Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences

324 Claudia Cohen Hall
Office Hours: M 2:30-3:30 and by appt.


(215) 898-5621


M.D., Yale University School of Medicine
M.A., Columbia University, Teachers College
B.A., University of Michigan

Dr. Aronowitz is on sabbatical for the academic year 2017-2018, and is also a Guggeheim Fellow for 2017-2018.

Research Interests

history of 20th century disease, epidemiology, population health

Selected Work

Risky Medicine: Our Quest to Cure Fear and Uncertainty (University of Chicago Press, 2015)

"From Skid Row to Main Street:The Bowery Series and the Transformation of Prostate Cancer, 1951-1966"  Bulletin of the Journal of Medicine, 2013. SEE PDF BELOW.  This article the basis for an article by Gina Kolata on the front page of the New York Times on October 19, 2013. 

Three Shots at Prevention.  Edited by Keith Wailoo, Julie Livingston, Steven Epstein and Robert Aronowitz. (Johhs Hopkins Press, 2010).

Unnatural History: Breast Cancer and American Society (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Making Sense of Illness: Science, Society, and Disease (Cambridge University Press, 1998).

Courses Taught

HSOC 430 Disease and Society
HSSC 611 Research in the History of Medicine


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