Ph.D., Princeton University, 1990
M.A., Princeton University, 1985
B.A., Brown University, 1982
Science and medicine in the Enlightenment, quantification, public health and the environment. My current research project is on the history of vaccination.
I am the editor of Osiris, a research journal devoted to the history of science and its cultural influences.
Vital Accounts: Quantifying Health and Population in Eighteenth-Century England and France (Cambridge University Press, 2002).
The Correspondence of James Jurin (1684-1750), Physician and Secretary to the Royal Society, edited with an introduction, notes, and calendar of correspondence, Wellcome Institute Series in the History of Medicine (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1996).
(with Vivien Dietz) "Defining Women's Work and Sickness: Female Friendly Societies in England, 1780-1830," Journal of Women's History (accepted for publication; forthcoming).
"Catching Cowpox: The Early Spread of Smallpox Vaccination, 1798-1810," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 83 (2009): 17-36.
"Making Sense of Vaccination ca. 1800," in Crafting Immunity: Working Histories of Clinical Immunology, ed. Kenton Kroker, Jennifer Keelan, and Pauline M.H. Mazumdar (Aldershot, Hampshire and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008), 17-28.
"Medical Statistics and Hospital Medicine: The Case of Smallpox Vaccination," Centaurus 49 (2007): 337-359.
"Quantifying Infant Mortality in Eighteenth-Century England and France," in Body Counts: Medical Quantification in Historical and Sociological Perspectives/La quantification micale, perspectives historiques et sociologiques, ed. Gard Jorland, Annick Opinel and George Weisz (Montreal: McGill-Queen University Press, 2005).
"'Merchant's Logick': Numerical Debates over Smallpox Inoculation in Eighteenth-Century England," The Road to Medical Statistics, ed. Eileen Magnello and Anne Hardy (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi Press, 2002), 37-54.
"Hippocrates, Bacon, and Medical Meteorology at the Royal Society, 1700-1750," Hippocrates and Modern Medicine, ed. David Cantor, (Ashgate Press, 2001), 144-161.
"Correspondence Networks and the Royal Society," British Journal for the History of Science 32 (1999):155-69.
"Biopolitics and the Mathematics of Population: Medical and Political Arithmetic in the Eighteenth Century," in The Sciences in Enlightened Europe, ed. William Clark, Jan Golinski, and Simon Schaffer (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999).
"The Weight of Evidence and the Burden of Authority: Case Histories, Medical Statistics, and Smallpox Inoculation," in Medicine in the Enlightenment, ed. Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute Series in the History of Medicine (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1995), 289-315.
"Quantification, Precision, and Accuracy: Determinations of Population in the Ancient Regime," in The Values of Precision, ed. M. Norton Wise (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995), 17-38.
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