Randi Epstein

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Lecturer in English
63 High St, New Haven, CT 06511-6642

M.P.H.  Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, 2011
M.D.  Yale University School of Medicine, 1990
M.S.  Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 1985
B.A.  University of Pennsylvania, 1984


My interests range from the history of public health to current topics in American medicine. I am fascinated with the portrayal of public health in the media and how this depiction shapes popular conceptions of medicine. Conversely, I enjoy exploring how cultural attitudes, both contemporary and historical, influence scientific research. My first book, published by W.W. Norton, delved into the history of childbirth. I am currently working on a book about hormones—a 20th century journey into the way our perception of these substances has evolved through their discovery, use and abuse.


- Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank (Norton: 2010)

- Inside Neurosurgery’s Rise (New York Times, August 23, 2010)

- The Scent of a Woman: Don’t trust the hype about pheromones and sexual attraction. (Slate.com, August 18, 2011)

- “Emotions, Fertility, and the 1940s Woman”, Journal of Public Health Policy, vol. 24,  no. 2, 2003.

- Concordance of Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Cancer”, Psychol Rep 54 1984. (co-author)


Writing about Medicine and Public Health