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Research Interests for Margaret E. Humphreys

Research Interests:

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.

African American soldiers, African Americans, Aged, American Civil War, Body Mass Index, Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2, Diabetic Diet, Diet, Diabetic, 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
Current projects:
Civil War POWs
Biography of JD Harris, MD
Areas of Interest:

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

Recent Publications
  1. Duggan, AT; Klunk, J; Porter, AF; Dhody, AN; Hicks, R; Smith, GL; Humphreys, M; McCollum, AM; Davidson, WB; Wilkins, K; Li, Y; Burke, A; Polasky, H; Flanders, L; Poinar, D; Raphenya, AR; Lau, TTY; Alcock, B; McArthur, AG; Golding, GB; Holmes, EC; Poinar, HN, The origins and genomic diversity of American Civil War Era smallpox vaccine strains., Genome Biology, vol. 21 no. 1 (July, 2020), pp. 175 [doi[abs]
  2. Humphreys, M, The influenza of 1918: Evolutionary perspectives in a historical context, Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, vol. 2018 no. 1 (January, 2018), pp. 219-229 [doi[abs]
  3. Humphreys, M, 17th Century Variola Virus Reveals the Recent History of Smallpox, Current Biology, vol. 26 no. 24 (2016), pp. 3407-3412 [doi[abs]
  4. Humphreys, ME, This Place of Death: Environment as Weapon in the American Civil War, Southern Quarterly: a Journal of the Arts in the South, vol. 53 no. 3/4 (2016), pp. 12-36, University of Southern Mississippi
  5. 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)

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