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September 2, 2020, Graham Mooney, '“A Menace to Public Health" - Contact Tracing and the Limits of Persuasion,' The New England Journal of Medicine

August 20, 2020, Marta Hanson, "...

Ayah Nuriddin with advisors Nathaniel Comfort and Nathan Connolly as she is inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honors Society.

On May 10, 2019,  ​Graduate student scholar Ayah Nuriddin was inducted into the Johns Hopkins innaugural class of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honors Society. Named for the first African American in the United States to receive a PhD, the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society seeks to develop a network of pre-...

The Department of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins is proud to introduce new online CME modules that provide a historical perspective on issues of relevance to clinical practice today. Our first module, which launched in January 2018, explores the social, political, and economic forces that continue to shape the dynamic boundaries of the medical profession. Medical professionalism is...


Dr. Graham Mooney of Johns Hopkins University will present "Baltimore's Excremental Politics" as part of our Fall 2020 Colloquium presented by the...
Dr. Gabriela Soto Laveaga of Harvard University will present "Beyond Science in the Fields: Hybrid Seeds, Race, and Land in the Making of the Green...
Dr. Yi-Li Wu of the University of Michigan will present '“Sending men to face blades and arrows”: Morality, medicine, and military wounds in the...