Rosen, George, 1910-1977

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George Rosen was born in New York City in 1910. After attending City College he went to Humboldt University in Berlin for his M.D. (1935). In 1953 he left medical practice to become a professor of health education at Columbia University's School of Health and Administrative Medicine. Throughout his working career he studied and authored numerous articles and books, including A History of Public Health (1958). Rosen also served as editor of the American Journal of Public Health.

From the guide to the George Rosen Public Health Oral History Collection, 1960-1965, (History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine)

George Rosen was born on June 23, 1910 in Brooklyn, New York. He received a B.S. from the City College of New York (1930), an M.D. from the University of Berlin (1935), a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University (1947), and an M.P.H. from Columbia University (1950). Rosen interned at Beth-El Hospital and ran a private practice in ophthalmology and otolaryngology before beginning a career in public health in 1941. Within the New York City Department of Public Health, Rosen worked as a clinic physician in the Bureau of Tuberculosis and as a district health officer and later as the Director of the Bureau of Health Education. Rosen served in World War II as a medical intelligence officer in the Division of Preventative Medicine within the Surgeon General's office. Shortly after the war, he participated in the interrogation of Nazi generals in London as a translator. Beginning in 1950, Rosen worked concurrently for the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York and as a professor at Columbia University. In 1969 he joined the Department of History of Science and Medicine at Yale University, where he also taught courses in Yale College, the Graduate School, and the School of Medicine. Rosen published widely on a variety of historical and public health topics and he edited Ciba Symposia (with his wife Beate), Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, and American Journal of Public Health. George Rosen died on July 27, 1977.

From the description of George Rosen papers, 1912-1978 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702167307

George Rosen was born June 23, 1910 in Brooklyn, New York. He received a B.S. from the City College of New York (1930), an M.D. from the University of Berlin (1935), a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University (1947), and an M.P.H. from Columbia University (1950). Rosen interned at Beth-El Hospital and ran a private practice in ophthalmology and otolaryngology before beginning a career in public health in 1941. Within the New York City Department of Public Health, Rosen worked as a clinic physician in the Bureau of Tuberculosis and as a district health officer and later as the Director of the Bureau of Health Education. Rosen served in World War II as a medical intelligence officer in the Division of Preventative Medicine within the Surgeon General's office. Shortly after the war, he participated in the interrogation of Nazi generals in London as a translator. Beginning in 1950, Rosen worked concurrently for the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York and as a professor at Columbia University. In 1969 he joined the Department of History of Science and Medicine at Yale University, where he also taught courses in Yale College, the Graduate School, and the School of Medicine. Rosen published widely on a variety of historical and public health topics and he edited Ciba Symposia (with his wife Beate), Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, and American Journal of Public Health . George Rosen died July 27, 1977.

George Rosen was born June 23, 1910 in Brooklyn, New York. He was educated in the public schools of New York City before attending the City College of New York, where he graduated in 1930 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Rosen acquired his M.D. from the University of Berlin in 1935. At the suggestion of Henry Sigerist, Rosen wrote a historical dissertation on the reception and influence in Europe of the research of William Beaumont, the American physician-physiologist. This work sparked a lifelong interest in the history of medicine.

With the rise of the Nazis, Rosen returned to the United States soon after obtaining his degree. He interned at Beth-El Hospital before starting a private practice in ophthalmology and otolaryngology. In 1941, he gave up his medical practice to work in the New York City Department of Public Health as a clinic physician in the Bureau of Tuberculosis. He later became a district health officer and then Director of the Bureau of Health Education.

While working in these capacities, Rosen also continued his research, writing, and studies. In the years 1938-1944, he edited the journal Ciba Symposia with his wife, Beate Caspari-Rosen, and he published his first monograph, The History of Miners' Diseases: A Medical and Social Interpretation, in 1944. In 1941, he began graduate studies in sociology at Columbia University, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in 1947.

Rosen served in World War II as a medical intelligence officer in the Division of Preventative Medicine within the Surgeon General's office. Shortly after the war, he participated in the interrogation of Nazi generals in London as a translator.

Upon returning from Europe after the war, Rosen resumed his public health career and his studies at Columbia University, where he obtained a master's degree in public health in 1950. Also in that year, Rosen was appointed director of the Division of Health Education and Preventative Services of the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York, while he concurrently held the position of professor of public health education in the School of Public Health and Administrative Medicine at Columbia. In 1969, he devoted himself full-time to scholarly pursuits, joining the Department of History of Science and Medicine at Yale University, where he also taught courses in Yale College, the Graduate School, and the School of Medicine.

George Rosen was best known for the breadth and volume of his scholarly work which covered many topics and time periods. He published eleven books and over two hundred articles on topics relating to the history of medicine and public health. He also served as editor of the American Journal of Public Health (1957-1973) and Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (1946-1952), which he also helped to incorporate.

Rosen and his wife Beate met at the University of Berlin while both were medical students, and they were married in 1933. They had two children, Susan and Peter. George Rosen died on July 27, 1977 in Oxford, England.

From the guide to the George Rosen papers, 1912-1978, (Manuscripts and Archives)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Edwin Richard Weinerman papers, 1908-1970 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf George Rosen Public Health Oral History Collection, 1960-1965 History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine
creatorOf [George Rosen, biographical materials]. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Arthur Jack Viseltear papers, 1953-1990 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Yale University. School of Medicine. Department of the History of Science and Medicine, School of Medicine, Yale University, records, 1949-1981 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Rosen, George, 1910-1977. George Rosen public health oral history collection, 1960-1965. National Library of Medicine
referencedIn Rosenberg, Charles E. Papers, 1956-2000. University of Pennsylvania, Archives & Records Center
referencedIn Sigerist, Henry E. (Henry Ernest), 1891-1957. Henry Ernest Sigerist papers, 1891-1991 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Falk, I. S. (Isidore Sydney), 1899-1984. Isidore Sydney Falk papers, 1918-1984 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf George Rosen papers, 1912-1978 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Weinerman, E. Richard (Edwin Richard), 1917-1970. Edwin Richard Weinerman papers, 1908-1970 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Isidore Sydney Falk papers, 1918-1984 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Viseltear, Arthur J. (Arthur Jack), 1938-. Arthur Jack Viseltear papers, 1953-1990 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Henry Ernest Sigerist papers, 1891-1991 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Rosen, George, 1910-. George Rosen papers, 1912-1978 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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associatedWith Fulton, John F. person
associatedWith Galdston, Iago, 1895- person
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associatedWith Jarcho, Saul. person
associatedWith King, Lester S. (Lester Snow), 1908- person
associatedWith Leikind, Morris C. (Morris Cecil), 1905- person
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