200A Introduction to History of Health Sciences (Required Core Course, PhD Program)

​204A & B Research Methods in the History of Health Sciences (Required Core Course, PhD Program)

201 Biomedicine and Visual Culture (Elective Course, PhD Program) 

217 Interdisciplinary Readings: Anthropology, History and Social Medicine (Elective Course, PhD Program)

2XX History of Medical Technology (Elective Course, PhD Program) 

Professor & Chair... in the Department of Anthropology, History, & Social Medicine at UCSF
Director ... of Graduate Studies for the Master's & PhD Program in History of Health Sciences
Director ... of the University of California Medical Humanities Consortium (UCSF + UC Berkeley + UC Davis + UC Irvine)
Founder and Managing Editor ... of UC Medical Humanities Press, supported with a grant from UC Office of the President 

Committees ... School of Medicine admissions; Senate Committee on Courses of Instruction
Professional ... organizing committee for History of Science Society annual conference 2013-2015
Publishing ... editor and manager of UCMH Press overseeing manuscripts and design, 16+ books since 2009
Podcasts & Film ... developing scripts and episodes to bring medical humanities to a wider audience 
Teaching ... in the PhD program as well as Foundations of Patient Care in the School of Medicine 

2017    UCSF Department of Urology: The First 100 Years, 1917-2017 (San Francisco: University of California Medical Humanities Press with Department of Urology). FREE PDF ACCESS through the Department of Urology, UCSF. 

2016    A History of Neurological Surgery at UCSF, 1912-2015 (San Francisco: University of California Medical Humanities Press with Department of Neurosurgery), co-authored with Dorothy Porter and Ilona Garner. FREE PDF ACCESS THROUGH University of California eScholarship Repository

2015    Humanitas: Readings in the Development of the Medical Humanities (San Francisco: University of California Medical Humanities Press), editor with introductions to each chapter

2012    At Work in the World: The History of Occupational and Environmental Health (San Francisco: University of California Medical Humanities Press), contributor and editor with Paul Blanc, MD  

     FREE PDF ACCESS THROUGH University of California  eScholarship Repository

2011    The Healing Art of Writing (Berkeley: University of California Press), edited with Joan Barrow, PhD and David Watts, MD

     FREE PDF ACCESS THROUGH University of California eScholarship Repository

2009    Inventing Entertainment: The Player Piano and the Origins of an American Musical Industry (New York: Rowman & Littlefield) 

2004    Wedgwood: The First Tycoon (New York: Viking, 2004); published in the UK as Josiah Wedgwood: Entrepreneur to the Enlightenment (London: HarperCollins, 2004). Paperback September 2005

2004    Science and Literature: Chemistry (London: Pickering & Chatto), introduction and referenced facsimile reprints of chemical literature, 1600-1850; Judith Hawley general editor

2001    Ladies of the Grand Tour: British Women in Pursuit of Enlightenment and Adventure in Eighteenth-Century Europe (London & New York: HarperCollins)

2000    Exploring European Frontiers: British Travellers in the Age of Enlightenment  (Basingstoke: Macmillan) (New York: St. Martin’s Press) {Ludicrously expensive ... trying to regain copyright to reissue}

2000    Malthus, Medicine, & Morality: ‘Malthusianism’ after 1798 (Amsterdam & Atlanta, GA: Rodopi), editor and contributor

1998    Science Unbound: Geography, Space & Discipline (Umeå, Sweden: Umeå University Press), editor and contributor





Socialism, Medicare, and the Yoke of European Dictatorship (2016)


History of Hospitals



Visionary Medicine documents the history of Diasonics, the first company to design and manufacture an MRI that was used in a clinical setting. It examines the early collaboration between UC Berkeley's engineering and UCSF's radiology departments, and the investment of venture capital to build a successful technology.


Hospitals through

History (2015)

Began (1990-1998) ... with history of chemistry and natural history in eighteenth-century Europe
Continued (1998-2004) ...
with history of Enlightenment travel and industry
Continued (2004-2009) ...
with history of technology & society, MRI, telemedicine, computer aided diagnosis
Continued (2009-2012) ...
with history of medical humanities and medical education 
Continues (2012-   ) ...
with history of medical practices in 20th century, Medicare,  neurosurgery, urology ...

The Genius of Wedgwood is A.N. Wilson's documentary about the life and innovations of industrialist Josiah Wedgwood. Dolan contributes his expertise, based on his book Wedgwood: Entrepreneur to the Enlightenment (HarperCollins 2004).

Anatomy through

History (2015)

MAGAZINE Medical History for Medical Students

Under Review 2018 Dolan, Brian. "Physician, Police Thyself: The Origins of Medicare Fraud and the Problems of Self-Regulation. Bulletin of the History of Medicine  Typescript here

2012    Dolan, Brian. “Speaking about the Other: On the Relevance of the Humanities to Occupational Health,” in Paul Blanc and Brian Dolan, eds., At Work in the World: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health (San Francisco: University of California Medical Humanities Press, 2012), pp. 212-216. FREE PDF through University of California "e-Scholarship Repository" 

2010    Dolan, Brian and Tillack, Allison. “Pixels, Patterns and Problems of Vision: The Adaptation of Computer-Aided Diagnosis for Mammography in Radiological Practice in the US”, History of Science 48 (2010), 227-249. PDF

2010    Dolan, Brian. “History, Medical Humanities and Medical Education”, Social History of Medicine 2010; doi: 10.1093/shm/hkq005 (advanced publication).  PDF

2009    Dolan, Brian. “The American Dentists: Ethics, Technology and the Education for the Twenty-First Century”, Journal of the History of Dentistry 27 (2009), 100-108. PDF

2009    Dolan, Brian, Nira Goren and Cynthia Perlis. “Epistolary Medicine: Letters between medical students and patients lead to self-reflection”, Lancet, 374 (9701, 7 Nov): 1588-89. PDF 

2009    Dolan, Brian. “The Ethical Principles and Obligations to Increasing Access”, in Tracy Harris (ed), The U.S. Oral Health Workforce in the Coming Decade (Institute of Medicine) (Washington, DC: The National Academies Press), 67-71. PDF

2009    Dolan, Brian. “The Wedgwoods and Darwins”, in Kelly, A and Kelly, M (ed) Darwin: for the love of science (Bristol Cultural Development Partnership: Bristol). ISBN 978-0-9550742-2-6  PDF

2008    Dolan, Brian. “The Darwins and the Wedgwoods”, in Forschler-Tarresch, Anne, ed., Proceedings of the Fifty-First and Fifty-Second Annual Wedgwood International Seminar (Birmingham, AL: Wedgwood International Seminar, 2008), pp. 87-94.

2008    Dolan, Brian. “Putting Alternative Medicine to the Test”, Nature: Medicine 14: 11 (2008), 1145. PDF

2007    Dolan, Brian. “What Have Teeth Taught Us About Culture? Practice, Patienthood, and Ethics in the History of Dentistry and Public Health”, Journal of the History of Dentistry 55 (2007), 124-131. PDF

2007    Dolan, Brian. “Twenty Years of Social History of Medicine”, Social History of Medicine, 20:3 (2007) 435-440. PDF

2007    Dolan, Brian. “Clio Electric: Online Resources in Post 1750 History of Science, Medicine and Technology”, Isis, 98 (2007), 355-360. PDF

2007    Dolan, Brian. “Soul Searching: A Brief History of the Mind/Body Problem in Neuroscience”, Neurosurgical Focus 23:1 (2007), 1-7. PDF

2007    Dolan, Brian. “Computer Aided Diagnosis in Mammography: Its Development and Early Challenges”, IEEE Proceedings: Fortieth Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems & Computers (IEEE, 2007: ISBN: 1-4244-0785-0), 821-825. PDF

2005    Dolan, Brian. “Encyclopedic Visions”, Minerva 43 (2005), 87-98. PDF 

2003    Dolan, Brian. “Embodied Skills and Travelling Savants: Experimental chemistry in Eighteenth-Century Sweden and England”, in Ana Simoes, Ana Carneiro, Marian Paula Diogo ed., Travels of Learning: A Geography of Science in Europe (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science) (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2003). PDF

2002    Dolan, Brian. “Conservative politicians, radical philosophers and the aerial remedy for the diseases of civilization”, History of the Human Sciences 15 (2) (2002), 35-54. PDF

2001    Dolan, Brian. “Enlightenment”, in Peter Stearns, ed., Encyclopedia of European Social History: From 1350 to 2000 (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001), 179-192. PDF 

2001    Dolan, Brian. “Great Chain of Being,” in Colin Blakemore and Sheila Jennett, eds, Oxford Companion to the Body (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), 311-12. PDF 

2001    Dolan, Brian. “Professionalisation”, A. Hessenbruch, ed., Reader’s Guide to the History of Science (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001), 598-600. PDF

2000    Dolan, Brian. “Malthus’s Political Economy of Health: The critique of Scandinavia in the Essay on Population”, in B. Dolan, ed., Malthus, Medicine, & Morality: ‘Malthusianism’ after 1798 (Amsterdam & Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, November 2000), pp. 9-32. PDF

2000    Dolan, Brian.   “The Language of Experiment in Chemical Textbooks: Some Examples from Early-Nineteenth Century Britain”, in A. Lundgren and B. Bensaude-Vincent, eds, Communicating Chemistry: Textbooks and their Audiences, 1789-1939, Canton, MA: Science History Publications, 2000, pp. 141-64. PDF

1998    Dolan, Brian. “Pedagogy through print:  James Sowerby, John Mawe, and the problem of colour illustration in early nineteenth-century natural history”, British Journal for the History of Science, 31 (1998), 275-304. PDF

1998    Dolan, Brian. “Representing Novelty:  Charles Babbage, Charles Lyell, and Experiments in early Victorian Geology”, History of Science, 36 (1998), 299-327. PDF

1998    Dolan, Brian. “Blowpipes & Batteries:  Humphry Davy, Edward Daniel Clarke, and Experimental Chemistry in Georgian Britain,” Ambix, 45 (1998), 137-162. PDF

1998    Dolan, Brian. “Transferring Skill: Blowpipe Analysis in Sweden and Britain, 1750-1850”, in B. Dolan, ed., Science Unbound: Geography, Space & Discipline (Umeå: Umeå University Press, 1998), pp. 91-125. PDF