John Harley Warner, PhD

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

Research Interests

History; History of Medicine; Public Health

Research Organizations

History of Medicine

Faculty Research

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

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

Extensive Research Description

  • Current research:
    • A book with the working title The Quest for Authenticity in Modern Medicine.
    • A study of the transformation of the hospital patient chart, 19th through 21st centuries, tentatively titled Bedside Stories: Clinical Narrative and the Grounding of Modern Medicine.
    • A book-length study tentatively titled The Death of James Jackson, Jr. and the Birth of the American Clinic.

Selected Publications

  • "Translating the Body: The History of Medical Education in Southeast Asia," co-edited with Hans Pols and Michele Thompson (Singapore: National University of Singapore Press), Spring 2017.
  • "Health, Healing, and Medical Education in Southeast Asia," in Hans Pols, Michele Thompson, and John Harley Warner, eds., "Translating the Body: The History of Medical Education in Southeast Asia" (Singapore: National University of Singapore Press), with Hans Pols and Michele Thompson, forthcoming in spring 2017.
  • "Making the Case for History in Medical Education," Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 70 (2015): 623-652. (With David Jones, Jeremy Greene, and Jacalyn Duffin).
  • "The Art of Medicine in an Age of Science: Reductionism, Holism, and the Doctor-Patient Relationship in the United States,1890-1960," in Nanami Suzuki, ed., Healing Alternatives: Care and Education as a Cultural Lifestyle (Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology, 2014), Senri Ethnological Reports, No. 120: 55-91.
  • "The Aesthetic Grounding of Modern Medicine," (The Fielding Garrison Lecture) Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 88 (2014): 1-47.
  • "Boundary Crossings in the History of Health Care," Nursing History Review 22 (2014): 1-5.
  • "Remapping the History of Medicine," Health and History 15 (2013): 1-4. With Naomi Rogers.
  • "The Doctor in Early Cold War America," The Lancet 381 (2013): 1452-1453.
  • "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.
  • "Major Problems in the History of American Medicine and Public Health," Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001; co-editor with Janet A. Tighe.
  • "Against the Spirit of System: The French Impulse in Nineteenth-Century American Medicine," Princeton University Press, 1998. New paperback edition (Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, Fall 2003)
  • "The Therapeutic Perspective: Medical Practice, Knowledge, and Identity in America, 1820-1885,"

    Harvard University Press, 1986; with new preface, Princeton University Press, 1997.

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John Harley Warner, PhD
Mailing Address
History of MedicinePO Box 208015
New Haven, CT 06520-8015

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