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Dominique Tobbell

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Phone: Office: 612-626-5114
Fax: 612-625-7938




Office:  510A Diehl Hall

Program in the History of Medicine
MMC #506 Mayo Building
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455

Web site:  dtobbell.googlepages.com/home

Specialties: oral history, history of pharmaceuticals, health care policy, academic medicine, medical technology, biomedical sciences

I am a historian of 20th century medicine and biomedical science and technology with a particular interest in the history of pharmaceuticals, health policy, and academic medicine. I received my B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Manchester in 2001 and my M.A. and Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. I am currently working on a book manuscript, Pills, Power, and Policy: How Drug Companies and Physicians Resisted Federal Reform in Cold War America, which describes how the American drug industry and key sectors of the medical profession came to be allies against federal reform, and details the political strategies used by that pharmaceutical-medical alliance to influence public opinion and shape legislative reform and the regulatory environment of prescription drugs after World War II. My other work has focused on the role of academic and government researchers, biotechnology companies, and disease-based organizations in the development of drugs to treat rare diseases, so-called orphan drugs. I am also interested in post-war developments in academic medicine and in health policy, and am the oral historian for the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center History Project. In addition to my academic interests, I train, coach, and compete in judo and hold the rank of nidan (second-degree black belt).

Selected Publications:

"Allied Against Reform: Pharmaceutical Industry-Academic Physician Relations in the United States, 1945-1970." Bulletin of the History of the Medicine, 82 (2008): 878-912.
"'Who's Winning the Human Race?' Cold War as Pharmaceutical Political Strategy," Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (Forthcoming, July 2009).
"Charitable Innovations: The Political Economy of Thalassemia Research and Drug Development in the United States, 1960-2000," in Judy Slinn and Vivianne Quirke, eds, Perspectives on Twentieth Century Pharmaceuticals (Peter Lang AG, Forthcoming Spring 2009).

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