Dean of Freshman

Director of Academic Advising

121 Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 S. 36th Street


(215) 898-6341


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
B.A., The Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests

American medical profession's negotiations for social and cultural authority, with a special interest in medical-legal interactions
Development of medical education and training programs in the twentieth century
Social history of mental illness, particularly the development of forensic psychiatry in the United States
Traditions of public health provision in the United States
Policing and accreditation mechanisms for American healers

Selected Work

Major Problems in the History of American Medicine and Public Health, a reader co-edited with John H. Warner (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Press, 2000).

"The Legal Art of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Searching for Reliability." in Framing Disease, eds. Charles Rosenberg and Janet Golden (Rutgers University Press, 1992).

"Never Knowing One's Place: Temple University School of Medicine and the American Medical Education Hierarchy," Transactions and Studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, vol. 12 (Sept. 1990), pp. 311-334.

"The New York Medico-Legal Society: Legitimating An Unstable Union," The International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, vol. 9 (1986), pp. 231-243.

"'Be It Ever So Little': Reforming the Insanity Defense in the Progressive Era," Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 57 (Fall 1983), pp. 397-411.

"Francis Wharton and the Nineteenth Century Insanity Defense: The Origins of a Reform Tradition," American Journal, vol. 27 (Summer 1983), pp. 223-253.

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