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Dr. John Parascandola (born July 14, 1941) is an American medical historian. He has written numerous books, including The Development of American Pharmacology: John J. Abel and the Shaping of a Discipline, and held the position of Public Health Service Historian.[2]

Dr. John Parascandola
Born (1941-07-14) July 14, 1941 (age 77)[1]
ResidenceRockville, Maryland
Alma materBrooklyn College
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Scientific career
FieldsHistory of medicine



Parascandola received his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Brooklyn College[3] before receiving his Master's Degree in Biochemistry and his PhD in the History of Science in 1968 at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.[3] Parascandola did post-doctoral work at Harvard University.[2]


Parascandola's career began in 1974 as Director of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, where he remained until 1981. In 1983, Parascandola became Chief of the History of Medicine Division of the United States National Library of Medicine. In 1992, he became Public Health Service Historian, which he held until his retirement in 2004. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and currently teaches at the University of Maryland.[4]


Parascandola's two most recognized books are The Development of American Pharmacology: John J. Abel and the Shaping of a Discipline, which was written in 1992 and received the 1994 George Urdang Medal,[2] and Sex, Sin, and Science: A History of Syphilis in America, which was released in 2008 and won the George Pendleton Prize for 2009.[5]


Parascandola has been the recipient of several awards, including the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Award, the Assistant Secretary for Health’s Superior Service Award, the National Institute of Health Merit Award, and the Surgeon General's Medallion.[3]


  1. ^ "John Parascandola (1941–" (PDF). American Chemical Society. 2006-08-05. Retrieved 2009-08-11.
  2. ^ a b c "Awards, Fellowships, and Prizes". Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. Oxford University Press. 49 (3): 433. 1994. doi:10.1093/jhmas/49.3.432. ISSN 0022-5045. Retrieved 2009-07-29.
  3. ^ a b c Perfetti, T.A. (2004-12-12). "John Parascandola" (PDF). American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  4. ^ Parascandola, John (n.d.). "About Me". Personal web page. John Parascandola. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  5. ^ "News letter. February 2009" (PDF). American Association for the History of Medicine. February 2009. p. 11. Retrieved 2009-08-03.

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