Randi Epstein

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Lecturer in English

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, Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank, was published by W.W. Norton in 2010.  Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything was published by W.W.Norton in 2018.

Selected Publications

- Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything (W.W.Norton: 2018)

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

- The Dangerous Price of Diabetes: Not What the Pioneering Researchers Predicted, Nursing Clio, July 18,  2018

- Diabetes at Risk from Rising InsulinNew York Times, June 22, 2018

 - Stop Calling Women HormonalNew York Times, June 2, 2018

- Howard W. Jones, Jr., a Pioneer of Reproductive Medicine, Dies at 104, New York Times, July 31, 2015

- 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)


Undergraduate: Writing about Medicine and Public Health