Joseph Gabriel


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Bellamy 410

I am a historian of American medicine and the biomedical sciences. My scholarship focuses on the contested relationship between scientific and technological innovation, state regulation of the market, and social and cultural change. Much of it focuses on the history of drugs and pharmaceuticals in the nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries. I am also interested in the history of intellectual property, medical ethics, aesthetics, and the experience of both pleasure and suffering. 

Recent Publications:

Gabriel, J.M., Medical Monopoly: Intellectual Property Rights and the Origins of the Modern Pharmaceutical Industry (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

Gabriel, J.M. “Psychedelia and the History of the Chemical Sublime” in Temenuga Trifonova, ed., Contemporary Visual Culture and the Sublime (Routledge). Forthcoming.

Gabriel, J.M. “Pharmaceutical Patenting and the Transformation of American Medical Ethics” British Journal of the History of Science. Forthcoming.

Crick, N. and Gabriel, J.M., “Medical Narrative and the Rhetoric of Identification: The Many Faces of Anna White Dildane,” Health Communication 31:11 (2016), 1318-1326.

Gabriel, J.M. “Intoxication as Zone of Exception” Invited essay for Ingrid Walker and Alexine Fleck, eds., NANO: New American Notes Online, 9 (2016), special issue on intoxication and pleasure.

Gabriel, J.M. “Damage” in Trysh Travis and Timothy Aubry, eds., Re-Thinking Therapeutic Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2015), 24-32.

Gabriel, J.M. “The Testing of Sanocrysin: Science, Profit, and Innovation in Clinical Trial Design, 1925-1926” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 69:4 (2014), 604-632. 

Gabriel, J.M. and Goldberg, D. “Big Pharma and the Problem of Disease Inflation” International Journal of Health Services 44:2 (2014), 307-322.


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