On anatomical collections

The Afterlive of the Leiden Anatomical Collections: Hands On, Hands Off (book, Routledge 2019).

“groundbreaking study … humourously and eloquently written” (BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review; review by Tinne Claes)
“significant contribution … of interest and use to many historians of modern medicine” (Bulletin of the History of Medicine; review by Anna Maerker)

“Adieu Albinus: How the Preparations in the Nineteenth-Century Leiden Anatomical Collections Lost Their Past”, in The Fate of Anatomical Collections, edited by R. Knoeff and R. Zwijnenberg (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), 113–128.

“Komt dat zien? Anatomische preparatencollecties en het publiek” [“Anatomical collections and the public”], in Vesalius: Het lichaam in beeld, ed. Geert Vanpaemel (Leuven: Davidsfonds, 2014), 106–112.

“In Perpetual Motion: How we Should Think about Human Tissue Collections”, Medicine Anthropology Theory 1 (1 December 2014).

with Marieke Hendriksen and Rina Knoeff (all authors contributed equally), “Recycling Anatomical Preparations”, in Medical Museums: Past, Present, Future, edited by S. Alberti and E. Hallam (London: Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2013), 74–87.

“Collecties op college: Het gebruik van anatomische preparaten in het negentiende-eeuwse geneeskundeonderwijs aan de Nederlandse universiteiten” [“Collections in the Classroom: The Use of Anatomical Preparations in Nineteenth-Century Medical Teaching”], in Van lectio tot powerpoint: Over de geschiedenis van het onderwijs aan de Nederlandse universiteiten, edited by L.J. Dorsman and P.J. Knegtmans (Hilversum: Verloren, 2011), 25–41.

“Weg met pottenkijkers! Hoe het publiek verdween uit het Leids anatomisch kabinet” [“How the Public Disappeared from the Leiden Anatomical Cabinet”], Negentiende Eeuw 34 (2010): 193–208.

On fatness

Standardizing Slimness: How Body Weight Quantified Beauty in the Netherlands, 1870–1940”, in Beauty and the Norm: Debating Standardization in Bodily Appearance, edited by Claudia Liebelt, Sarah Böllinger, and Ulf Vierke, 45–72. (Palgrave 2019).
Experts by Experience: Lay Users as Authorities in Slimming Remedy Advertisements, 1918–1939”, BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review 132:1 (2017), 126–48.

De geschiedenis van de BMI“, Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde 161:2 (2017), D1242

“A Few Questions on Weight”, in New Generations in Medical Humanities (2015), 18–19.

Individualizing Fatness, or: Why Being Jewish Lowered Your Life Insurance Premiums in the Early Twentieth Century”, Shells and Pebbles (blog), 17 August 2015.

On digital humanities

Experts by Experience: Lay Users as Authorities in Slimming Remedy Advertisements, 1918–1939”, BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review 132:1 (2017), 126–48. doi:10.18352/bmgn-lchr.10313.
with Bram Mellink, “Phrasing History: Selecting Sources in Digital Repositories”, Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History 49:4 (2016), 220–29. doi:10.1080/01615440.2016.1205964.

“New Generations and the Digital Humanities”, Centre for Medical Humanities Blog (blog), 18 February 2015.

with Toine Pieters,“Using Digitized Newspaper Archives to Investigate Identity Formation in Long-Term Public Discourse”, in Digital Humanities 2014 Book of Abstracts (2014), 210–211.


H.M. Huistra, “Vrouwen tellen: lastiger dan het lijkt“, de Volkskrant, 5 August 2015, p. 20.

H.M. Huistra and A.G.M. Mellink (both authors contributed equally), “Criminaliteit bestrijden? Zet alle mannen het land uit“, de Volkskrant online, 31 March 2014.

H.M. Huistra, T. Cocquyt, H.N. Asper and T. van der Valk, “Proeven van Vroeger: Een ANW-module wetenschapsgeschiedenis” [“A high-school history of science course”], NVOX 37 (2012), 422–424.

“Weerkunde van weleer: Buys Ballot en zijn wet.” [“Meteorology of Yesteryear: Buys Ballot and His Law”], Zenit 33 (2006), 76–79.

Book reviews

Review of: Jane Maienschein, Embryos under the Microscope: The Diverging Meanings of Life, in Isis 106 (2015), 696–697.

Review of the anatomical museum Museum Vrolik, in Studium 7 (2014), 63–64.

Review of: Laurens de Rooy et al., Verzamelaars van Vorm, in Studium 3 (2010), 96–97.

Review of: Mart van Lieburg, Al doende leert men: De Rotterdamse jaren van Gerrit Jan Mulder (1802–1880),in Geschiedenis der geneeskunde 14 (2010), 188–189.