Ernest Hook

Professor, School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley

CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies, Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies

Ernest B. Hook's research interests in the STS field include the history of medicine and related topics in the history of biology, inferences from the history of developments in STS pertinent to the philosophy of science, the social contexts of scientific discoveries, and what if anything one can infer about past social attitudes to diseases -- specifically "non-monstrous" births -- from surviving "fiction" in the absence of other evidence. He has published on these topics in Teratology, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and The Journal of the History of Biology and edited the volume Prematurity in Scientific Discovery: On Resistance and Neglect (University of California Press, 2002). He teaches courses in the School of Public Health on the history of medicine and public health and organizes occasional seminars on "Patterns of Discovery."

last updated: November 11th, 2011