Felix Rietmann



History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health (18th-21st century)

History of Health and Illness in Childhood

History of Medical Technology

Medical Anthropology

Film and Medicine

Literature and Medicine

Material and Visual Culture of Medicine

Research Associate SNSF
Medicine Section


Felix is an SNSF Ambizione fellow at the chair for medical humanities. He leads a small research group with a project entitled Raising a Well-Grown Child: Media and Material Cultures of Child Health in the Early Nineteenth Century (https://p3.snf.ch/project-193557). The project explores the cultural history of child health in German and French-speaking Europe in the early nineteenth century focusing on an analysis of popular periodicals, material culture, and domestic, medical, and pedagogical practices. See also: https://www.unifr.ch/research/en/news/news/26625/trad. Additionally, Felix is currently finalizing a book manuscript entiteled Watching Babies: A History of Infant Mental Health (in preparation for publication with the Chicago University Press) that tells the story of how the baby has become a patient in twentieth and twenty-first century mental healthcare. He is also working on another book project on the history of pediatric pharmaceuticals in Switzerland. Since 2020, Felix is secretary of the Swiss Society for the History of Medicine, and, since 2024, co-editor-in-chief of the European Journal for the History of Medicine and Health.

Felix was awarded a joint PhD from the Program in the History of Science and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton University (USA) in 2018. His PhD-thesis explores the use of audiovisual technologies in the history of early chilhood psychiatry. In 2010, Felix received a Doctor medicinae (doctoral degree in medicine) from the Charité Berlin (Germany) and an MSc in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from Imperial College London (UK). In 2008, he graduated with an medical degree from the Charité. Subsequently, he worked as an assistant doctor in, first, internal medicine, and, later, pediatrics and child psychiatry.

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