Margaret Ellen Humphreys

Josiah Charles Trent Professor of the History of Medicine, in the School of Medicine

External address: 
Carr 206, Dept of History, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 684-2285


History of American medicine and public health, history of tropical medicine, especially malaria and yellow fever, history of medicine in the American Civil War. History of racial disparities in health and health care in the US.

Education & Training

  • M.D., Harvard University 1987

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1983

Humphreys, ME. "Biographies of Edward Hammond Clarke, William Augustus Hinton, James Lloyd, Cotton Tufts and Paul Dudley White." In Dictionary of American Medical Biography,edited by MKE al. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984. (Essay)


Humphreys, M. "Review of G. Schroeder-Lein, Encyclopedia of Civil War Medicine." Georgia Historical Quarterly 42 (October 2008): 433-435. (Review)

Slater, LB, Humphreys, M, and Humphreys M, . "Parasites and Progress: Ethical Decision-Making and the Santee-Cooper Malaria Study, 1944-49." Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 51 (2008): 103-120.

Humphreys, M, Costanzo, P, Haynie, KL, Ostbye, T, Boly, I, Belsky, D, and Sloan, F. "Racial disparities in diabetes a century ago: evidence from the pension files of US Civil War veterans." Soc Sci Med 64, no. 8 (April 2007): 1766-1775. Full Text

Martin, MG, and Humphreys, ME. "Social consequence of disease in the American South, 1900-World War II." South Med J 99, no. 8 (August 2006): 862-864. (Review)

Humphreys, M. "Review of John C. Burnham, What is Medical History?." JAMA 295 (2006): 2540-2541. (Review)

Humphreys, M. "A Stranger in our Camps: Typhus in American History." Bulletin of the History of Medicine 80 (2006): 269-290. (Academic Article)

Westman, EC, Yancy, WS, and Humphreys, M. "Dietary treatment of diabetes mellitus in the pre-insulin era (1914-1922)." Perspect Biol Med 49, no. 1 (2006): 77-83. Full Text