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.


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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...

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Susan D. Lamb, PhD, has been awarded the 2016 Cheiron Book Prize for The Pathologist of the Mind: Adolf Meyer and the Origins of American Psychiatry (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences awards the prize biennially for an outstanding monograph in the history of the social/behavioral/human sciences...


Keith A. Wailoo, Princeton University
How Cool Got In: Smoker Psychology and the "Therapeutics" of Menthol in the Early Years
3:00-4:30 p.m.,...
Marian Moser Jones, University of Maryland, College Park
Dispatches from the Second Battlefield: Four Hopkins Nurses Tell Their World War I Stories
Robin Scheffler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research and Cold War Planning at the Special Virus Leukemia Program
3:00-4:30 p.m., Institute...
Christian Pross, Behandlungszentrum für Folteropfer, Berlin
Revolution and Madness: The Case of a Radical Anti-Psychiatric Group in West Germany in...