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Naomi Rogers

Fields of research and interest:
19th and 20th century history of alternative medicine, especially in North America; Women, medicine and health in 19th and 20th century North America; History of disease and public health in 20th -century North-America; Health-activism in 1960s and 1970s

Ongoing projects:
Sister Elisabeth Kenny; Polio and American medicine in the 1940s; Student health radicals in the United States, 1965-1975; Medical populism and alternative medicine

Contacts with journals, newsletters, institutions:
On editorial board of Nursing History Reviewer; Ms reviewer for most English-language history of medicine journals

Bibliography of recent (since 1993) monographs and articles:


  • Dirt and Disease: Polio before FDR (New Brunswick, 1992).
  • An Alternative Path: The Making and Remaking of Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of Philadelphia (New Brunswick, 1998).


  • Ärzte, Patienten und Homöopathie in den USA [Doctors, Patients and Homeopathy in the USA], in: Martin Dinges (ed.): Weltgeschichte der Homöopathie: Länder, Schulen, Heilkundige (München, 1996), 269-300.
  • Women’s Health, in: Joan Hoff, Robert Ferrell (eds.): Dictionary of American History: Supplement (Lakeville, 1996), 356-366.
  • Polio and Prejudice: Disease and History in Twentieth-Century America, in: Shizu Sakai (ed.): Disease and Society 18th International Symposium on the Comparative History of Medicine: East and West (Tokyo, 1997), 153-177.
  • American Homeopathy Confronts Scientific Medicine, in: Robert Jütte, Guenter B. Risse, John Woodward (eds.): Culture, Knowledge and Healing: Historical Perspectives of Homeopathic Medicine in Europe and North America (Sheffield, 1998), 31-64.
  • (With Susan E. Lederer) Media, in: Roger Cooter, John Pickstone (eds.): Medicine in the Twentieth Century (London, 2000), 487-502.
  • The Debate Considered [Historians and Sister Kenny], in: Australian Historical Studies 31 (2000), 163-166.
  • ‘Caution: The AMA May Be Dangerous To Your Health:’ The Student Health Organizations (SHO) and American Medicine, 1965-1970, in: Radical History
    Review 80 (2001), 5-34.
  • Alternative Medicine, in: Paul S. Boyer (ed.): The Oxford Companion to United States History (New York, 2001), 492.
  • Poliomyelitis, in: Paul S. Boyer (ed.): The Oxford Companion to United States History (New York, 2001), 604.
  • The Public Face of Homeopathy: Politics, the Public and Alternative Medicine in the United States 1900-1940, in: Martin Dinges (ed.): Patients in the History of Homeopathy (Sheffield, 2002), 351-371.
  • Polio Can Be Cured: The Public and Public Health in 20th-Century America, in: John Ward and Christopher Warren (eds.): Public Health Achievements: Lessons from History (in print).
  • Vegetables on Parade: Child Health Education in the United States, 1918-1935, in: Cheryl Walsh (ed.): Children, Health and History (in print).
  • Elizabeth Kenny (1880-1952), in: Colin Matthew (ed.): New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford) (in print).
  • Polio, in: Marc Rothenberg (ed.): The History of Science in the United States: An Encyclopedia (New York) (in print).
  • Sister Kenny Goes to Washington: An Unorthodox Nurse, Polio, and Medical Politics in Postwar America, in: Robert Johnston (ed.): The Politics of Healing: Essays in Twentieth-Century North American Alternative Medicine (New York) (forthcoming).
  • Polio, Power and Film-Making: RKO’s ‘Sister Kenny’ and American Medicine in the 1940s, in: Leslie J. Reagan, Nancy Times and Paula Treichler (eds.): Medicine’s Moving Pictures: Education and Entertainment Through Film and Television in the United States (University of California Press) (forthcoming).
  • Teaching Women’s Health into the 21st Century, in: Women and Health 37 (June 2003) (forthcoming).

Suggestions to the network:

Thematic conferences often work well; and what about a conference on alternative medicine and popular culture?

Position: Assistant Professor, Section of the History of Medicine and Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Yale University
Address: Section of the History of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT 06520, USA
Telephone: 001-203-7854338
Fax: 001-203-7374130