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Emeritus Professor Howard Phillips

Howard-PhillipsEmeritus Professor Howard Phillips is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the University of London. He specializes in two areas, viz. the social history of medicine (especially epidemics and pandemics, medical education and hospitals) and the history of universities. Both fields feature prominently in what he has published and what he teaches in two of UCT’s faculties, Humanities and Health Sciences.

Off campus he applies these academic skills to oversee the publication of edited historical texts by the Van Riebeeck Society for the Publication of Southern African Historical Documents which he chairs.

Select publications


Plague, Pox and Pandemics: A Jacana Pocket History of Epidemics in South Africa (Auckland Park: Jacana Media, 2012)
(Co-authored with Anne Digby), At the Heart of Healing: Groote Schuur Hospital 1938-2008 (Auckland Park: Jacana, 2008)
(Co-authored with Harriet Deacon and Elizabeth van Heyningen, The Cape Doctor in the Nineteenth Century: A Social History (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004)
(Co-edited with David Killingray), The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19: New Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2003)
The University of Cape Town 1918-1948: The Formative Years (Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press, 1993)
‘Black October’: The Impact of the Spanish Influenza Epidemic of 1918 on South Africa (Pretoria: Government Printer, 1990)

Journal Articles and Chapters in Books

“Epidemics and Pandemics”, in Akira Iriye and Pierre-Yves Saunier (eds.), The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History: From the Mid-19th Century to the Present Day (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
“AIDS in the Context of South Africa’s Epidemic History”, in Kyle Kauffman and David Lindauer (eds.), AIDS and South Africa: The Social Expression of a Pandemic (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)

Email: howard.phillips@uct.ac.za