David S. Jones
A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine
Harvard Magazine, 3/2013
Harvard Magazine, 9/2012
Harvard Gazette Profile, 9/1/2011
David Jones completed his A.B. at Harvard College in 1993 (History and Science), and then pursued a Ph.D. in History of Science at Harvard University and an M.D. at Harvard Medical School, receiving both in 2001. After an internship in pediatrics at Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center, he trained as a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, and then worked for two years as a staff psychiatrist in the Psychiatric Emergency Service at Cambridge Hospital. He joined the faculty at MIT in 2005 as an Assistant Professor of the History and Culture of Science and Technology. From 2004 to 2008 Professor Jones directed the Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology, and Medicine at MIT, organizing a successful series of conferences about race, science, and technology. In 2009 he was appointed as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT’s highest honor for faculty who have made sustained contributions to undergraduate education . He also taught as a lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he was awarded the 2010 Donald O'Hara Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 2011 he left MIT to join the Harvard faculty fulltime as the inaugural A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, a joint position between the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine. The Ackerman Program at Harvard University fosters collaborations in the medical humanities and social sciences across the two campuses.
His initial research focused on epidemics among American Indians, resulting in a book, Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality since 1600 (published by Harvard University Press in 2004), and several articles. Jones has also examined human subjects research, Cold War medicine, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and the history of cardiac surgery. His current research explores the history of decision making in cardiac therapeutics, attempting to understand how cardiologists and cardiac surgeons implement new technologies of cardiac revascularization. This research is supported by an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, by the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, and by the National Science Foundation. The first book from this work, Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013) examines why it can be so difficult for physicians to determine the efficacy and safety of their treatments. He is now at work on two follow up books. One, On the Origins of Therapies, will trace the evolution of coronary artery bypass surgery. The other examines the history of heart disease and cardiac therapeutics in India.
- Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
- What's the Use of Race? Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010.
- Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality since 1600 Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.
Jones, D.S. “How Personalized Medicine Became Genetic, and Racial: Werner Kalow and the Formations of Pharmacogenetics.” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 68 (2013): 1-48.
Jones, D.S., and J.A. Greene, “The Decline and Rise of Coronary Heart Disease: Understanding Public Health Catastrophism.” American Journal of Public Health 103 (July 2013).
Jones, D.S. “The Prospects of Personalized Medicine.” In Genetic Explanation: Sense and Nonsense, ed. Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber, pp. 147-170. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013.
Podolsky, Scott H., Jeremy A. Greene, and D.S. Jones. “The Changing Role of the Medical Journal.” New England Journal of Medicine 366 (19 April 2012): 1457-1461.
Jones, D.S., Scott H. Podolsky, and Jeremy A. Greene. “The Burden of Disease and the Changing Task of Medicine.” New England Journal of Medicine (21 June 2012): 2333-2338.
Jones, D.S. “Olympic Medicine.” New England Journal of Medicine 367 (26 July 2012): 289-292.
Jones, D.S. “How Much CABG Is Good for Us?” Lancet 380 (11 August 2012): 557-558.
Jeremy A. Greene, D.S. Jones, and Scott H. Podolsky. “Therapeutic Evolution and the Challenge of Rational Medicine.” New England Journal of Medicine 367 (September 2012): 1077-1082.
- Jones, D.S., and J.A. Greene, “The Contributions of Prevention and Treatment to the Decline in Cardiovascular Mortality: Lessons from a Forty-Year Debate.” Health Affairs 31 (October 2012): 2250-2258.
Jones, D.S., A. Cambrosio, and A. Mogoutov. “The Detection and Characterization of Translational Research in Cancer and Cardiovascular Medicine.” Journal of Translational Medicine 9 (2011): 57 (12 pages).
Dorr, Gregory M., and D.S. Jones. “Facts and Fictions: BiDil and the Resurgence of Racial Medicine.” Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 36 (Fall 2008): 443-448.
Jones, D.S. “The Persistence of American Indian Health Disparities.” American Journal of Public Health 96 (December 2006): 2122-2134.
Jones, D.S., R.H. Perlis. “Pharmacogenetics, Race, and Psychiatry.” Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 14 (March-April 2006): 92-108.
Jones, D.S., and R.L. Martensen. “Human Radiation Experiments and the Formation of Medical Physics at the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley, 1937-1962.” In Useful Bodies: Humans in the Service of Medical Science in the Twentieth Century, ed. Jordon Goodman, Anthony McElligott, and Lara Marks, 91-108. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
Jones, D.S. “Virgin Soils Revisited.” William and Mary Quarterly, 60:4 (October 2003): 703-742.
Jones, D.S. “The Health Care Experiments at Many Farms: The Navajo, Tuberculosis, and the Limits of Modern Medicine, 1952-1962.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 76 (Winter 2002): 749-790.
Jones, D.S. “Technologies of Compliance: Surveillance of Self-Administration of Tuberculosis Treatment, 1956-1966.” History and Technology 17 (Winter 2001): 279-318.
Jones, D.S. “Visions of a Cure: Visualization, Clinical Trials, and Controversies in Cardiac Therapeutics, 1968-1998.” Isis 91 (September 2000): 504-541.
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (617) 495-3562
- Office Hours
Medical Ethics and Professionalism
Medical History and Ethics
History and Anthropology of Medicine and Biology
Medicine and Society in America
- HS248. Ethics and Judgment in the History of Science and Medicine
- SM750. Introduction to Social Medicine and Global Health