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David S. Jones

David S. Jones, MD, PhD, is A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology in the T. H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University. He is author of Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality since 1600 (Harvard, 2004) and Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care (Johns Hopkins, 2013). His essays have appeared, among other outlets, in New England Journal of Medicine, Social Studies of Science, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Science, American Journal of Public Health.


Epidemic waves serve not just to predict but also to persuade. Their special blend of mathematical and moral messaging will shape the future of the pandemic.

David S. Jones Stefan Helmreich