Applied Health Sciences - Health Sciences
I teach and think about the history of medicine. A lot.
More specifically, I am interested in the history of drug and alcohol regulation and prohibition; the medicalization of conditions not always considered "medical" in nature; the development of the pharmaceutical industry; the often contentious relationship between various health professions; and the changing, socially-framed nature of disease.
My recent book, Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Public Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927-1944 was published by UBC Press in May, 2012. If you want to talk about booze and its regulation, I'm probably pondering this at the pub right now. I may even be celebrating, because the book received the Canadian Historical Association's Clio Prize for the best book in Ontario history for 2012. It's humbling, and reason to celebrate. (It also won an award from Gourmand magazine)
I have an additional interest in consumerism and modernity, and am co-editor (with Cheryl Krasnick Warsh) of an essay collection entitled Consuming Modernity: Changing gendered behaviours and consumerism, 1919-1945 (UBC Press, 2013).
My current research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, looks at the development of Canada's drug laws from the nineteenth century to 1911. The book, When Good Drugs Go Bad: Opium, medicine, and the origins of Canada's drug laws will be published in 2015.
Students interested in doing directed readings on topics like addiction, drugs and alcohol, professionalization of medicine, or state regulation of health, all from historical perspectives, of course, should drop me a line.
If you are so inclined, you can follow me on Twitter, @DanMalleck, where I comment on drug and alcohol policy, amongst other things like brewing and politics. I also maintain a website/blog www.drughistorycanada.com, which focuses on policy from an historical perspective. I don't do much on either of these sites, so don't get so excited.
I also have this bad habit of presenting at alcohol and drug history conferences. One of these indulgences was caught on video. You can see it here:
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