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Howard Markel, M.D.

Howard Markel, M.D.

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D. is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Professor of Health Management and Policy, and Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan.

Educated at the University of Michigan and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Markel is the author of THE H.L. MENCKEN BABY BOOK, the popular textbook THE PORTABLE PEDIATRICIAN, THE PRACTICAL PEDIATRICIAN: The A to Z Guide to Your Child's Health, Behavior and Safety (both with Frank A. Oski), which was named the "Best Book of the Year (Health category) for 1996" by Child Magazine, QUARANTINE!: East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892 (Johns Hopkins, 1997), on immigration and public health in 19th century America, which was awarded the Arthur Viseltear Prize of the American Public Health Association for the best book on the history of public health published in the past five years), WHEN GERMS TRAVEL: Six Epidemics that have Invaded America since 1900 and the New Fears they have Unleashed (Pantheon, 2004), and AN ANATOMY OF ADDICTION (Pantheon, 2011).

Dr. Markel has won many awards, fellowships, and honors including the James Shannon Director's Award of the National Institutes of Health, the National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award, the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund 40th Anniversary History of Medicine Award, and an Inaugural Fellowship at the Center for Scholars and Writers of the New York Public Library. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences.

AN ANATOMY OF ADDICTION: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011)

THE KELLOGGS: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek (Pantheon Books, 2017)

WHEN GERMS TRAVEL: Six Epidemics That Have Invaded America Since 1900 and the New Fears They Have Unleashed (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004)