Department of History

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Andrea Rusnock



  • Science and medicine in the Enlightenment, quantification, public health and the environment
  • history of vaccination


  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 1990
  • M.A., Princeton University, 1985
  • B.A., Brown University, 1982




  • Vital Accounts: Quantifying Health and Population in Eighteenth-Century England and France (Cambridge University Press, 2002).
  • The Correspondence of James Jurin (1684-1750), Physician and Secretary to the Royal Society, edited with an introduction, notes, and calendar of correspondence, Wellcome Institute Series in the History of Medicine (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1996).


  • (with Vivien Dietz) “Defining Women’s Work and Sickness: Female Friendly Societies in England, 1780-1830,” Journal of Women’s History (accepted for publication; forthcoming).
  • “Catching Cowpox: The Early Spread of Smallpox Vaccination, 1798-1810,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 83 (2009): 17-36.
  • “Making Sense of Vaccination ca. 1800,” in Crafting Immunity: Working Histories of Clinical Immunology, ed. Kenton Kroker, Jennifer Keelan, and Pauline M.H. Mazumdar (Aldershot, Hampshire and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008), 17-28.
  • “Medical Statistics and Hospital Medicine: The Case of Smallpox Vaccination,” Centaurus 49 (2007): 337-359.
  • “Quantifying Infant Mortality in Eighteenth-Century England and France,” in Body Counts: Medical Quantification in Historical and Sociological Perspectives/La quantification micale, perspectives historiques et sociologiques, ed. Gard Jorland, Annick Opinel and George Weisz (Montreal: McGill-Queen University Press, 2005).
  • “‘Merchant’s Logick’: Numerical Debates over Smallpox Inoculation in Eighteenth-Century England,” The Road to Medical Statistics, ed. Eileen Magnello and Anne Hardy (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi Press, 2002), 37-54.
  • “Hippocrates, Bacon, and Medical Meteorology at the Royal Society, 1700-1750,”Hippocrates and Modern Medicine, ed. David Cantor, (Ashgate Press, 2001), 144-161.
  • “Correspondence Networks and the Royal Society,” British Journal for the History of Science32 (1999):155-69.
  • “Biopolitics and the Mathematics of Population: Medical and Political Arithmetic in the Eighteenth Century,” in The Sciences in Enlightened Europe, ed. William Clark, Jan Golinski, and Simon Schaffer (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999).
  • “The Weight of Evidence and the Burden of Authority: Case Histories, Medical Statistics, and Smallpox Inoculation,” in Medicine in the Enlightenment, ed. Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute Series in the History of Medicine (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1995), 289-315.
  • “Quantification, Precision, and Accuracy: Determinations of Population in the Ancient Regime,” in The Values of Precision, ed. M. Norton Wise (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995), 17-38.

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