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Howard Markel

Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan

Dr. Howard Markel is a professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and the George E. Wantz Professor of the History of Medicine. He is also the Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan.

He is a prolific author of books and articles on medical history and pediatrics and frequently contributes to the “Science Times” section of The New York Times.

He was an inaugural fellow and scholar at the Center for Scholars and Writers of the New York Public Library and was named a centennial historian of the City of New York for his scholarly study of New York City and the history of public health and immigration.

He also served as guest co-editor of the February 16, 2000, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association which honored the University of Michigan Medical School.

Articles by Howard Markel

The Flu Snafu — The Story Behind Strain A (H2N2)

Are we overlooking the need for heightened security for contagious diseases?

April 18, 2005

Germs and the Global Market

Can the global marketplace be best for our health?

July 12, 2004

TB: The Epidemic to Truly Worry About

As AIDS and SARS dominated the headlines, has TB made a stealthy comeback?

March 25, 2004

The Iraq War and Global Public Health

How severe is Iraq's public health crisis — and how will it affect post-war reconstruction?

April 21, 2003

A Global Epidemic in the Making?

Is America's fast food industry contributing to a health epidemic of global proportions?

August 11, 2002