Is there a Rosenberg School?

Nancy Tomes, Jeremy Greene

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Since his first book The Cholera Years appeared in 1962, Charles Rosenberg has had an enormous influence on the history of medicine. Not the least of that influence has been exercised through his role as a graduate teacher, advisor, and mentor. This article compares Rosenberg's work with that of his students, to see if there is such a historiographic identity as the "Rosenberg School." The authors, two Rosenberg students from different generations, conclude that there is not such a school, at least in the classic sense of the term. Yet they argue that certain common assumptions, or "Rosenberg Rules," have been passed on from Rosenberg to the other scholars he has influenced. They also discuss the challenges they have encountered in applying Charles's conceptual framework, worked out primarily in pre-1920 terms, to the late twentieth-century history of American medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-466
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the history of medicine and allied sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Charles E. Rosenberg
  • Historical profession
  • Historiography
  • History of medicine
  • Roger Cooter
  • Twentieth century
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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