March 7, 2008

Harvard’s Brandt set for Discovery Lecture

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Harvard’s Brandt set for Discovery Lecture

Smoking — love it or hate it — has been part of American culture for more than a century.

Science historian Allen Brandt, Ph.D., will discuss tobacco's checkered history in the next Discovery Lecture, “The Tobacco Pandemic: Ethics, Health and History,” Thursday, March 13, at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.

In his research, Brandt, the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has focused on social and ethical aspects of health, disease and medical practices in the 20th United States.

His extensive writings on the history of epidemic disease, public health and human subjects research include two popular books: “No Magic Bullet: A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States Since 1880,” and his most recent work, “The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America.”

For a complete schedule of the Discovery Lecture Series and archived video of previous lectures, go to