Margaret Ellen Humphreys

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. "Public Health in the Old South." In Science and Medicine in the Old South,edited by RL Numbers and T Savitt. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1989. (Essay)

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 Kent Gramm, ed., Battle: The Nature and Consequences of Civil War Combat." North Carolina Historical Review 86 (October 2009): 458-59. (Review)

Humphreys, M. "Telemedicine: climate change and mosquito-borne disease: a historical perspective." MD advisor : a journal for New Jersey medical community 2, no. 2 (January 2009): 16-21.

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. "Quinine prophylaxis for malaria (1914): Commentary." Public Health Reports 121, no. SUPPL. 1 (March 20, 2006): 80-85.


Fall 2017

History Of Global Health (HISTORY 402)
East Duke 108, TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM

Fall 2016

Public Health In America (HISTORY 369)
Carr 240, TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM

Spring 2015

Food In Global History (HISTORY 371)
Carr 103, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Fall 2014

Public Health In America (HISTORY 369)
Carr 137, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2014

Food In Global History (HISTORY 371)
Carr 240, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM