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Marianna Marianna Karamanou, MD, PhD
University Faculty, Affiliated Investigator

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Brief Bio

Marianna Karamanou, MD, PhD is a dermatologist-venereologist, Associate Professor of History of Medicine and Head of the Department of History of Medicine and Medical Deontology at the Medical School, University of Crete, Greece.

She holds a diploma in History of Medicine from the Medical School, Claude Bernard University, Lyon 1, France (Dissertation title: “The history of leprosy in Greece from antiquity to nowadays”) and a PhD in History of Medicine from History of Medicine Department, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece (Thesis title: “Five centuries of syphilis therapeutics”).

She was Visiting Professor at the University Institute of History of Medicine, Claude Bernard University - Lyon 1, France. Currently she is Research Associate at the Institute of the Humanities in Medicine, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland and Scientific Collaborator at the History of Medicine Department, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

Her research work covers the whole spectrum of the history of medicine and all time periods. Dr Karamanou has a special research interest in the history of medicine of 18th, 19th and 20th century, as well as, in the history of dermatology and venereology, oncology and cardiovascular medicine. Her research activity is reflected by publications in international peer-review journals (> 250 papers), communications and lectures in Greek and International conferences and book chapters. Part of the research scientific work has received national and international awards.

Assoc. Prof. Karamanou is the President of the Hellenic Department of Balkan Medical Union, an active member of the French Society of History of Medicine, board member of the Extroversion Committee of University of Crete and board member of the Museum of Medicine of University of Crete. Furthermore, she organized/co-organized 17 panhellenic congresses of History of Medicine, 2 international congresses of History of Medicine and a Summer School on Stigma in Medicine at Spinalonga island (7/ 2018).

Selected Publications

Karaberopoulos D, Karamanou M, Androutsos G. The theriac in antiquity. Lancet. 2012 May 26; 379(9830):1942-3.

Karamanou M, Papaioannou TG, Soulis D, Tousoulis D. Engineering “Posthumans”: To Be or Not to Be? Trends Biotechnol. 2017 Aug;35(8):677-679

Karamanou M et al. Cardioseries: Landmarks in the history of Cardiology I-V Eur Heart J. 2014 Jul 14;35(27):1774-5.

Karamanou M, Christen-Zäch S. Chemical depilatories in ancient Rome: the torpedo formula. JAMA Dermatol. 2014 Nov; 150(11):1196.

Tekiner H, Karamanou M. Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry's The Old Fisherman-A Remarkable Example of Photodamaged Skin in Art. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Jul 1;153(7):680

Papaioannou TG, Karamanou M, Vavuranakis M, Tousoulis D. Health economics. Lancet. 2017 May 13;389(10082):1879

Karamanou M, Tzavellas E, Laios K, Koutsilieris M, Androutsos G. Melancholy as a risk factor for cancer: a historical overview. J BUON. 2016 May-Jun;21(3):756-9.

Karamanou M, Tsoucalas G, Zografos G, Vavuranakis M, Androutsos G. Le "cancer des fumeurs" in 19th century: the contribution of the French surgeon Étienne-Frédéric Bouisson (1813-1884). J BUON. 2018 Nov-Dec;23(6):1933-1938.

Karamanou M, Tsoucalas G, Pantos K, Androutsos G. Isolating Colchicine in 19th Century: An Old Drug Revisited. Curr Pharm Des. 2018;24(6):654-658

Iavazzo C, Papakiritsis M, Karamanou M, Ntziora F, Androutsos G. Ant mandibles as staples in the era of Greek patriot Ioannis Makriyannis (1797-1864). Acta Med Hist Adriat. 2013;11(2):359-64.

Karamanou M, Psaltopoulou T, Markatos K, Karaoglanis G, Androutsos G. Τreating the incurables: Cancer asylums in 18th and 19th century. J BUON. 2017 Sep-Oct;22(5):1367-1371.

Karamanou M, Abid L, Zografos G, Androutsos G. [Henri Hartmann (1860-1952): Great master of 20th century colorectal surgery]. Presse Med. 2017 Jun;46(6 Pt 1):620-624 [In French]


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