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Gerald N Grob, Ph.D.
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Professor Emeritus, Department of History

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Gerald N. Grob (Ph.D., Northwestern, 1958), the Henry E. Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine (Emeritus), is an historian of mental health policy and medicine. His classic book, The State and the Mentally Ill, received the 1965 annual prize of the American Association of State and Local History. Professor Grob is the author of a three-volume history of mental health policy. The first book in this set, Mental Institutions in America was published in 1973. The last two volumes, Mental Illness and American Society, 1875-1940, appeared in 1983 and From Asylum to Community: Mental Health Policy in Modern America was published in 1991. Another book, The Mad Among Us: A History of the Care of America's Mentally Ill, was published in 1994. Dr. Grob received the William H. Welch Medal awarded by the American Association for the History of Medicine in 1986 and was also president of the association (1996-1998). The sixth edition of his Interpretations of American History: Patterns and Perspectives was published in 1992. Dr. Grob is an elected member of Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. His most recent books include Aging Bones: A Short History of Osteoporosis (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), Diagnosis, Therapy, and Evidence: Conundrums in Modern American Medicine, with Allan V. Horwitz (Rutgers University Press, 2010), The Dilemma of Federal Mental Health Policy: Radical Reform or Incremental Change? (Rutgers University Press, 2006) and the The Deadly Truth: A History of Disease in America, with Howard H. Goldman (Harvard University Press, 2002).