Biomedicine and Its Historiography: A Systematic Review

  • Nicolas RasmussenEmail author
Living reference work entry
Part of the Historiography of Science book series (HISTSC, volume 1)


In this essay I conduct a quantitative systematic review of the scholarly literature in history of life sciences, assessing how well the distribution of the activity of historians aligns with the distribution of activities of scientists across fields of biomedical research as defined by expenditures by the cognate institutes of the United States NIH. I also ask how well the distribution of resources to the various research fields of biomedicine in the second half of the 20th Century has aligned with morbidity and mortality in the United States associated with the cognate disease categories. The two exercises point to underexplored areas for historical work, and open new historical questions about research policy in the US.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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