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This week, The Washington Post features a fantastic article about the Opioid Industry Documents Archives (OIDA) project!

Read the article:

Inside the sales machine of the ‘kingpin’ of opioid makers


Johns Hopkins co-manages a vast digital archive of documents from lawsuits brought against opioid manufacturers, wholesalers, and pharmacies. The files—emails, sales reports, and other evidence—reveal how the opioid industry sought to increase sales of drugs they knew to be addictive and deadly.

The Opioid Industry Documents Archive is a digital repository of material generated by state and federal lawsuits against drug companies and managed by Johns Hopkins University and the University of California at San Francisco. The JHU side of the project is led by individuals from across the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing, including our very own Dr. Jeremy Greene.

Mary E. Fissell, PhD

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the 2022 AAHM Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY last weekend, we are delighted to relay the news that our own Dr. Mary Fissell has just been been elected to the leadership of the American Association for the History of Medicine—to a roomful of acclaim and applause! This is no small honor and no small task: for the next six years Mary will serve first as Vice President, then as President, and then as Past President.

Please join us in congratulating Mary on this well-deserved recognition of her scholarship, mentoring, vision, and leadership in the field of the history of medicine!

Our very own Dr. Jeremy Greene will be giving two Harvard University Mind, Brain, & Behavior (MBB) Distinguished Lectures this week, which you can attend virtually! Check them out:

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Machines, Minds, and Medicine

As a historian of science, medicine, and technology and a practicing physician, my current research centers on communications technologies and the nature of medical thought (for both patients and practitioners). These talks are drawn from my current book project, The Doctor Who Wasn’t There: Technology, History, and the Limits of Telehealth (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).  The first talk focuses on patients, and explores how the development of wearable wireless and DIY technologies for transmitting (and stimulating) brain functions reshaped patient experience and patient agency in the 20th century, especially around the contested definition of psychosis and the interface between neurology and psychiatry. The second talk focuses on physicians, and touches upon the role of algorithmic thinking in medical decision-making in postwar years, as early attempts at AI first modeled their decision processes after expert physicians (an origin of the “expert-systems” model of AI) and then became models for physicians to learn to think with as well.

Electronic Patients: The Wireless Brain

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Electronic Providers: The Push-Button Physician

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 4:00pm to 5:30pm