In early January, President Trump had a physical exam at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a periodic rite for US presidents in the modern era. The results were made public a few days later, with fevered public interest from popular media and television commentators. Was the President, with a height/weight ratio that put his BMI… Read more →
Deborah Levine is associate professor of health policy and management at Providence College where she teaches introductory courses on the US health care system as well as upper level research seminars on nutrition, ideas of disease prevention, and patient experience of illness. Trained as a historian of science, her research focuses on the history of medicine and disease in the United States. Debby is currently at work on a book about the history of diet, nutrition, and obesity in the United States, with a particular focus on how that history has shaped and continues to inform US clinical practices and health policies. Other research interests include the histories of health policy, medical education, and patient experiences of disease. Her most recent scholarly publications include “The Curious History of the Calorie in US Policy: A Tradition of Unfulfilled Promises” in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and “‘I Haven’t Time to Write’: Martha May Eliot and American Medical Education Reform” in Annals of Internal Medicine.