Howard Brody, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Institute for the Medical Humanities
John P. McGovern Centennial Chair in Family Medicine

Recent Publications

Howard Brody arrived at the IMH in May, 2006.  He served as Director until 2014. Previously, he was University Distinguished Professor of Family Practice, Philosophy, and the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University, East Lansing. He served as Director of MSU's Center for Ethics and Humanities from 1985 to 2000.

Dr. Brody received his M.D. degree from the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University in 1976, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy, also from Michigan State University, in 1977. He completed a residency in family practice at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville.

Dr. Brody's latest book is The Future of Bioethics (Oxford University Press, January 2009).

Previous books by Dr. Brody include:

Michael Ryan's Writings on Medical Ethics, ed. Howard Brody, Zahra Meghani, and Kimberley Greenwald (Boston: Springer, in press)

Hooked: Ethics, the Medical Profession, and the Pharmaceutical Industry (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007)

Cholera, Chloroform, and the Science of Medicine: A Life of John Snow (with Peter Vinten-Johansen, Nigel Paneth, Stephen Rachman, and Michael Rip; Oxford University Press, 2003)

Stories of Sickness (revised and expanded edition, Oxford University Press, 2003)

The Placebo Response: How You Can Release the Body's Inner Pharmacy for Better Health (with Daralyn Brody; HarperCollins, 2000)

The Healer's Power (Yale University Press, 1992)

Stories of Sickness (Yale University Press, 1987)

Ethical Decisions in Medicine (Little Brown, second edition 1981)

Placebos and the Philosophy of Medicine (University of Chicago Press, 1980)

Dr. Brody has also written numerous articles on medical ethics, family medicine, and philosophy of medicine. Current research interests include the importance of an interdisciplinary humanities base for bioethics, ethical issues in primary care, community engagement in bioethics, and professional integrity in both medical practice and clinical research.

Dr. Brody was elected President of the Society for Health and Human Values (now part of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities) in 1988-89. In 1993-94, Dr. Brody served as Senior Scholar in Residency for the American Academy of Family Physicians at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research in Rockville, MD; he also chaired the Michigan Commission on Death and Dying. In 1995, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He has been invited to lecture in Great Britain, New Zealand, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Argentina, Japan, and China. His work has been translated into six languages. 
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