Founded in 1929, we are the oldest academic department of the History of Medicine in the English-speaking world. We are dedicated to scholarship on the histories of medicine, disease, the health sciences, and their relationships to society.


The History of Medicine


Making of a Tropical Disease

Reviews in History has named Dept. Chair Randall Packard's The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria (JHUP, 2007) one of the most significant and or influential history books of the last twenty years:

Department Chair Randall M. Packard's new book, A History of Global Health: Interventions into the Lives of Other Peoples (Johns Hopkins University Press), is out now. The book examines the limits of international health interventions in underdeveloped areas, despite the billions of dollars invested in such...

Nathaniel Comfort and Graham Mooney will work on an interdisciplinary NIH Center of Excellence reseach project with the Berman Institute of Bioethics to examine the ethical implications of using genomic information to help manage the prevention, control, and treatment of infectious diseases. The research team will develop and conduct three pilot projects that study how genomic information...


Our own graduate student Anna Weerasinghe will present "'Por serem peritas na arte': Witnessing Women's Medicine in Portuguese Goa, 1608-1611" as...
Mark Jenner of University of York will present "The Polite and the Excremental: Work, Commerce and Sanitation in Eighteenth-Century London " for the...
Erika Dyck of University of Saskatchewan will present "Dying under the Skies with Diamonds: A Historical Look at Psychedelics and Palliative Care" as...
Our own graduate student Emily Clark will present "'Such a Monster as I, May be Saved': Unnatural Mothers and Child Murder in New England Print...