1. Dr. Markel and Dr. Navarro Speak to Bridge about Lessons of 1918 Influenza Pandemic

    March 23, 2020

    As cases of Covid-19 spread across the nation, some on social media began calling for a closure f the Mackinac Bridge in order to prevent the entry of the disease into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Bridge contacted Drs. Markel and Navarro to see what lessons could be learned from so-called “escape communities” during the 1918 influenza Read more


  2. Dr. Navarro on NPR’s Morning Edition

    March 23, 2020

    Eager to glean whatever lessons can be learned from the nation’s experience with the 1918 influenza pandemic, NPR reached out to Dr. Navarro to speak with him about what some rural communities did in 1918 to help mitigate the effects of the deadly pandemic.  Read and listen to the story on the NPR website: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/13/814917520/rural-towns-insulated-from-coronavirus-now-may-take-a-harder-hit-later


  3. Dr. Markel Speaks to the Media about Community Mitigation Strategies

    March 23, 2020

    As cases of Covid-19 continue to increase across the United States and the world, the U-M Center for the History of Medicine has been asked to provide historical context for the various social distancing and community mitigation strategies that have been implemented.  Below is a list of new stories featuring the Center’s Director, Dr. Howard Read more


  4. Dr. Navarro Interviewed by NPR Station WBUR

    March 11, 2020

    As Covid-19 cases continue to spread across the United States, many have begun to draw on the Center for the History of Medicine’s seminal 2007 study of non-pharmaceutical interventions used during the 1918 influenza epidemic.  Dr. Navarro has been interviewed by several media outlets examining the public health measures utilized in 1918 and the impact Read more


  5. Dr. Markel on the COVID-19 Outbreak and the Use of Social Distancing Measures

    February 18, 2020

    With the global spread of Covid-19 cases and the increased implementation of various quarantines and other non-pharmaceutical interventions, Dr. Markel has been called upon by numerous media outlets to provide historical context for such public health measures.  Here is a list of his recent print interviews, op-eds, and television appearances. Washington Post: “How Bad will the Read more


  6. Dr. Markel Interviewed by the BBC

    November 4, 2019

    Listen to Dr. Markel’s BBC interview where he discusses the life story of John Harvey Kellogg. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3csyp5m


  7. 17th Annual Horace W. Davenport Lecture

    February 1, 2018

    The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce its 17th Annual Horace W. Davenport Lecture in the Medical Humanities. This year’s lecture will feature Prof. Lawrence Gostin from Georgetown Law.  Prof. Gostin will deliver his lecture, “Global Health Security in an Era of Explosive Pandemic Potential.”  Pandemics pose a significant risk to Read more


  8. CHM Movie Night at the Michigan Theater

    January 12, 2018

    Please join us for a screening of the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, staring Jack Nicholson.  Based on the 1962 Ken Kesey novel, it is considered one of the greatest films ever made and was the second of only three films ever to win and Academy Award in all five major categories. The film portrays Read more


  9. “Pandemic! Contagious Crises from AIDS to Zika” Conference Video

    April 21, 2017

    On April 7, 2017, the Center for the History of Medicine, with co-sponsorship from the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation and support from the U-M School of Public Health, the Michigan Medicine Division of Infectious Disease, and the U-M Office of the Bicentennial, held a conference on pandemics featuring a slate of nationally Read more


  10. Pandemic! Contagious Crises from AIDS to Zika

    March 8, 2017

    The Center for the History of Medicine, with co-sponsorship from the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation and the U-M School of Public Health, and with support from the Michigan Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases and the U-M Office of the Bicentennial, is pleased to announce our upcoming conference, “Pandemic! Contagious Crises from AIDS to Read more