Jake Spidle

Associate Professor Emeritus

Email: jspidle@unm.edu
Phone: (505) 277-4448
Office: Mesa Vista 2062


B.A. in History and Chemistry, Vanderbilt University, 1963
M.A. in Modern European History, Vanderbilt University, 1965
Ph.D. in Modern European History, Stanford University, 1972

Research Interests:

Germany, Medicine

Research Statement:

History of Medicine, Modern Germany, and Victorian Britain; 19th and 20th century medicine, Southwestern (US) medicine, Wilhelmine Germany, and Victorian Biography


Professor Spidle is particularly interested in the history of modern medicine, especially that of New Mexico and the American Southwest. His ongoing research focuses on these areas, but from his research in British medicine, he has branched into a broader study of the Victorian Age. He is presently working on two major research projects, one focused on the development of public health in twentieth century New Mexico and the other involving Victorian biography and social history.

Recent/Select Publications:

Doctors of Medicine in New Mexico: A History of Health and Medical Practice, 1886-1986 (1986)

The Lovelace Medical Center: Pioneer in American Health Care (1987)

"The Historical Roots of Managed Care" in Bennahum, ed., Managed Care: Financial, Legal, and Ethical Issues (1999).


Summer Research Fellow, 1992, The Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, The Wellcome Library (London, England)

Research Fellow, 1990, The Rockefeller Archive Center

1986 Gilberto Espinosa Prize for the best article of the year submitted to the New Mexico Historical Review


Western Civilization since 1648; Historiography; History of Medicine; Victorian Age; Victorian Biography; Biography and History; History of Horse Racing; Africa since 1800; History of Medicine to 1850; History of Modern Medicine; European Diplomatic History; Germany