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Scott Podolsky, MD

Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, HMS

Director, Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Medical Library

  • Phone: 617-724-4054
Primary Care
Department of Medicine
Clinical Interests
History of medicine
Internal Medicine
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Harvard Medical School
Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
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Scott Podolsky, MD isan associate professor in the Department of Social Medicine and a primary carephysician at Massachusetts General Hospital. Since 2006, he has served as the Director of the Center for the History of Medicine, based at the CountwayMedical Library.  Dr. Podolsky graduated summacum laude from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in history andscience. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Podolsky hasco-authored Generation of Diversity: Clonal Selection Theory and the Rise ofMolecular Immunology (1997), authored Pneumonia before Antibiotics:Therapeutic Evolution and Evaluation in Twentieth-Century America (2006), and co-editedOliver Wendell Holmes: Physician and Man of Letters (2009). His mostrecent book, The Antibiotic Era: Reform,Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics (Johns HopkinsUniversity Press, 2015), traces nearly seven decades of antibiotic reformefforts, framing our current efforts to stave off a post-antibiotic era.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Scott H.Podolsky, The Antibiotic Era: Reform,Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics (Baltimore: JohnsHopkins University Press, 2015).

Scott H.Podolsky and Charles S. Bryan, editors, Oliver Wendell Holmes: Physician andMan of Letters (Canton: Science History Publications, 2009).

Scott H.Podolsky, Pneumonia Before Antibiotics: Therapeutic Evolution and Evaluationin Twentieth-Century America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,2006).

Scott H.Podolsky and Alfred I. Tauber, Generation of Diversity: Clonal SelectionTheory and the Rise of Molecular Immunology (Cambridge: Harvard UniversityPress, 1997).

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