The COVID-19 vaccine campaign will last for months, if not longer — it took over a hundred years for vaccination to wipe out smallpox. By examining how smallpox vaccination succeeded and failed, we can learn what may happen with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and how to address potential pitfalls.
Kristin Victoria Brig is a history of medicine doctoral student with a love for baking, playing the piano, and cross-stitching. Her work examines public health in the nineteenth-century British Empire with a focus on infectious disease control. Smallpox is her favorite historical disease, but typhoid fever and cholera also intrigue her.
As researchers, we constantly read and collect data within our own research circles and laboratories. By reading fiction, we can simultaneously improve our overall well-being and expand the way we conceptualize our research questions.
So-called anti-maskers have emerged during the COVID pandemic, and their arguments are strikingly similar to anti-vaxxer claims. How do we think about these two together?
In the middle of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, history of medicine Ph.D. candidate Anna Weerasinghe won a Fulbright award for 2020–21. Her story highlights the privileged yet precarious nature of receiving a grant in a pandemic world.
Despite their divided administrations, the Johns Hopkins history of medicine and history of science and technology departments intersect weekly in their colloquium series, enabling a cross-campus fertilization of the school of medicine and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
Tired of watching TV but don’t know what to read? Graduate students at the Johns Hopkins Department of the History of Medicine recommend some great titles on the history of public health and infectious disease to get your reading list started.
Global Threats to Public Health: Dr. Peter Hotez on Climate Change, Conflicts, Poverty and Antiscience
In this year’s Hopkins Medicine Distinguished Speakers Series, Peter Hotez from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas spoke about the need to find new medicines for neglected tropical diseases and to confront familiar diseases that are growing worse each year thanks to climate change, global conflicts, poverty and antiscience movements.
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) may be an unusual physical phenomenon, but to some, it is also a delightful and cost-free way to help improve mental health and self-care routines.
Every evening when I get home from campus, I put on the teakettle, get out my cross-stitch and flip on a TV show. Sawing noises… Read More »Finding the Medicine in Historical Drama
I went to Cape Town, South Africa, to perform predissertation research on water management. I returned home with a transformed attitude toward personal water conservation.… Read More »Water Conservation, Research and Life in Cape Town, South Africa