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Ohio University
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history of public health, history of women's health and medicine, history of children's health and medicine, history of biomedical ethics, history of birth practices, history of breastfeeding practices
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About Me

Jackie Wolf is professor of the history of medicine in the department of social medicine (with adjunct status in the departments of history; women, gender, and sexuality studies; and health communications) at Ohio University. Her research focuses on the history of birth and breastfeeding practices in the United States. Her teaching specialties include the history of public health, the history of women’s and children’s health and medicine, and the history of biomedical ethics. For 17 years she was a host of “Conversations from Studio,” a show on WOUB, her local NPR affiliate. She also hosted “HealthVision” for six seasons, a show on WOUB, her local PBS affiliate. Currently, she is the executive producer and host of the podcast, “Lifespan,” featuring personal stories about health, illness, and experiences with the US healthcare system. “Lifespan” will be launched September 1, 2018 by WOUB, the NPR affiliate in southeast Ohio and western West Virginia.

Recent Publications

Recent Books

Wolf, Jacqueline H., Cesarean Section: An American History of Risk, Technology, and Consequence (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018).

Wolf, Jacqueline H., Deliver Me from Pain: Anesthesia and Birth in America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

Recent Peer-Reviewed Articles

Wolf, Jacqueline H., “‘They Lacked the Right Food’: A Brief History of Breastfeeding and the Quest for Social Justice,” Journal of Human Lactation 34 (May 2018): 226-31.

Wolf, Jacqueline H., “About Research: Historical Methods,” Journal of Human Lactation 34 (May 2018): 282-84.

Wolf, Jacqueline H., “Risk and Reputation: Obstetricians, Cesareans, and Patient Consent,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 73 (January 2018): 7-39.

Wolf, Jacqueline H. and Kevin S. Wolf, “The Lake Wobegon Effect: Are All Cancer Patients Above Average?,” The Milbank Quarterly  91 (December 2013): 690-728.

Recent Book Chapters

Ilana R. Azulay Chertok and Jacqueline H. Wolf, “Postpartum Period and Lactation Physiology,” in Susan Blackburn, Maternal, Fetal, and Neonatal Physiology: A Clinical Perspective (St. Louis, MO: Elsevier, 2018), 142-161.

 Wolf, Jacqueline H., “A History of the Infant Mortality Rate: The Role of Milk,” in Paige Hall Smith, Miriam Labbok, and Brittany D. Chambers, eds. Breastfeeding, Social Justice, and Equity (Amarillo, TX: Praeclarus Press, 2017), 141-151.

Wolf, Jacqueline H., “‘One-Quarter Cow and Three-Quarters Devil’: The Use and Abuse of Wet Nurses in U.S. History,” in Paige Hall Smith and Miriam Labbok, eds. Advancing Breastfeeding: Forging Partnerships for a Better Tomorrow (Praeclarus Press, 2016), 245-255.

 Wolf, Jacqueline H., “The Inadequate Breast: Medical and Social Origins of Breastfeeding Myths,” in Paige Hall Smith and Miriam Labbok, eds., “It Takes a Village”: The Role of the Greater Community in Inspiring and Empowering Women to Breastfeed (Praeclarus Press, 2015), 44-52.

Media Coverage
17 years experience being hosting, and being interviewed on, radio and television, including NBC's Today Show.
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Family, Gender, Public History, Science, Urban History, Women