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Theodore M. Brown is Professor of History and Humanities in Medicine, and Associate Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627 (e-mail: He is Contributing Editor (with Elizabeth Fee) for “Public Health Then and Now,” a section in the American Journal of Public Health, and the co-author (also with Elizabeth Fee) of Making Medical History: The Life and Times of Henry E. Sigerist (1997). He is interested in the history of public health, health policy and politics, psychosomatic medicine, and medical education.

Dimitra Giannuli is an Assistant Professor of European and Near Eastern History at the University of Minnesota at Morris, Morris, MN 56267 (e-mail: Her research interests include American cultural expansion, modern philanthropy, international efforts in public health, social welfare, and refugee rehabilitation. She is currently at work on a manuscript on American philanthropy in Greece before World War II.

Saul Jarcho, a retired internist, was President of the American Association for the History of Medicine from 1968 to 1970. He has been contributing to the Bulletin of the History of Medicine since 1941.

Scott Podolsky is a first-year Resident in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115 (e-mail: He is the co-author, with Alfred I. Tauber, of The Generation of Diversity: Clonal Selection Theory and the Rise of Molecular Immunology (Harvard University Press, 1997). His research interests center on the histories of immunology, microbiology, and theories about the origin of life.

Dorothy Porter is the Senior Wellcome Lecturer in the History of Medicine in the History Department at Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX (e-mail: She is the author of In Sickness and In Health: The British Experience, 1650–1850 (1988) and Patient’s Progress: The Dialectics of Doctoring in Eighteenth-Century England (1989), with Roy Porter; has edited a collection of essays entitled Social Medicine and Medical Sociology (1997); and has a book in press, Health Civilisation and the State: A History of Public Health from Ancient to Modern Times (1998). She is currently researching the history of medicine and the social sciences in Britain in the twentieth century.

Shifra Shvarts is Deputy Director of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of the Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel 84105 (e-mail: She is the author of numerous articles on the development of health services and health policy in Israel, and has recently completed a book on the development of the Worker’s Sick Fund in Israel. She teaches courses on the history of medicine and public health, and on health policy and politics in Israel.

Nancy Whitten Zinn is librarian emerita, the Library and Center for Knowledge Management, at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was Head of Special Collections and University Archivist. Her research interests include the history of the use of dissected plates, historical bibliography, and the development of medical printing, particularly in eighteenth-century Britain. She has published the chapter “Special Collections: History of Health Science collections, Oral History, Archives, and Manuscripts,” in the Handbook of Medical Library Practice, 4th ed. (Chicago: Medical Library Association, 1988), as well as articles and book reviews. Ms. Zinn is currently affiliated with the Institute for Historical Study, P.O. Box 5743, Berkeley, CA 94705 (e-mail:


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