On the history of medicine in the United States

May 2016


Charles Rosenberg, professor of the history of science, and Ernest Monrad, professor of the social sciences at Harvard University

In an interview Published in the lastest issue of HCS- Manguinhos, conducted by Rafael Mantovani in November 2013, Charles Rosenberg addresses four topics:

It first focused on the way in which Rosenberg perceived trends and directions in historical research on medicine in the United States during the second half of the twentieth century. The second focus was on his experience with other important historians who wrote about public health. Thirdly, he discussed his impressions about the current debate on health policy in his country. Finally, the last part explores some themes related to psychiatry and behavior control that have appeared in a number of his articles.

Charles Rosenberg, professor of the history of science at Harvard University, has had a profound influence on generations of historians of science and medicine in the United States and abroad. His landmark book – edited with Janet Lynne Golden in 1992 entitled Framing disease: studies in cultural history – explains the relationship between medicine and culture.

Rosenberg is a very important figure in the history of medicine, in Brazil and internationally. His insights have helped us understand the social dimension of getting ill, diagnosis and cure. In this interview, published in História, Ciências, Saúde – Manguinhos, he offers reflections and considerations on the history of medicine and public health.

Read the full interview:

Rosenberg, Charles and Mantovani, Rafael. On the history of medicine in the United States, theory, health insurance, and psychiatry: an interview with Charles RosenbergHist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Mar 2016, vol.23, no.1, p.211-220. ISSN 0104-5970

Read the full issue of HCSMS’ latest issue: The Biomedicalization of Brazilian Bodies: Anthropological Perspectives (vol.23 no.1 Rio de Janeiro Jan./Mar. 2016).

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