Eric Boyle, Ph.D.

Eric BoyleIn his research, Dr. Eric Boyle asks how different groups acquire, formulate, and provide reliable medical knowledge.  In his current book project, Quack Medicine (2012), Boyle explores how regulators, advertisers, consumers, medical professionals, educators, philanthropists, and scientists collectively defined the difference between orthodox and unorthodox therapies, especially in light of the growing prominence of the medical marketplace.

As a Stetten Fellow, Boyle asked similar questions as they relate to the early history and evolution of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.  His project investigated how the NIH has reconciled medical knowledge about complementary and alternative healing practices given its more vigorous commitment to rigorous scientific investigation. His work on this subject has been published in Federal History and The International Journal of Science in Society.

Eric W. Boyle earned his Ph.D. in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2007. From 2007-2008, he worked as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s History of Medicine program.  He is currently an Archivist at the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

Selected publications:

Quack Medicine. A History of Combating Health Fraud in Twentieth-Century America. (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2012).

“The Politics of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health,” Federal History, 2011, 16-32.

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