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David J. Rothman, PhD

David J. Rothman, PhD

Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine
Professor, History
Director, Center for the Study of Society and Medicine
Director, Center for Medicine as a Profession

David Rothman is director of the Center for the Study of Science and Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He specializes in social medicine and the history of medicine. He has also written extensively on the ethics of human experimentation; in the New York Review of Books, he has addressed such issues as how AIDS came to infect Romanian orphans, the ethics of research in third-world countries, and how trafficking in organs for transplantation has become worldwide phenomena. His published works include The Discovery of the Asylum: Social Order and Disorder in the New Republic (1971, 1990); Conscience and Convenience: The Asylum and Its Alternatives in Progressive America (1980), The Willowbrook Wars (1984), Strangers at the Bedside: A History of How Law and Bioethics Transformed Medical Decision-making (1991), and Beginnings Count: The Technological Imperative in American Health Care (1997). He recently co-authored his newest book with Sheila Rothman The Pursuit of Perfection: The Promise and Perils of Medical Enhancement.

Education & Training
 Harvard University, PhD , 1964
 Columbia University, BA, 1958
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Contact Information

622 W 168th Street
PH Suite 15-25
New York , NY 10032
USA Phone
work: 212-305-4096
fax: 212-305-6416
Email : djr5@columbia.edu

Other Websites:
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/history/faculty/h_faculty_profile_rothman.htm
http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/medicine/generalmed/
http://www.societyandmedicine.columbia.edu/

Selected Published Works

The Discovery of the Asylum: Social Order and Disorder in the New Republic (1971, 1990)

Conscience and Convenience: The Asylum and Its Alternatives in Progressive America (1980)

The Willowbrook Wars (1984)

Strangers at the Bedside: A History of How Law and Bioethics Transformed Medical Decision-making (1991)

Beginnings Count: The Technological Imperative in American Health Care (1997)





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