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Chang Xu is a PhD candidate in the department of history, focusing on early modern China. Her research interests include the history of medicine, military history and imperial history.
Her dissertation, tentatively entitled “Medicine on the March: Military Organizations, Medical Networks, and Empire Building, 1644-1800,” explores military medicine in Qing garrisons. It asks how the Qing raised and kept the virility of one of the largest armies in the eighteenth century, and tells a broader history of medicine and medical encounters within the context of imperialism, transregional connectivity and multi-ethnic governance. She will go to Taipei to conduct archival research for her dissertation.
Julia Ciurria, MB, BCh, BAO, is a clinical fellow in the division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis/St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She completed her medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and her pediatric residency at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University.
Her research interests include bioethics, improving emergency care for children with medical complexity, and pediatric pain management. Her project focuses on sampling historic texts to examine pediatric pain management and the medical community’s evolving perspective on the suffering of children.