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Bert Hansen
Professor of History
Baruch College, The City University of New York

A. B. (chemistry), Columbia College
Ph.D. (history and history of science), Princeton University

Prior teaching positions at SUNY-Binghamton, the University of Toronto, and New York University.

  The author with Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi of the Pasteur Institute at the Pasteur Foundation Gala (May 6, 2009). In 2008, Dr. Barré-Sinoussi shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine with Luc Montagnier for their discovery of the virus responsible for HIV/AIDS.


The author was interviewed by Caitlin Hawke in Pasteur Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Pastuer Foundation 24 (Fall 2009), p. 2.




Recent and upcoming presentations


  Thursday, October 22, 2009, at 7 pm. Author’s reading at the Suffern Free Library, in Suffern, NY (For information, contact Ms. Miguelina Molina, Community Services Coordinator, at 845- 357-1237.)  
  Monday, November 2, 2009, 4:30 pm. The 21st Annual David L. Cowen Lecture at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University.  (For information, contact Dr. Donald K. Woodward, Associate Dean, at 732-445-2675 x.605.)
  Friday, November 13, 2009. The Dr. Nigel Rusted Lecture in Medical Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland: “Wonders of Nature and Miracles of Medicine: Picturing Medical Progress in the 20th Century.”  
  Wednesday, January 27, 2010. New York Academy of Sciences, Section on History and Philosophy of Science: “Wonders of Nature and Miracles of Medicine: Popularizing Science in LIFE Magazine, 1936-1972.”

Nicole Oresme and the Marvels of Nature:  A Study of His “De causis mirabilium” with Critical Edition, Translation, and Commentary.  Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Studies and Texts, 68), 1985

Selected articles

“Medical Education in New York City in 1866-1867: A Student's Notebook of Professor Budd's Lectures on Obstetrics at New York University,” in two parts, New York State Journal of Medicine 85, No. 8 (August 1985), 488-498, and No. 9 (September 1985), 548-559. 

“The Complementarity of Science and Magic Before the Scientific Revolution,” American Scientist 74:2 (March-April 1986), pp. 128-136.

“The Image and Advocacy of Public Health in American Caricature and Cartoons from 1860 to 1900,” American Journal of Public Health 87:11 (November 1997), 1798-1807.

"The Image and Advocacy of Public Health in American Caricature and Cartoons from 1860 to 1900," American Journal of Public Health 87:11 (November 1997), 1798-1807.

“America's First Medical Breakthrough: How Popular Excitement about a French Rabies Cure in 1885 Raised New Expectations of Medical Progress,” American Historical Review 103:2 (April 1998), 373-418.

“New Images of a New Medicine: Visual Evidence for Widespread Popularity of Therapeutic Discoveries in America after 1885,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 73:4 (December 1999), 629-678.

“Public Careers and Private Sexuality: Some Gay and Lesbian Lives in the History of Medicine and Public Health,” American Journal of Public Health 92:1 (January 2002), 36-44.

“True-Adventure Comic Books and American Popular Culture in the 1940s: An Annotated Research Bibliography of the Medical Heroes,” The International Journal of Comic Art 6:1 (Spring 2004), 117-147.

“Medical History for the Masses: How American Comic Books Celebrated Heroes of Medicine in the 1940s,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 78:1 (Spring 2004), 148-191.

“Medical Advances in Nineteenth-Century America,” History Now 10 (December 2006) an on-line quarterly journal for teachers sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (published at www.gilderlehrman.org).

Articles have also been reprinted in the following books:

  • Good Writing: A Guide and Sourcebook for Writing Across the Curriculum by Linda Simon New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988). 
  • Framing Disease: Studies in Cultural History ed. Charles E. Rosenberg and Janet L. Golden (Rutgers University Press, 1992).
  • Sickness and Health in America: Readings in the History of Medicine and Public Health ed. Judith Walzer Leavitt and Ronald L. Numbers (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, third edition,1997).
  • Major Problems in the History of American Medicine and Public Health: Documents and Essays ed. John Harley Warner and Janet A. Tighe (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001).
  • Creating a Tradition of Biomedical Research: Contributions to the History of The Rockefeller University ed. Darwin H. Stapleton (New York: Rockefeller University Press, 2004).
Awards and honors
  Member, Institute for Advanced Study, 1984-1985.  
  The Laurance D. Redway Award for Excellence in Medical Writing, given by the Medical Society of the State of New York, 1986.  
  Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, 1997.  
  Eugene M. Lang Faculty Fellowship, 1998.  

Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes by Bert Hansen is published by Rutgers University Press.

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