University of Rochester

Theodore M. Brown

Position: Professor of History; Professor of Medical Humanities; Charles E. & Dale L. Phelps Professor of Public Health and Policy

Field: American History, Global History

Specialty: Intellectual, institutional, and political history of medicine

Education: PhD, Princeton University, 1968

Contact Info

368 Rush Rhees Library
Dept. of History
Rochester, NY 14627-0070

phone: 585.275.2051
fax: 585.756.4425

Fields of Interest:

 My research falls into several areas: the history of U.S. and international public health; the history of U.S. health policy and politics; the American health left and its role in both domestic and international health policy; and the history of psychosomatic medicine, “stress” research, and biopsychosocial approaches to clinical practice. I am a Contributing Editor (History) of the American Journal of Public Health and Editor of Rochester Studies in Medical History, a book series of the University of Rochester Press. I co-edited and substantially co-authored Making Medical History: The Life and Times of Henry E. Sigerist (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997) and, with Anne-Emanuelle Birn, recently published an edited collection of essays, Comrades in Health: American Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home (Rutgers University Press, 2013). I am also a co-author of The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History, a history of health reform in the United States as seen in political cartoons, which was published by the American Public Health Association in the fall of 2012, and I am currently working on a number of projects including a coauthored history of the World Health Organization.

Graduate Fields:

I offer the following fields for the PhD qualifying examination. For explanations of fields, see the "Graduate Overview" page in the Graduate Handbook.

Teaching Fields:
History of Domestic and Global Health (Transnational)
History of Medicine (Transnational)
Public Health and Health Policy (Transnational)

Research Fields:
History of Domestic and Global Health (Transnational)
History of Medicine (Transnational)
Public Health and Health Policy (Transnational)

I will not be accepting students for admission in Fall 2016.

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