THE ADVANCED STUDIES IN HISTORY OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE GROUP (GEHSM) encompasses varying lines of research that originate, in large part, from national competitive calls for research projects. Furthermore, since 2009 the group has been part of the Prometheus Program for Research Groups of Excellence from the Valencian Community (phases I and II) under the name of the GADEA Group.
The common denominator in its lines of research is the historical reflection on current issues in the field of the health sciences in such a manner that the group's contributions and research results can contribute, first, to enrich national and international historiographical debate, and second, to provide useful historical keys for understanding some of the questions that the health sciences and, above all, citizens as protagonists, have at the present time as a result from the challenges posed by health and illness.
Thus, its scientific activities are a reflection of the research trajectories consolidated in the fields of the history of public health in all aspects, nutrition, health education, physical disabilities, sexuality, and the health professions. The research focuses mainly on the Spanish experience, yet always framed within the international context and with common elements that give it internal consistency.
GEHSM investigators include three tenured faculty (one professor emeritus and two associate professors), one assistant professor, and one part-time lecturer possessing a PhD (accredited by ANECA for associate professor). All belong to the Science History area at the Miguel Hernández University, and they have been recognized for 12 six-year periods of research activity. In addition to this basic nucleus, the group also includes a predoctoral anthropologist and one PhD researcher in the Prometheus Program.
Ongoing lines of research, which can be consulted in the corresponding section, fall within the general objectives indicated as follows:
- Frame the current problems of research and healthcare practice within their historical context.
- Add consistency to current activities in the area of public health, making the Spanish and European historical tradition present in community health.
- Place, from a wider temporal perspective, the changes resulting from scientific ideas, processes of scientific communication, and popularization instruments.
- Examine in depth two large issues: research on nutrition from the 1920s to 1950s and the health and social struggle against poliomyelitis in Spain during the twentieth century.
- Know the main website indicators: webometrics and cybermetrics. Quality of the electronic document. Analyze results obtained by examining general search engines (Google, MSN Live Search, etc.): the impact from positioning on issues of nutrition and public health.
- Describe the sociocultural resonance, meanings, and implications of messages disseminated over the Internet, especially within the field of public health.