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Margaret E. Humphreys, Josiah Charles Trent Professor of History and Professor - Track IV of Medicine and Associate Chair

Margaret E. Humphreys

History of American medicine and public health, history of tropical medicine, especially malaria and yellow fever, history of medicine in the American Civil War. History of racial disparities in health and health care in the US.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  Carr 206, Dept of History, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2285
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://www.mehumphreys.com

Teaching (Fall 2016):

  • MEDHUM 301B.16, RESEARCH IN MEDHUM Synopsis
    TBA, 12:00 AM-11:59 PM
  • MEDHUM 301B.16-S, RESEARCH IN MEDHUM Synopsis
    TBA, 12:00 AM-11:59 PM
  • HISTORY 369.01, PUBLIC HEALTH IN AMERICA Synopsis
    Carr 240, TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM
    (also cross-listed as GENOME 369.01)
Teaching (Spring 2017):

  • MEDHUM 301B.16, RESEARCH IN MEDHUM Synopsis
    TBA, 12:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • MEDHUM 301B.16-S, RESEARCH IN MEDHUM Synopsis
    TBA, 12:00 AM-12:00 AM
Office Hours:

By appointment--email meh@duke.edu
Education:

M.D.Harvard University1987
Ph.D.Harvard University1983
MA History of ScienceHarvard University1977
BA Program of Liberal StudiesUniversity of Notre Dame1976
Specialties:

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

Keywords:

African American soldiers • African Americans • Aged • American Civil War • Body Mass Index • Diabetes Mellitus • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 • Diabetic Diet • European Continental Ancestry Group • History, 19th Century • History, 20th Century • Hookworm Infections • Insulin • Malaria • Male • Military Medicine • Occupations • Pellagra • Residence Characteristics • Southeastern United States • United States • Veterans Disability Claims • Yellow Fever

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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