Professor Pierce Grace

Professor Pierce Grace
Visiting Faculty
Honorary Fellow

Pierce Grace (M.A., M.Ch., F.R.C.S.I, F.R.C.S.) is a retired surgeon and an adjunct professor at the University of Limerick School of Medicine. His historical interests are focused on social history with a particular emphasis on the history of medicine in Ireland. He is a regular contributor to the Irish Medical Times.


Select publications

'Therapeutic bloodletting in Ireland from the medieval period to modern times' in Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy: Archaeology, Culture, History, Literature, 2021, Vol. 121C (2021), pp. 227-248.

‘Medicine in Gaelic Ireland and Scotland, c.1350 – c.1750’ in Irish Historical Studies 44 (2020), pp 201-223.

(with Desmond Leddin) ‘An Orpen attributed: Sir William Orpen and the Dalhousie Hospital in France’ in The Irish Sword xxxii (2019), pp 165-170.

‘From blefed to scamach: pestilence in early medieval Ireland’, in Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 118C (2018), pp 1- 27.

‘Patronage and healthcare in eighteenth-century Irish county infirmaries’, in Irish Historical Studies 41 (2017), pp 1-21.

The Middle Class of Callan – Maynooth Studies in Local History No 120 (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2015).

‘In a time of cholera’ in Irish Journal of Medical Science 183 (2014), pp 133-7.

‘The medical judgements of the Brehon law’, in Katharine Simms (ed.), Gaelic Ireland (c.600- c1700); politics, culture and landscapes (Dublin, Wordwell, 2013), pp 35-41.

‘Medicine in prefamine Callan’ in Old Kilkenny Review 65 (2013), 71-80.

‘Revolution to evolution, ninety years of general hospitals in Ireland’ in Administration 59 (2011), pp 49-71.

‘Repression, the Amritsar massacre 1919: the Irish connection’ in History Ireland 18 (2010), pp 24-5.

‘”Carbuncles, ulcers and postules” – the Black Death in Ireland 1348-49’ in Old Kilkenny Review 60 (2008), pp 107-112.

‘Med, medicine and machines’ in Irish Journal of Medical Science 166 (1997), pp 152-6.

‘Doctors differ over the German crown prince’ in British Medical Journal 305 (1993), pp 1536-8.

‘First among women’ in British Medical Journal 303 (1991), pp 1582-3.