific Revolution
HIST-3911(3) History of Madness and Psychiatry
HIST-3913(3) History of Disease
HIST-4902(6) Topics in the History of Science: The Mind and Brain in History


Selected Publications:

“Opening the Skull: Neurosurgery as a Case Study of Surgical Specialisation,” Handbook of the History of Surgery, ed. Thomas Schlich, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp. 435-455.

The History of the Brain and Mind Sciences: Technique, Technology, Therapy. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2017 (volume co-edited with Stephen T. Casper).

The History of the Brain & Mind Sciences

“Introduction: Technique, Technology, and Therapy in the Mind and Brain Sciences.” In The History of the Brain and Mind Sciences: Technique, Technology, Therapy, edited by Stephen T. Casper and Delia Gavrus, 1-24. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2017.

“Epilepsy and the Laboratory Technician: Technique in Histology and Fiction.” In The History of the Brain and Mind Sciences: Technique, Technology, Therapy, edited by Stephen T. Casper and Delia Gavrus, 136-163. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2017.

“‘Making Bad Boys Good:’ Brain Surgery and the Juvenile Court in Progressive Era America,” In Technological Change in Modern Surgery: Historical Perspectives on Innovation, edited by Thomas Schlich and Christopher Crenner, 71-99. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2017.

“Émigré Scientists and the Global Turn in the History of Science: A Commentary on the Special Issue on Forced Migration in Neuroscience during the Twentieth Century,” Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 2016, 25, (3) 362–367.

"Skill, Judgment, and Conduct for the First Generation of Neurosurgeons, 1900-1930." In Medical History 59(3) (2015): 361-378. 

“Informed Consent and the History of Neurosurgery,” in Jens Clausen and Neil Levy (eds.): Handbook of Neuroethics. Dordrecht: Springer (2014): 505-518.

“Men of Dreams and Men of Action: Neurologists, Neurosurgeons and the Performance of Professional Identity, 1925–1950.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 85(1) (2011): 57–92.

“Envisioning Cyclopropane: Scientific Product or Medical Technology?” Scientia Canadensis, Journal of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association 33(1) (2010): 3–28.

“Standardization and Specialty Formation in the Early Twentieth Century: The Case of Neurosurgery.” In European Academy for Standardization Proceedings 2007, Jorg Grondahl, Kai Jakobs and Angelos I. Zachariadis, eds. Aachen, Germany: Wissenschafts Verlag Mainz in Aachen (2007): 95–104.

“Mind over Matter: Sherrington, Penfield, Eccles, Walshe and the Dualist Movement in Neuroscience.” In MCIS Briefings, Comparative Program on Health and Society Lupina Foundation Working Papers Series 20052006, Jillian Clare Cohen and Lisa Forman, eds. University of Toronto (2006): 51–75.

J. M. Sargeant, B. Ramsingh, A. Wilkins, R. G. Travis, D. Gavrus and J. W. Snelgrove. “Constraints to Microbial Food Safety Policy: Opinions from Stakeholder Groups along the Farm to Fork Continuum,” Zoonoses and Public Health 54 (2007): 177–184.