Dominique Tobbell

Associate Professor
Director of HMed Program
History of Medicine
510A Diehl Hall
+1 612 626 5114
Tobbell

Specialities
History of health care and health policy, nursing, pharmaceuticals, business history, and oral history

Bio
I am a historian of 20th century health care, biomedical science, and technology with a particular interest in the history of nursing, pharmaceuticals, and health policy. I received my B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Manchester in 2001 and my M.A. and Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. My first book, Pills, Power, and Policy: The Struggle for Drug Reform in Cold War America and its Consequences (University of California Press/Milbank Series on Health and the Public, 2012) describes how the American drug industry and key sectors of the medical profession came to be allies against federal reform, and details the political strategies used by that pharmaceutical-medical alliance to influence public opinion and shape legislative reform and the regulatory environment of prescription drugs after World War II. My second book, Health Informatics at Minnesota: The First Fifty Years (Minneapolis: Tasora Books, 2015) details the history of health informatics at the University of Minnesota in the context of the history of the field and changes in health policy from the late 1950s through 2015. I am currently working on a book, Dr. Nurse: Knowledge, Gender, and the Making of the Nursing PhD, which examines the development of the first nursing PhD programs in the U.S. in the context of nursing workforce concerns and regional planning efforts after World War II. My other work has focused on the role of academic and government researchers, biotechnology companies, and disease-based organizations in the development of drugs to treat rare diseases, so-called orphan drugs. I am also interested in post-war developments in the health professions and in health policy, and I am the oral historian for the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center History Project.

Awards

M. Adelaide Nutting Award, 2015. American Association for the History of Nursing. Awarded for “‘Coming to Grips with the Nursing Question’: The Politics of Nursing Education Reform in 1960s’ America.” Nursing History Review (2014) 22: 37-60.

Karen Buhler-Wilkerson Fellowship, Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, 2015

McKnight Land Grant Professorship, University of Minnnesota, 2012-2014.

J. Worth Estes Prize, 2013. Awarded for ““Bioequivalence: The Regulatory Career of a Pharmaceutical Concept.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine (2011) 85(1): 93-131 (with Daniel P. Carpenter).

Stanley Jackson Prize, 2011. Awarded for “Who’s Winning the Human Race?” Cold War as Pharmaceutical Political Strategy,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (2009) 64(4): 429-473.

Selected Publications

Health Informatics at Minnesota: The First Fifty Years (Minneapolis: Tasora Books, 2015).

Pills, Power, and Policy: The Struggle for Drug Reform in Cold War America and its Consequences (University of California Press/Milbank Series on Health and the Public, 2012). Order through University of California Press.

“Clinical Pharmacy: An Example of Interprofessional Education in the Late 1960s and 1970s.” Nursing History Review (2016) 24: 98-102.

“‘Coming to Grips with the Nursing Question’: The Politics of Nursing Education Reform in 1960s’ America.” Nursing History Review (2014) 22: 37-60.

“Plow, Town, and Gown: The Politics of Family Practice in 1960s’ America.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine (2013) 87(4): 648-680. 

“‘Eroding the Physician’s Control Over Therapy’: The Post-War Politics of the Prescription,” in Elizabeth Watkins and Jeremy Greene (eds.) Prescribed: Writing, Filling, Using, and Abusing the Prescription in Modern America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).