Kate Grauvogel is a historian of modern medicine and science in the United States and Europe. Tracing the history of blood clots in women from the late 18th century to the mid-20th century, her dissertation shows how research on women’s bodies shaped scientific practices and discoveries. These include experimental methods, pathological theories about the causes of clotting and their relationship to pregnancy and disease, the development of endocrinology, and hormone therapies, especially birth-control pills.
Kate is completing her PhD in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Indiana University, Bloomington. Grants and fellowships from the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine; the National Science Foundation; the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science; the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation; and numerous libraries have supported her work.