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My major research interest is the history of disease in America, especially in the South. Until the last half of the twentieth century diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, pellagra, and hookworm marked the south as tropical, impoverished, and strikingly different from the rest of the United States. My recent work concerns the history of medicine in the American Civil war. I teach and read broadly in the history of public health, medicine, race, biology, and infectious diseases.



















Margaret Humphreys, M.D., Ph.D.

Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine

Professor of History, Professor of Medicine

Editor Emeritus, Journal of the History of Medicine


Department of History

Duke University

Box 90719     

Durham, NC 27708


1976     B.A. With High Honors, University of Notre Dame, Department of Liberal Studies


1977    A.M., Harvard University, History of Science


1983    Ph.D., Harvard University, History of Science


1987    M.D.,  Harvard Medical School



      Resident Physician in Internal             Medicine, Brigham and   

      Womens Hospital, Boston, MA  

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