Nicole Oresme and the Marvels of Nature: A Study of His De causis mirabilium with Critical Edition, Translation, and Commentary.
Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1985.

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Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America.

New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2009.

Winner of awards from the Popular Culture Association and the American Library Association.

Four-minute interview about how I got into research on images as a new source for insights into medical history.  Published on by the Science History Institute in Philadelphia in 2014.
Table of Contents
Part 1. The Setting
1.  Medicine in the Public Eye, Then and Now
2.  Before There Were Medical Breakthroughs: Diseases and Doctors in the Pictorial Press, 1860-1890

Part 2. A New Regime of Medical Progress
3.  How Medicine Became Hot News, 1885
4.  Popular Enthusiasm for Laboratory Discoveries, 1885-1895
5.  Creating an Institutional Base for Medical Research,1890-1920

Part 3. Medical History for the Public, 1925-1950
6.  The Mass Media Make Medical History Popular
7.  “And now, a word from our sponsor”: Making Medical History Commercial
8.  Popular Medical History in Children
s Comic Books of the 1940s

Part 4. The Modern Imagery of Medical Progress
9.  Life Looks at Medicine: Magazine Photography and the American Public
10. The Meaning of an Era

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The author gratefully acknowledges that research for this book was supported in part by the PSC-CUNY Awards Program of the City University of New York and the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences of Baruch College.