David J. Rothman

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

622 W 168th St.
Suite 15-25
Phone: (212) 305-4096
Email: djr5@columbia.edu
Office Hours: By Appointment

Biography

David Rothman, Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine and Professor of History, is director of the Center for the Study of Science and Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He specializes in social history and the history of medicine. He received his B.A. from Columbia (1958) and his Ph.D. from Harvard (1964). His published works include: Beginnings Count: The Technological Imperative in American Health Care (1997); Strangers at the Bedside: A History of How Law and Bioethics Transformed Medical Decision-making (1991); The Willowbrook Wars (1984); Conscience and Convenience: The Asylum and Its Alternatives in Progressive America (1980); and The Discovery of the Asylum: Social Order and Disorder in the New Republic (1971; new ed., 1990). He has most recently published The Pursuit of Perfection: The Promise and Perils of Medical Enhancement (2003), co-authored with Sheila Rothman.