David S. Jones

David S. Jones

A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine
David S. Jones

Research Interests

After initial research on epidemics, health inequalities, and the social determinants of disease, Jones is now pursuing several projects: one is a history of heart disease in India, where air pollution and other environmental risk factors have contributed to an emerging public health calamity, and the other is a history of efforts to understand the health effects of air pollution in the United States.

Related Publications

Adams, Vincanne, Saudi Garcia, and David S. Jones. “Climate Disasters and Global Social Medicine.” Lancet (online first 28 May 2021).


Jones, David S., and Stefan Helmreich. “The Shape of Epidemics.” Boston Review, 26 June 2020. Available at http://bostonreview.net/science-nature/david-s-jones-stefan-helmreich-shape-epidemics


Jones, David S. “History in a Crisis—Lessons for Covid-19.” New England Journal of Medicine 382 (30 April 2020): 1681-1683 (published online 12 March).


Dunk, James H., and David S. Jones. “Sounding the Alarm on Climate Change, 1989 and 2019.” New England Journal of Medicine 382 (16 January 2020): 205-207.


Dunk, James H., David S. Jones, Anthony Capon, and Warwick H. Anderson. “Human Health on an Ailing Planet—Historical Perspectives on Our Future.” New England Journal of Medicine 381 (22 August 2019): 778-782.


Jones, D.S. "Therapeutic Evolution or Revolution? Metaphors and Their Consequences." In Therapeutic Revolutions: Pharmaceuticals and Social Change in the Twentieth Century, ed. Jeremy A. Greene, Flurin Contra and Elizabeth Siegel Watkins. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016.


Jones, D.S. Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.


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. Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality since 1600. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.


Jones, D.S. "Virgin Soils Revisited." William and Mary Quarterly, 60:4 (October 2003): 703-742.

Faculty Department

  • History of Science
  • Global Health & Social Medicine


Center for Bioethics

Contact Information

Science Center, Room 371

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