Nancy Tomes, "Doctor Shoppers: From Problem Patients to Model Citizens"

Nancy Tomes, "Doctor Shoppers: From Problem Patients to Model Citizens"

  • Date: September 27th, 2018
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  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: Free tickets required; to reserve call 717-691-6036 or online at

2018 American Democracy Lecture: Sponsored by the Center for Public Humanities and the Department of History

Nancy Tomes


Nancy Tomes has written widely on the history of health and medicine in the U.S., including two award-winning books, “The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women and the Microbe in American Life” and “Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers.”

Tomes has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked with the renowned medical historian Charles E. Rosenberg. She teaches history at Stony Brook University. Tomes’ research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Library of Medicine, the National Humanities Center, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National nstitute for Mental Health and the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. During the summers of 2017 and 2018, she has been a fellow at the University of Utrecht’s Descartes Center for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences, which has given her a whole new perspective on the history of American health care.

Free tickets are required for this event. To reserve, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or online at