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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...

Making of a Tropical Disease

Reviews in History has named Dept. Chair Randall Packard's The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria (JHUP, 2007) one of the most significant and or influential history books of the last twenty years: http://blog.history.ac.uk/2016/12/reviews-in-history-20th-...

Department Chair Randall M. Packard's new book, A History of Global Health: Interventions into the Lives of Other Peoples (Johns Hopkins University Press), is out now. The book examines the limits of international health interventions in underdeveloped areas, despite the billions of dollars invested in such...

Events

Apr
04
Title: Stabilizing Lymph: The Production and Distribution of Vaccine Lymph in Britian and Empire, 1871-1903
Who: Kristin Brig, Johns Hopkins...
Apr
11
Title: Traditional Birth Attendants and Medical Ethics in Historical Perspective
Who: Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, University of Texas at Austin
What:...
May
02
Title: Retraining the Sanitary Homemaker: Correspondence Education, Kitchen Experiments, and Household Bacteriology
Who: Alex Parry, Johns Hopkins...