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Visual Culture and Public Health (Introduction)

Barnard, Malcolm. Approaches to Understanding Visual Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2001.

Berger, Maurice, ed. Modern Art and Society: An Anthology of Social and Multicultural Readings. New York: Harper Collins, 1994.

Bynum, William and Roy Porter, eds. Medicine and the Five Senses. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Drucker, Joanna. "Who's Afraid of Visual Culture?" Art Journal 58 (Winter 1999): 36-47.

Evans, Jessica and Stuart Hall, eds. Visual Culture: The Reader. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2001.

Gilman, Sander. Picturing Health and Illness: Images of Identity and Difference. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.

Helfand, William H. Medicine and Pharmacy: 100 Years of Poster Art. Albany: New York State Museum, 1981.

Helfand, William H. To Your Health: An Exhibition of Posters for Contemporary Public Health Issues. Bethesda, MD: National Library of Medicine, 1990.

Helfand, William H. "Art in the Service of Public Health: The Illustrated Poster," Caduceus VI (1990): 1-37.

Mirzoeff, Nicholas. An Introduction to Visual Culture. New York: Routledge, 1999.

Robert-Sterkendries, Marine and Pierre Julien. Posters of Health. Brussels: Therabel, 1996.

Smith, Shawn Michelle. American Archives: Gender, Race, and Class in Visual Culture. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999.

Stafford, Barbara Maria. Good Looking: Essays on the Virtue of Images. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press, 1996.

Sturken, Marita and Lisa Cartwright. Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Walker, John and Sarah Chaplin, eds. Visual Culture: An Introduction. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1997.

Infectious Disease

"Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Control of Infectious Diseases," Centers for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 48 (July 30, 1999): 621-629.

Brandt, Allan M. No Magic Bullet: A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States Since 1880. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

DeSalle, Rob, ed. Epidemic!: The World of Infectious Disease. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.

Dowling, H.F. Fighting Infection: Conquests of the Twentieth Century. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1977.

Dubos, René and Jean. The White Plague: Tuberculosis, Man, and Society. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1987.

Feldberg, Georgina. Disease and Class: Tuberculosis and the Shaping of North American Society. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1995.

Grob, Gerald. Deadly Truth: A History of Disease in America. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2002.

Karlen, Arn. Man and Microbes: Diseases and Plagues in History and Modern Times. New York: Putnam Son's, 1995.

Levy, SB. The Antibiotic Paradox: How Miracle Drugs are Destroying the Miracle. New York: Plenum, 1992.

Martin, Emily. Flexible Bodies: Tracking Immunity in American Culture -- From the Days of Polio to the Age of AIDS. Boston: Beacon Press, 1994.

Ott, Katherine. Fevered Lives: Tuberculosis in American Culture Since 1870. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1996.

Rosenberg, Charles and Janet Golden, eds. Framing Disease: Studies in Cultural History. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1992.

Rothman, Sheila M. Living in the Shadow of Death: Tuberculosis and the Social Experience of Illness in American History. New York: BasicBooks, 1994.

Rothstein, William G. Public Health and the Risk Factor: A History of an Uneven Medical Revolution. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2003.

Ryan, Frank. The Forgotten Plague: How the Battle Against Tuberculosis Was Won -- and Lost. Boston: Little, Brown, 1993.

Tomes, Nancy. The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women, the Microbe and Everyday Life. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1998.

World Heath Organization. The History of Vaccination [online]. [cited 3 October 2003].

Environmental Health

Bowker, Michael. Fatal Deception: The Terrifying True Story of How Asbestos is Killing America. Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2003.

Davis, Devra Lee. When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution. New York: Basic Books, 2002.

Dewey, Scott Hamilton. Don't Breathe the Air: Air Pollution and U.S. Environmental Politics, 1945-1970. Texas Station: Texas A & M University Press, 2000.

Goklany, Indur. Clearing the Air: The Real Story of the War on Air Pollution. Washington, DC: CATO Institute, 1999.

Hays, Samuel P. and Barbara D. Hays. Beauty, Health, and Permanence: Environmental Politics in the United States, 1955-1985. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Kovarik, William. Environmental History Timeline [online]. Radford, Va.: Radford University. [cited 3 October 2003]. Available from the World Wide Web: (

Lewis, Jack. "Lead Poisoning: A Historical Perspective," EPA Journal 11:4 (May 1985).

Markowitz, Gerald and David Rosner. Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

McCally, Michael. Life Support: The Environment and Human Health. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002.

Rosner, David and Gerald Markowitz. Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the Politics of Industrial Health in Twentieth-Century America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.

Sellers, Christopher. Hazards of the Job: From Industrial Disease to Environmental Health Science. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997.

Tarr, Joel. The Search for the Ultimate Sink: Urban Pollution in Historical Perspective. Akron, OH: University of Akron Press, 1996.

Tweedale, Geoffrey. Magic Mineral to Killer Dust: Turner & Newell and the Asbestos Hazard. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Warren, Christian. Brush With Death: A Social History of Lead Poisoning. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

Well, David. The Pesticide Poisoning of America [online photo essay]. Boston: Boston University School of Public Health. [cited 3 October 2003].

Anti-Smoking Campaigns

Action on Smoking and Health. Key dates in the history of anti-tobacco campaigning [online]. [cited 3 October 2003]. Available from the World Wide Web: (

Buckley, Christopher. Thank You for Smoking. New York: Random House, 1994.

Gabb, Sean. Smoking and Its Enemies: A Short History of 500 Years of the Use and Prohibition of Tobacco. London: Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco, 1990.

Glantz, Stanton A. and Edith D. Balbach. Tobacco War: Inside the California Battles. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.

Glantz, Stanton A., John Slade, Lisa A. Bero, Peter Hanauer, and Deborah E. Barnes, eds. The Cigarette Papers. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.

Kessler, David A. A Question of Intent: A Great American Battle With a Deadly Industry. New York: Public Affairs, 2001.

Kluger, Richard. Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.

National Center for Chronic Disease Control and Prevention. Tobacco Information and Prevention Resources [online]. [cited 3 October 2003]. Available from the World Wide Web: (

Pertschuk, Michael. Smoke in Their Eyes: Lessons in Movement Leadership from the Tobacco Wars. Nashville: Vanderbuilt University Press, 2001.

Proctor, Robert. The Nazi War on Cancer. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999.

Rabin, Robert L. and Stephen D. Sugarman, eds. Regulating Tobacco: Premises and Policy Options. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Sullum, Jacob. For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Campaign and the Tyranny of Public Health. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Reducing Tobacco Use: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2000.


Aggleton, Peggy and Richard Parker. A Conceptual Framework and Basis for Action: HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination. Geneva: UNAIDS, 2002.

Bayer, Ronald and Gerald Oppenheimer, eds. AIDS Doctors: Voices From the Epidemic. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Berridge, Virginia and Philip Strong, eds. AIDS and Contemporary History. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Crimp, Douglas. Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics. Cambridge: MIT, 2002.

Crimp, Douglas and Adam Rolston. AIDS Demo Graphics. Seattle: Bay Press, 1990.

Crimp, Douglas, ed. AIDS: Cultural Analysis, Cultural Activism. Cambridge: MIT, 1987.

Fee, Elizabeth and Daniel Fox, eds. AIDS: The Burdens of History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.

Fee, Elizabeth and Daniel Fox. AIDS: The Making of a Chronic Disease. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.

Grmek, Mirko D. History of AIDS: Emergence and Origin of a Modern Pandemic. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990.

Hannaway, Caroline, Victoria A. Harden, and John Parascandola, eds. AIDS and the Public Debate: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Amsterdam: IOS, 1995.

Helmken, Charles Michael. AIDS: Images for Survival. Washington, D.C.: Shoshin Society, 1989.

Kanabus, Annabel and Jenni Fredriksson. AIDS and HIV History [online] in History, Pictures, Virus [online]. West Sussex, U.K.: AVERT. [cited 3 October 2003]. Available from the World Wide Web: (

Kramer, Larry. Reports From the Holocaust: The Story of an AIDS Activist. New York: St. Martin's, 1994.

Levin, Martin A. and Mary Bryna Sanger. After the Cure: Managing AIDS and Other Public Health Crises. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2000.

Medical Mission Institute Wuerzburg. Posters in AIDS Education. Wuerzburg, Germany: AIDS and International Health Department, 1994.

Monette, Paul. Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1998.

Shilts, Randy. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic. New York: St. Martin's, 1987.

Treichler, Paula. How to Have Theory in an Epidemic: Cultural Chronicles of AIDS. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1999.