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Margaret Humphreys, Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine and Professor of Medicine

Margaret Humphreys
Contact Info:
Office Location:  206 Carr
Office Phone:  919 684 2285, 919 668 9000
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://www.mehumphreys.com

Teaching (Fall 2015):

    TBA, 12:00 AM-11:59 PM
    TBA, 12:00 AM-11:59 PM
Office Hours:

By appointment--email meh@duke.edu

PhD History of ScienceHarvard University1983
MDHarvard Medical School1987
MA History of ScienceHarvard University1977
BA Program of Liberal StudiesUniversity of Notre Dame1976

Medicine, Science and Technology
Intellectual History
United States and Canada
Research Interests:

Current projects: Civil War POWs, Biography of JD Harris, MD

My major research interest is the history of disease in America, especially in the South. Until the last half of the twentieth century diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, pellagra, and hookworm marked the south as tropical, impoverished, and strikingly different from the rest of the United States. My recent work concerns the history of medicine in the American Civil war. I teach and read broadly in the history of public health, medicine, race, biology, and infectious diseases.

Areas of Interest:

History of medicine
History of public health
History of evolutionary thought
History of disease
History of global health

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Rachel Levandoski  
  • Moshe Usadi  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. M. Humphreys, Review of Shauna Devine, Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science., Bulletin of the History of Medicine (Forthcoming)
  2. M. Humphreys, Review of Kathryn Meier, Nature's Civil War, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, vol. 45 no. 1 (Summer, 2014), pp. 93-94
  3. M. Humphreys, Review of Asylum Doctor: James Woods Babcock and the Red Plague, Florida Historical Quarterly (Forthcoming)
  4. M. Humphreys, Review of Libra R. Hilde, Worth a Dozen Men: Women and Nursing in the Civil War South, Michigan War Studies Review (forthcoming)
  5. M. Humphreys, Malaria in America, in The Global Challenge of Malaria: Past Lessons and Future Prospects, edited by Frank M Snowden and Richard Bucala (2014), pp. 3-17, World Scientific Press, New Jersey and London

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