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University of Pennsylvania
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History of medicine, history of psychiatry, child abuse policymaking, child welfare history, Philadelphia.
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About Me

Mical Raz, MD, PhD, MSHP, completed her medical training at Tel Aviv University, from where she also received a PhD in history of medicine. Before moving to the US for a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale, she worked at the Tel Aviv Medical Center and volunteered with Physicians for Human Rights. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital in 2015, followed by a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, and is also a practicing internist. Starting in 2019, she will be an associate professor of history at the University of Rochester.

She is the author of The Lobotomy Letters: The Making of American Psychosurgery (U of Rochester 2013), which was awarded the Pressman- Burroughs Wellcome Career Development Award. Her second book, What’s Wrong with the Poor? Race, Psychiatry and the War on Poverty (UNC 2013), has been reviewed in medical, historical and public policy venues.

A historian of American psychiatry, Raz is interested in the intersection of psychiatry, poverty and politics. She is currently completing a book on the history of child abuse policy in the United States, from the 1970s and onwards. She has provided expert testimony and has published on the unintended consequences of our current child abuse policies.

Recent Publications


Abusive Policies: Race, Poverty and the Making of American Child Abuse. Manuscript in preparation, anticipated delivery date, December 2018 (under advance contract, UNC Press).

What’s Wrong with the Poor? Psychiatry, Race, and the War on Poverty, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, Fall 2013). Book reviewed in venues including American Journal of Psychiatry, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Journal of American History. Selected as 2015 Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

The Lobotomy Letters: The Making of American Psychosurgery, (University of Rochester Press, 2013). Book project awarded the Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome Career Development Award, American Association of the History of Medicine.


Raz, M. Psychiatrists and the Transformation of Juvenile Justice in Philadelphia, 1965-72, accepted, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.

Doroshow, D, Gambino M, and Raz, M, “New Directions in the Historiography of Psychiatry,”, accepted, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.

Raz, M. “Lessons from History: Parents Anonymous and Child Abuse Prevention Policy,” forthcoming, Pediatrics, early publication online:

Raz, M. “Unintended Consequences of Expanded Mandatory Reporting Laws,” Pediatrics, April 2017, 139 (4),2016-3511.

Raz, M. Treating Addiction or Reducing Crime? Methadone Maintenance and Drug Policy under the Nixon Administration, Journal of Policy History, 2017, 29(1): 58–86

Raz, M. Deprived of Touch: How Maternal and Sensory Deprivation Theory Converged in Shaping Early Debates over Autism, History of the Human Sciences, 2014, 27(2): 75-96.

Raz, M. The Deprivation Riots: Psychiatry as Politics in the 1960s, Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 2013, 21(6):345-50.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Medicine, Race, Science