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John Warner, PhD

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

Contact Information

John Warner, PhD

Mailing Address

  • PO Box 208015

    New Haven, CT 06520-8015

    United States

Research Summary

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

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.

Research Interests

History; History of Medicine; Public Health

Selected Publications

  • "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)
  • "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.
  • "Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880-1930,"2009; with James M. Edmonson.
  • "Remapping the History of Medicine,"Health and History 15 (2013): 1-4. With Naomi Rogers.
  • "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.
  • 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, 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, 2017), with Hans Pols and Michele Thompson.