History of Medicine

The Trent Center’s program in the history of medicine examines questions at the intersection of history, clinical medicine, and public health. While individual faculty have diverse interests ranging from Civil War medicine to child health, all share common interest and expertise in the history of American medicine and public health since 1800. Faculty in the history of medicine teach in both the School of Medicine and the College of Arts & Sciences at Duke.

Jeff Baker has engaged many topics in the history of child health, with a particular focus on neonatology, vaccine controversies, and autism.  His current work examines the racial dimensions of the intertwined history of Duke Hospital and the community of Durham.

Margaret Humphreys continues her work in infectious disease in the U.S. and the American south while her current research explores the history of medicine during the American Civil War.