Jeremy Greene

Jeremy Greene, MD, PhD, is a professor of medicine and the history of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he directs the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine and holds joint appointments in the Department of History of Science and Technology and the Department of Anthropology at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. His third and most recent book, 'The Doctor Who Wasn’t There: Technology, History, and the Limits of Telehealth' (University of Chicago Press, 2022) examines how changing expectations of instantaneous communications through electric, electronic, and digital media transformed the nature of medical practice and medical knowledge. His first two books, 'Prescribing by Numbers: Drugs and the Definition of Disease' and 'Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicine', (2007 and 2014, Johns Hopkins University Press) discuss the complex histories of medical technologies (like pharmaceuticals) and the series of legislative, regulatory, clinical, and consumer decisions that guide their production, circulation, and consumption. Dr. Greene’s newest research project, 'Syringe Tide: Disposable Technologies and the Making of Medical Waste', is supported by a 2023 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

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Media Medica

Media Medica


The origins of The Doctor Who Wasn’t There are inescapably tangled with The Distance Cure—tangled in cords of telephone wires. The telephone was both the subject and object and medium of our meeting. I had been noticing the iterative updates to the electronic health record in the community health center where I practiced, watching my […]