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, 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

Humphreys, ME. "Review of Conevery Valencius, Health of the Country." Medical History 49 (2005): 114-115. (Review)

Humphreys, M. "On Rats, Lice, and History." Environmental History 10 (2005): 695-696.

Humphreys, M. "Review of Howard Phillips and David Killingray, eds. The Spanish Influenza Pandemic, 1918-19." Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 59 (2004): 490-91. (Review)

Humphreys, ME. "Review of Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America." ISIS 95 (2004): 170-170. (Review)


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