The Sherwin B. Nuland Lecture

The 2015 Sherwin B. Nuland Lecture took place on March 25.

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D.
George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine,
Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases,
Founding Director, Center for the History of Medicine
The University of Michigan
Editor-in-Chief, The Milbank Quarterly

Tall Tales of Medicine and the Human Condition

About the Speaker:

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., an acclaimed social and cultural historian of medicine, Dr. Markel is the author, co-author, or co-editor of ten books including the award winning Quarantine!  East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997; paperback, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999) and When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics That Have Invaded America Since 1900 and the Fears They Have Unleashed (Pantheon Books/Alfred A. Knopf, 2004; paperback Vintage/Random House, 2005). His national bestselling book, An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine (Pantheon Books/Alfred A. Knopf, 2011) garnered wide critical praise and was a New York Times Best Seller, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller, an ABA IndieBound Best Seller, an Amazon Best Seller, a Barnes and Noble Best Seller, and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. 

From 2005 to 2006, Professor Markel served as a historical consultant on pandemic influenza preparedness planning for the United States Department of Defense.  From 2006 to the present, he serves as the principal historical consultant on pandemic preparedness for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   From late April 2009 to February 2011, served as a member of the CDC Director’s “Novel A/H1N1 Influenza Team B”, a real-time think tank of experts charged with evaluating the federal government’s influenza policies on a daily basis during the outbreak.   He currently sits on the Board of Population Health and Public Health Practices of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

In collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he is Editor-in Chief of The 1918-1919 American Influenza Pandemic: A Digital Encyclopedia and Archive, now in composition and production at the Center for the History of Medicine and the University of Michigan Scholarly Publications Office.  Funded by grants and contracts from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC, the digital encyclopedia is due to go live in Fall of 2012.  Working with the CDC and a team of historians at the Center for the History of Medicine, Markel currently directs a research team of medical historians at work on documenting the social history of the 2009 H1N1 Influenza pandemic.

Click here to read about the 2012 Nuland lecture.