Alan Brandt is a historian of medicine and the Amalie Kass Professor of History of Medicine and Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. He is the prize winning author of books such as The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product that Defined America.
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Brandt received his B.A. in history from Brandeis University in 1974. He then attended Columbia University where he received his Ph.D. (1983) in American history. He has written on the social history of epidemic disease; the history of public health and health policy; and the history of human experimentation among other topics. In 1998, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In September 2004, he testified as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice in U.S. v Philip Morris et al. The federal district court judge in the case found that the companies had violated racketeering and fraud (RICO) statutes over a fifty year period. Brandt has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
His most recent book, The Cigarette Century, was awarded the Bancroft Prize in 2008. He is currently writing about tobacco policy, patient-doctor relationships, and the HIV epidemic in historical perspectives.
No Magic Bullet: A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States Since 1880, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985; enlarged paperback ed., 1987).
Morality and Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Allan M. Brandt and Paul Rozin, eds. (New York and London: Routledge, 1997).
Staying Together, Living Apart: The AIDS Epidemic and New Perspectives on Group Living for Youth and Families, Carol Levine, Allan M. Brandt, and James K. Whittaker. (New York: The Orphan Project, 1998).
Bioethics and Beyond. Daedalus. Fall 1999. (Co-edited with Arthur Kleinman and Renee Fox).
Editor, with Larry R. Churchill, of the "Studies in Social Medicine" book series, University of North Carolina Press, 1994-present.
The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product that Defined America, (New York: Basic Books, 2007).