Scott Harris Podolsky
Scott Harris Podolsky, M.D.
Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine

History of 19th- and 20th-century therapeutics and medical evolution, with a focus on the history of antibiotics, the evolving authority of the controlled clinical trial, and relationships among physicians, medical journals, the pharmaceutical industry, and governmental agencies.

Dr. Podolsky has co-authored Generation of Diversity: Clonal Selection Theory and the Rise of Molecular Immunology (1997), authored Pneumonia before Antibiotics: Therapeutic Evolution and Evaluation in Twentieth-Century America (2006), co-edited Oliver Wendell Holmes: Physician and Man of Letters (2009), and most recently authored The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics (2015).

Dr. Podolsky is Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. Since 2006, he has served as the director of the Center for the History of Medicine based at the Countway Medical Library.

Dr. Podolsky graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in history and science. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School.

Affiliation:

Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Medical Library

Preying on Prescribers (and Their Patients) - Pharmaceutical Marketing, Iatrogenic Epidemics, and the Sackler Legacy.
Authors: Authors: Podolsky SH, Herzberg D, Greene JA.
N Engl J Med
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The Rise and Fall of the "Personal Equation" in American and British Medicine, 1855-1952.
Authors: Authors: Brinkmann R, Turner A, Podolsky SH.
Perspect Biol Med
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The Futurist and Historian Will See You Now.
Authors: Authors: Podolsky SH.
Perspect Biol Med
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Historical Perspective on the Rise and Fall and Rise of Antibiotics and Human Weight Gain.
Authors: Authors: Podolsky SH.
Ann Intern Med
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Listerism Then and Now
Authors: Authors: Barr J, Podolsky SH
Lancet
Are the Medical Humanities for Sale? Lessons from a Historical Debate.
Authors: Authors: Podolsky SH, Greene JA.
J Med Humanit
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The Emergence of the Randomized, Controlled Trial.
Authors: Authors: Bothwell LE, Podolsky SH.
N Engl J Med
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Assessing the Gold Standard--Lessons from the History of RCTs.
Authors: Authors: Bothwell LE, Greene JA, Podolsky SH, Jones DS.
N Engl J Med
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Margaret Humphreys, Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), pp. xiv, 385, $34.95, hardback, ISBN: 9781421409993.
Authors: Authors: Podolsky SH.
Med Hist
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Regulating Homeopathic Products - A Century of Dilute Interest.
Authors: Authors: Podolsky SH, Kesselheim AS.
N Engl J Med
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