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The Taxonomy Fetish: Another View on Intellectual History in the History of Medicine and Public Health

The following is a guest post by Merlin Chowkwanyun. I admire greatly Daniel Goldberg’s critical writings on common assumptions in contemporary medical and public health practices. His most recent blog entry continues that reflexivity by provocatively considering the place of intellectual history in the history of medicine and public health. But while his post is valuable for reflecting on where the scholarship is going, its central premises are ultimately shaky and baffling, so much so that they risk mischaracterizing the field. Goldberg declares that the “vast majority of historians of medicine and public health write mostly social and cultural history.” Read more