Sarah W. Tracy

Associate Professor, History of Medicine and Food Studies

Honors College, University of Oklahoma

I am an historian of medicine. My research is interdisciplinary and extends into the fields of food studies, addiction studies, medical sociology, and biography. I write and teach about the evolving relationship between diet and health, particularly as it pertains to chronic disease in the United States between the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries.

My first two books, Altering American Consciousness: The History of Alcohol and Drug Use in the United States from 1800-2000 (2004), and  Alcoholism in America from Reconstruction to Prohibition (2005) focused on the history of alcohol and drug use in the United States. I am currently writing a biography of the physiologist and epidemiologist Ancel Keys.  Read more about Sarah W. Tracy →

Biography of Ancel Keys

 

Ancel Keys returns to the Summit of Cerro Aucanquilcha

I am currently writing a biography of nutritional physiologist and cardiovascular epidemiologist Ancel Keys. Read more about Sarah’s research

Books on Alcohol and Drugs

Alcoholism in America

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Alcoholism in America from Reconstruction to Prohibition examines doctors’ and social reformers’ efforts to transform the social problem of habitual drunkenness into the diseases of intemperance, inebriety, dipsomania, and finally alcoholism. Find on Amazon

Altering American Consciousness

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Co-edited with Caroline Jean Acker, Altering American Consciousness: The History of Alcohol and Drug Use in the United States, 1800-2000 explores the ways Americans have used and managed psychoactive substances from the early republic to the recent past. Find on Amazon