Reading List for Institute

Disease Pandemics, and Public Health in the United States: List of Core Readings 

Selections from the following books, websites, or articles will be required reading for participants. It is expected that participants complete the assigned reading in advance of each day’s session. Books will be provided to participants if several chapters are required. Copies of articles or shorter readings will be available online ahead of time via a course website hosted through The Ohio State University’s Carmen Canvas platform.

James Colgrove, State of Immunity: The Politics of Vaccination in Twentieth Century America (University of California Press, 2006)

John Duffy, The Sanitarians: A History of American Public Health (University of Illinois Press, 1992)

Mariela Espinosa,  Epidemic Invasions: Yellow Fever and the Limits of Cuban Independence, 1878-1930 (University of Chicago Press, 2009)

Janet Golden and Charles Rosenberg, eds., Framing Disease: Studies in Cultural History (Rutgers University Press, 1992), 

J.N. Hays, The Burdens of Disease: Epidemics and Their Response in Western History, (Rutgers University Press, 2009)

Conrade C. Hinds, The Great Columbus Experiment of 1908: Waterworks that Changed the World, (The History Press, 2012)

Allan V. Horvitz, PTSD: A Short History (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018)

Margaret Humphreys, Yellow Fever and the South, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992, 1999)

Influenza Epidemic Digital Encyclopedia,

Judith Walzer Leavitt, Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health, (Beacon Press, 1996)

______________, The Healthiest City: Milwaukee and the Politics of Health Reform , (University of Wisconsin Press, 1982, 1996)

Alexandra M. Lord, Condom Nation: The U.S. Government’s Sex Education Campaign from World War I to the Internet (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010)

Marian Moser Jones, Protecting Public Health: 200 Years of Leadership, (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2005)

Richard McKay, Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic, (University of Chicago Press, 2018)

Ohio State Board of Health, Second Annual Report of the State Board of Health of the State of Ohio for the Year Ending October 31, 1887, (Columbus: Myers Brothers, 1888)

Kathryn Olivarius, “Immunity, Capital, and Power in Antebellum New Orleans,” American Historical Review, Vol. 124, no. 2, April 2019, 425-45

Susan Reverby, Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy (UNC Press, 2008)

Samuel Roberts: Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation, (UNC Press, 2009)

Charles Rosenberg, The Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866 ( University of Chicago Press, 1962, 1987)

Stephanie J. Snow, “John Snow: The Making of a Hero?” The Lancet, Vol. 372, no. 9632 (July 5, 2008), 22-23.doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(08)60978-2

John Noble Wilford, “How Epidemics Helped Shape the Modern Metropolis,”New York Times, April 15, 2008.

UCSF AIDS History Project website,

Urmi Engineer Willoughby, Yellow Fever, Race and Ecology in Nineteenth- Century New Orleans, (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2017), Introduction.

Jacqueline Wolf, Don’t Kill Your Baby: Public Health and the Decline of Breastfeeding in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Ohio State University Press, 2001)

Miranda Worthen, et al, “Anger and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Severity in a Trauma-Exposed Military Population: Differences by Trauma Context and Gender,” Journal of Traumatic Stress, Feb. 2016, 29, 1-8.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 Notable HIV and AIDS Reports Published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), hiv_aids20.html

James Wynne, The report on epidemic cholera in the United States, 1848 and 1849 (London: H.M.S.O. 1852)

Cholera Images and Maps, Wellcome Collection.

Note: Other images, films, and articles may be added by presenters.