Nancy Tomes: "Public Health Preparedness in the Age of Zika and Other Emerging Diseases"

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Engelska parken - Rausing Room
  • Organiser: Department of History of Science and Ideas
  • Contact person: Solveig Jülich
  • Seminarium

The History of Medicine Seminar

Nancy Tomes, Stony Brook University: "Public Health Preparedness in the Age of Zika and Other Emerging Diseases"

Nancy Tomes is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.  After attending Oberlin College and the University of Kentucky, she earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978, where she studied with Charles E. Rosenberg. Since 1978, she has taught history at Stony Brook University. Tomes has authored four books: A Generous Confidence: Thomas Story Kirkbride and the Art of Asylum Keeping (Cambridge, 1984; U Penn, 1994) ); Madness in America: Cultural and Medical Perceptions of Mental Illness Before 1914, with Lynn Gamwell (Cornell, 1995); The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women and the Microbe in American Life (Harvard, 1998), and Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers (UNC Press, 2016). She has co-edited two collections, Medicine’s Moving Pictures, with Leslie Reagan and Paula Treichler (Rochester, 2007) and Patients as Policy Actors with Beatrix Hoffman, Rachel Grob, and Mark Schlesinger (Rutgers, 2011). In collaboration with Duke University Library’s Special Collections, she developed “Medicine and Madison Avenue,” a website on the history of health related advertising available at Her research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Library of Medicine, the National Humanities Center, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Institute for Mental Health. She won both the American Association for the History of Medicine’s Welch medal and the History of Science Society’s Davis prize for Gospel of Germs. In 2011, the American Public Health Association awarded her the Arthur Viseltear Award for “her distinguished body of scholarship in the history of public health.” From 2012 to 2014 she served as President of the American Association for the History of Medicine. In 2015, she was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor, State University of New York.

Contact information
Mailing address: Department of History, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4348