Robert Aronowitz, Penn Current, Personal Profile

Robert Aronowitz, Penn Current, Personal Profile

The February 13 edition of the Penn Current features an in-depth article profiling LDI Senior Fellow Robert Aronowitz. In it, the Professor and Chair of the History and Sociology of Science Department at Penn's School of Arts and Science recounts the zig zags of a career that began with a degree in English literature and meandered forward through kibbutz work in Israel and taxi driving in New York before ending up in health care at Penn.

After briefly studying linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, Aronowitz went
Robert Aaronowitz
Robert Aronowitz, MD

on to earn his MD at Yale before landing at Penn where, aside from his Arts and Science appointment, he's also a Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program.

Aronowitz has been involved in a number of high profile studies during his Penn career but the one that drew the most national attention was his 2013 documentation of a 1950s and '60s prostate research project that used impoverished skid row alcoholics -- some of them mentally ill -- as its subjects. More than 1,200 men living in New York Bowery flophouses were used for the dubious and lengthy study that has since been likened to the infamous Tuskegee experiment in which hundreds of poor black men with syphilis were left untreated to observe the natural course of the disease.