George Rosen Prize

George Rosen (NLM)

George Rosen (NLM)

The George Rosen Prize is awarded to one or more authors/creators of a book, article, essay, edited volume, museum exhibition, film, or other significant contribution to the history of public health or the history of social medicine published or created in the two calendar years preceding the award’s nomination deadline, i.e. during 2015 or 2016. “Social medicine” here refers to historical efforts to heal, relieve, or prevent diseases arising inherently from social circumstances and is intended to be distinct from the “social history of medicine.” In this context, “social” refers to the perspective of the historical actors and not to the perspective or methods of the historian. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, in Los Angeles, CA, May 10-13, 2018.

The award is named in honor of George Rosen, physician, public health administrator, past-president of the AAHM, and a major contributor to the history of social medicine. The AAHM Council established the award in 2014 thanks to the generosity of the Susan Rosen Koslow.

The chair of the 2017-2018 Rosen Prize Committee, Caroline Hannaway, welcomes suggestions of books, articles, films or other significant scholarly endeavors to consider for the award. Publishers nominating a book must send a copy to each member of the committee.

To nominate materials and to obtain mailing addresses of all committee members, contact Caroline Hannaway, Chair of the George Rosen Prize Committee, at

Deadline for submissions: 31 October 2017.

Rosen Prize Committee, 2017-2018

Caroline Hannaway, Chair
Jennifer Gunn
Margaret Humphreys
James Mohr
John Parascandola


Medicine and Public Health in Latin America

2017: Marcos Cueto and Steven Palmer, Medicine and Public Health in Latin America: A History (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

2016: Erica Charters for her book, Disease, War, and the Imperial State: The Welfare of the British Armed Forces during the Seven Years’ War (University of Chicago Press, 2014)

2015: Margaret Humphreys for her book, Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War  (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013)