Professor Emeritus

227 Science Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138



Curriculum Vitæ



Ph.D., Columbia University, 1961
M.A., Columbia University, 1957
B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1956

Selected Work


The Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849 and 1866. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1962. (Reprinted in paperback, University of Chicago, Phoenix Books, 1968; second ed. with new afterword, 1987.)

The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America's Hospital System (New York: Basic Books, 1987).

With Janet Golden, Pictures of Health, A Photographic History of Health Care in Philadelphia, 1860 1945(University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991).

With Janet Golden, Framing Disease, Studies in Cultural History (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1992), author of "Framing Disease: Illness, Society, and History," pp. xiii xxvi and individual headnotes.

Explaining Epidemics and other studies in the History of Medicine (Cambridge University Press, 1992).

No Other Gods. On Science and American Social Thought . Revised and Expanded Ed. (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997). Expanded version of a book originally published in 1976 with a new preface "Science in Play," ix xvi, and three additional chapters.

Right Living: An Anglo-American Tradition of Self-Help Medicine and Hygiene. (Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), editor and author of “Preface” and “Health in the Home. A Tradition of Print and Practice,” pp. 1-20.

Editor, with Rosemary Stevens and Lawton R. Burns, History and Health Policy in the United States. Putting the Past Back in. (New Brunswick and London: Rutgers University Press, 2006) and author of Chapter One: “Anticipated Consequences: Historians, History, and Health Policy,” pp. 13-31.

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