1. Dr. Navarro Speaks to the LA Times on the Issue of US Public Health Response

    April 6, 2020

    Until the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans were unaware of the federalist structure of public health in the United States.  Dr. Navarro spoke to the Los Angeles Times about this issue. “Coronavirus is America’s Common Enemy, But the States Aren’t Fighting as a Team”

  2. Dr. Markel Takes a Historical Look at Mask Use during the 1918 Pandemic

    April 6, 2020

    In 1918, during the midst of the deadly fall wave of the great influenza pandemic, many Americans looked to masks as a way to protect themselves from infection.  Dr. Markel takes a look back at how masks and mandatory masking orders in 1918, and how examines the issues with mask use today. NBC News: “Coronavirus Read more

  3. Dr. Markel’s Latest Media Appearances

    April 6, 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, Dr. Markel has been increasingly called on by media outlets to provide some historical perspective on epidemics and how societies react to them.  Below are  links to the latest news stories: Christian Science Monitor: “COVID-19 models vary widely.  What that means for leaders under pressure” NBC News: “Coronavirus Read more

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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