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1. Michael Worboys, Spreading Germs: Disease Theories and Medical Practice in Britain, 1865–1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 81. [Book with page number for direct quotation]
2. Stephen Palmer, “Central American Encounters with Rockefeller Public Health, 1914–1921,” in Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural history of U.S.–Latin American Relations, ed. Catherine LeGrand, Gilbert Joseph, and Ricardo Salvatore (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1999), 311–32, quotation on 320. [Chapter in edited book with inclusive page numbers and page number for direct quotation]
3. Alexandra Stern, “Making Better Babies: Public Health and Race Betterment in Indiana, 1920–1935,” Amer. J. Public Health 90 (2002): 742–52, quotation on 751. [Journal article with inclusive page nos. and page no. of direct quotation.]
4. Ibid., 750.
5. Palmer, “Central American Encounters” (n. 2), 312. [Short form for previously cited item]
6. James Smith, “Public Health Experiments,” in LeGrand, Joseph, and Salvatore, Close Encounters (n. 2), 100–134. [Chapter in previously cited book]
7. Lauren Nauta, “Medical Development in New Jersey” (Ph.D. diss., University of Pennsylvania, 2006). [Dissertation]
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The Bulletin of the History of Medicine publishes scholarly articles spanning the social, cultural, and scientific aspects of the history of medicine worldwide. Articles are based on historical research in primary sources grounded in the robust secondary literature in the history of medicine. The Bulletin does not publish material that is available elsewhere, in any language, at the time of its publication in the journal, or material for which we must acknowledge permission to another publisher. We regularly publish articles that later appear as chapters in books, but the journal and its publisher, The Johns Hopkins University Press, hold the copyright, and the book publisher must request permission to reprint. Publication of the journal article must antedate publication of the book. In addition to offering new information based on scholarly historical research in primary sources, authors are expected to make critical interpretations and to place their narratives in a suitable historical and historiographic context. Authors must explain how their contribution fits in with the existing history of medicine literature on the topic at hand. Each article submitted for publication is assessed first by the editors (to make sure that it is a research article, and not a general overview of a subject), and then, if the article seems appropriate for the journal, by 3-4 historians expert in the particular area covered by the article. The journal utilizes a strict double-blind review process. If revisions are requested, the editors will decide which or all of the original reviewers to send the revised paper for re-reviewing. The approximate time between submission to initial decision is 4 months.
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