John Harley Warner PhD

Avalon Professor in the History of Medicine and Professor of American Studies and of History; Chair, History of Medicine

Departments & Organizations

Program for Biomedical Ethics

Office of Student ResearchHistory of Medicine

Research Interests

History of medicine; Medical education; Professionalism; Public health; Clinical medicine; Experimental life science more...


  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1977
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 1984

Selected Publications

  • “The Humanizing Power of Medical History: Responses to Biomedicine in the 20th-Century United States,” Medical Humanities, forthcoming; and an earlier version: Journal of Peking University (Philosophy and Social Sciences) [in Chinese], forthcoming.
  • Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine, 1880-1930, 2009; with James M. Edmonson.
  • Locating Medical History: The Stories and Their Meanings, Baltimore and London, Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, March 2004, co-edited with Frank Huisman, paperback edition, 2006.



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