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Luke Michael Messac


Harvard College, Cambridge, MAAB06/2008Social Studies
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PAPhD11/2016History & Sociology of Science
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PAMD05/2018
Rhode Island Hospital / Brown University, Providence, RI06/2022Emergency Medicine
Pasichow Advocacy Award
25 under 45
Haffenreffer Family House Staff Excellence Award
21st Century Gamble Scholarship
Gold Humanism in Medicine Honors Society


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  1. Messac L, Knopov A, Horton M. Delayed care-seeking for non-COVID illnesses in Rhode Island. R I Med J (2013). 2020 May 01; 103(4):10-11. PMID: 32357585.
  2. Luke Messac. No More to Spend: Neglect and the Construction of Scarcity in Malawi's History of Health Care. 2020. View Publication.
  3. Luke Messac. Birthing a nation: population control and social protection in Malawi under Hastings Kamuzu Banda, 1962-1980. Journal of Southern African Studies. 2020; 2(46):209-228. View Publication.
  4. Carrasco H, Messac L, Holmes SM. Misrecognition and Critical Consciousness - An 18-Month-Old Boy with Pneumonia and Chronic Malnutrition. N Engl J Med. 2019 Jun 20; 380(25):2385-2389. PMID: 31216397.
  5. Braslow JT, Messac L. Medicalization and Demedicalization - A Gravely Disabled Homeless Man with Psychiatric Illness. N Engl J Med. 2018 Nov 15; 379(20):1885-1888. PMID: 30428298.
  6. Lange B, Roberts T, Cohn J, Greenman J, Camp J, Ishizaki A, Messac L, Tuaillon E, van de Perre P, Pichler C, Denkinger CM, Easterbrook P. Diagnostic accuracy of detection and quantification of HBV-DNA and HCV-RNA using dried blood spot (DBS) samples - a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Infect Dis. 2017 Nov 01; 17(Suppl 1):693. PMID: 29143616.
  7. Luke Messac. No opiates for the masses: untreated pain, international narcotics control and the bureaucratic production of ignorance. Journal of Policy History. 2016; 2(28):193-220. View Publication.
  8. Paul Farmer, Matthew Basilico, Luke Messac. After McKeown: The changing roles of biomedicine, public health and economic growth in mortality declines. Therapeutic revolutions: pharmaceuticals and social change in the twentieth century. 2016; 186-217.
  9. Greenman J, Roberts T, Cohn J, Messac L. Dried blood spot in the genotyping, quantification and storage of HCV RNA: a systematic literature review. J Viral Hepat. 2015 Apr; 22(4):353-61. PMID: 25367722.
  10. Moral hazards and moral economies: the combustible politics of healthcare user fees in Malawian history. South African Historical Journal. 2014; 2(66):371-389. View Publication.
  11. Messac L, Ciccarone D, Draine J, Bourgois P. The good-enough science-and-politics of anthropological collaboration with evidence-based clinical research: Four ethnographic case studies. Soc Sci Med. 2013 Dec; 99:176-86. PMID: 23664236.
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