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...


David Carey, Jr. of Loyola Univeristy will present "Tropical Diseases in Mountainous Environments: Malaria and Highland Indians in Guatemala and...
Julie Livingston of New York University will present "Cattle/Beef – Health, Desire, and the Problem of Self-Devouring Growth in Botswana" as part of...
We are pleased to announce that Samuel K. Roberts, Jr. of Columbia University will present "Drugs, Politics, and Pariahs; Or How to Think About Race...
Our own postdoctoral fellow Rebecca Wilbanks, also a Hecht-Levi fellow at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, will present "Biology is Technology:...