James Colgrove on the History of Vaccine Mandates
Joining the podcast today for a conversation about vaccine mandates is Dr. James Colgrove. Dr. Colgrove is a Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and the Dean of the Premedical Program at the Columbia School of General Studies.
His research examines the relationship between individual rights and the collective well-being and the social, political, and legal processes through which public health policies have been mediated in American history. He has authored many books, including Epidemic City: The Politics of Public Health in New York (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011); State of Immunity: The Politics of Vaccination in Twentieth-Century America (University of California Press, 2006). He recently published a piece in The Conversation that details the history of vaccine mandates in the united states, which he also examined in a 2004 paper in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.