Obituary: Gina Feldberg

Historians of health and medicine have lost a valued member with the death of Gina Feldberg on Sunday 10 July 2010, after a courageous four-year battle against multiple myeloma. Gina obtained her PhD in the history of science and medicine at Harvard University in the early 1980s. She then moved with her husband, Rob Vipond, to Toronto and obtained a tenure track position at York University in 1987. Her dissertation research, which compared American and Canadian approaches to the control of TB during the first half of the 20th century, resulted in the publication of Disease and Class: Tuberculosis and the Shaping of Modern North American Society (1995). This book won the Jason Hannah medal from the Royal Society of Canada
and has become a classic in the field of the history of tuberculosis. In 2003, she also co-edited Women Health and Nation: Canada and the United States since 1945, an important collection that came out of a major 10-year research grant on women and health. Gina was vice-president of the CSHM in the late 1990s. Her generosity and sense of humour will be sadly missed.

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