Please join theMedical Heritage Library, Inc.for the third talk in our Spring Speaker Series!

Fri, April 9, 2021
下午12:00 - 下午1:00 EDT

Register here:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-speaker-series-sarah-l-berry-tickets-143311824525

种族差异在健康和医疗保健been highlighted by the current pandemic, but they have long roots in U.S. history. Teaching and researching this history is important for moving forward with restorative justice and health equity. A particularly rich starting point is “Black Museum,” a 2017 episode of the sci-fi television series Black Mirror. This episode features three fictional medical technologies that call up specific, real ethical problems in U.S. racial and medical history. The technologies, exhibited by the Black Museum’s owner, a former research recruiter, harken back to the nineteenth-century commodification of race and somatic difference in three linked areas: the new science of forensics (institutionalized in the original Black Museum of Scotland Yard); medical museums; and circus “freak” shows. This presentation explores the “Roots of Racism in Health and Medicine” collection and other resources in the Medical Heritage Library in order to uncover the historical connections among race, medicine, entertainment, and crime dramatized in the episode. This talk offers pedagogical techniques to immerse students in digital archival research, enabling them to make their own connections among race and health justice in U.S. cultural history.


Sarah L. Berry, PhD, is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at State University of New York—Oswego. She specializes in Health Humanities and writes on medicine, gender, race, and U.S. cultural history. She is a Contributor-in-Residence at Synapsis, serves in the Health Humanities Consortium, and is working on a book titled,Patient Revolutions: Health and Social Justice in America from Abolition to the Affordable Care AcT。

Register for “Carry On: The Depiction of Post-War Disability in Government Propaganda and Consumer Culture, 1919-1925”

About this Event

Please join theMedical Heritage Library, Inc.for the first in our Spring Speaker Series!

Fri, March 26, 2021
下午12:00 - 下午1:00 EDT

How to Register

After World War I, as 200,000 military members returned home with a disability, the US government standardized rehabilitation programs for the first time. The consolidation of rehabilitative services by the government resulted in a consistent definition of disability and ability, one which was intimately tied to a veteran’s economic contribution to their family and community.

By combining clinical treatment and work training within these programs, the government promised a return to economic independence. This promise was communicated through government propaganda geared to veterans, including the magazine回来(1919) andCarry On(1919-1918).

尽管政府承诺的再形成disability as compatible with independence, rehabilitation failed to take into account the lived experiences of all disabled veterans, including veterans of color, women, and people who developed disabilities other than amputations. Disability, coupled with the valor associated with Great War veterans, was redefined to include the possibility of achieving independence through paid work, and yet this independence was only ascribed to those who government officials believed could succeed in their programs: white men with physical disabilities.


Nora O’Neill is a first-year medical student at Yale School of Medicine. She is pursuing a combined MD-PhD in the History of Science and Medicine. In 2018, she completed her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in the History of Science, focusing on the intersection of disability rights and reproductive justice. At Yale, she plans to study the social constructions of disability in medical and social activist spaces. As a physician historian, she hopes to engage in patient-centered care while also unraveling the historical complexities of the patient-doctor relationship.

Registration is required. Please visit:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-speaker-series-nora-oneill-tickets-143307467493。

Registrants will receive a Zoom link the day before the event.

由医学历史中心共同赞助Francis A. Countway图书馆


Center for the History of Medicine那Countway Library
is pleased to share information about the Boston Medical Library’s
17th Annual J. Worth Estes Lecture
1980s Biological Revolution in Psychiatry: What Really Happened, and What Really Happened Next那with安妮哈灵顿,博士。

Dr. Harrington is the Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University, and is the author of four books, includingRe-enchanted Science这Cure Within那and思想机构


这1980’s saw a rapid pivot away from previously dominant psychoanalytic and social science perspectives in psychiatry towards a “medical model.” However, the standard understanding as to why this occurred is wrong. Revolution was declared back then, but not because there had been scientific breakthroughs. We need a new and better understanding of what really happened in the 1980s. Those ideas have directly shaped the fraught world of psychiatrty with which we live today.

关于这个活动的问题?请联系这件事Boston Medical Library

From Our Partners: Medica

~Post courtesy Solenne Coutagne, manager of digital projects at BIU Santé

这re is another anniversary this autumn, in addition to the anniversary of MHL. The BIU Santé celebrates the 20th anniversary of Medica, our digital library (https://www.biusante.parisdescartes.fr/histoire/medica/index.php).

Festivities will include:


-An Advent calendar featuring 20 noteworthy digitizations

-A guestbook (in the form of a blog post) will be set up for partners and users to tell anecdotes, stories or simply wish Medica a happy birthday.

——我们将与t在社交网络上分享这一切he #20ansMedica between November 23rd and mid-December.

Don’t hesitate to leave a message in the guestbook (you can send me your texts by return mail and I will copy and paste them into the blog post).


From Our Partners: Submissions for Meyerhoff Prize

This prize was established in 1956 by Ralph and Jo Grimes of the Old Hickory Bookshop, Brinklow, MD, in memory of Murray Gottlieb, a New York antiquarian book dealer. Since 2010, this award has been sponsored by the MLA History of the Health Sciences Section. In 2016 it was renamed to honor longtime MLA memberErich Meyerhoff, AHIP, FMLA。Meyerhoff was a legendary figure in medical librarianship with a great devotion to the history of the health sciences. The purpose of the Meyerhoff Prize is to recognize and stimulate interest in the history of the health sciences. The prize is awarded annually for the best unpublished scholarly paper about a topic in the history of the health sciences.这author of the winning essay receives complimentary registration to the annual meeting, a certificate at the association’s annual meeting, and a cash award of $500 after the annual meeting.


  • 这author of a paper submitted for the Erich Meyerhoff Prize must be a member of the Medical Library Association.
  • 这submitted paper must treat some aspect of the history of the health sciences.
  • 这submitted paper may be under consideration for publication at the time of submission, but cannot have been published.
  • 这submitted paper must meet the requirements for submission to theJournal of the Medical Library Association

提交截止日期为2020年11月1日。Click here more information and submission form.

Reminder! At least one author of the paper must be a member of the Medical Library Association.

Digging Into Digital: The MHL


Melissa Grafe, our immediate past president from the Historical Medical Library of Yale Medical School, Jessica Murphy from the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A Countway Library of Medicine, and Hanna Clutterbuck-Cook from the MHL and the Center will be guiding the session.

时间:7月31日星期五that 1 p.m. EST

What:We’ll spend about 30-45 minutes on an introduction to the MHL and strategies for diving into the MHL corpus, showing how to surface materials related to epidemics and diseases as an example (a hot topic for the upcoming fall semester!), and discussing other ways the MHL is promoting discovery of various parts of the collection.

In this Digging Into Digital session, we’ll dive into the rich and freely open collections digitized by the Medical Heritage Library, a non-profit collaborative digitization and discovery organization committed to providing open access resources in the history of healthcare and the health sciences. This session is tailored for library, archive, and museum professionals who provide history of medicine and health research help and classroom teaching.

Please quickly register your email here:https://forms.gle/YhBeBLpnibRJS2KX9

这session is open to people outside of LAMPHHS, so if you have colleagues who want to join in, they are welcome to do so. We will use the email you share in registration to send you the Zoom link the day before the session.

UCSF Library Artist in Residence

~Post courtesy Polina Ilieva, Head, Archives and Special Collections, UCSF Libraries.

We are excited to welcome the first-ever UCSF Library Artist in Residence, Farah Hamade.

这re was a remarkable response to the call for submissions, and the committee reviewed twenty-seven applications from artists in the Bay Area, several US states, and Canada and representing diverse media formats, including ceramics, interactive wood sculpture, photography, bookmaking, videography, collage, comic books, painting, 3D installation, and others. Farah Hamade was named the inaugural UCSF Library Artist in Residence and commenced her yearlong project,这City is a Body: Systemic Vulnerabilities in the time of COVID-19on June 1:https://www.library.ucsf.edu/news/meet-our-artist-in-resident/

Introducing Our Summer 2020 Fellow: Kim Adams

Kim celebrating a sunflower she grew in her backyard last year.

For a few years running, there has been minor scandal about Joe Biden’s wife. Jill Biden has a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware, and requests that she be addressed under her formal title: Dr. Biden. While the Obama White Houselisted her as “Dr. Jill Biden” on their official website,several newspapers, including theNew York Times,refused to honor her wish, referring to her as “Mrs. Biden.”Washington Postremarked that it reserves the title of Dr. for medical professionals,“if you can’t heal the sick, we don’t call you doctor.”虽然在拒绝博士的拒绝博士时,有充足的性别歧视的房间,但艺术与科学之间也存在历史悠久的智力战。

随着两个孩子的physicians, I spent a lot of time defending my choice not to go to medical school, and instead pursue a PhD. When I earned my doctorate from the Department of English at NYU in the spring of 2019, I got a lot of well-meaning jokes about which Dr. Adams was the “real” doctor. It turns out the punchline might require a bit of medical history. At the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts conference last fall, a colleague told me that in the eighteenth century, it was reversed, “We were the real doctors, and they were not.”

I like to imagine myself as someone who, like C.P. Snow, has a foot in each of these “two cultures”: standing with the “real” doctors of the past and the present. Snow argued in 1959 that the intellectual life of Western culture was increasingly being split into two groups, the humanists and the scientists, who were utterly failing to communicate with each other:“one found Greenwich Village talking precisely the same language as Chelsea, and both having about as much communication with M.I.T. as though the scientists spoke nothing but Tibetan.”他观察到这部门而不是通过一个anthropological study of academic communities, but through the idiosyncrasies of personal experience: “plenty of days when I have spent the working hours with scientists and then gone off at night with some literary colleagues.” I, on the other hand, spend my working hours researching the Harlem Renaissance, and my evenings drinking with scientists (or at least I did before our current pandemic). Snow is a double agent: a scientist by day and a writer by night. I am another, newer kind of operative: a medical humanist.

我制作了一个学术界,将文学和医学结合在一起,目的是说出文化鸿沟两侧理解的语言。我的论文,身体电动,examines the role of medical technology in American literature, from mesmerism to electroconvulsive therapy, Walt Whitman to Ralph Ellison.Sharing this research with a wider audience, I recently published a piece on the medical history of vibrators.In it, I argue that vibrators were asexual medical quackery from the 1890s to the 1970s when feminists repurposed them for masturbatory liberation. Last spring, I worked with my peers to organize a conference on the cultural history of pharmacology, where we heard papers about anesthesia in nineteenth-century American novels, the opium trade in colonial Korea, and crisis nursing at twentieth-century rock concerts. The conference confirmed my suspicion that the amazing material history of medicine deserves a wider audience.


From Our Partners: “They Were Really Us”: The UCSF Community’s Early Response to AIDS — A New Exhibition on Calisphere

~This post courtesy Polina Ilieva, Head, Archives and Special Collections, UCSF Libraries

When HIV/AIDS first seized the nation’s attention in the early 1980s, it was a disease with no name, known cause, treatment, or cure. Beginning as a medical mystery, it turned into one of the most divisive social and political issues of the 20th century. The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) was at the forefront of medical institutions trying to understand the disease and effectively treat early AIDS patients.

Drawing on materials from the艾滋病历史项目collections preserved in UCSF’s Archives and Special Collections, the UCSF Library presents“他们真的是我们”:UCSF社区的早期反应艾滋病那a new digital exhibition on Calisphere that highlights the ways UCSF clinicians and staff addressed HIV/AIDS from its outbreak in the 1980s to the foundation of theAIDS Research Institutein 1996.


This exhibition, including the digitization of materials used in this exhibition, has been made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-253755-17) “这San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing, Reuniting, and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records那” awarded to the UCSF Library in 2017-2020.

About UCSF Archives and Special Collections

UCSF档案和特殊收藏品identifies, collects, preserves, and maintains rare and unique materials to support research and teaching of the health sciences and medical humanities and to preserve UCSF institutional memory. The Archives serve as the official repository for the preservation of selected records, print and born-digital materials, and realia generated by or about the UCSF, including all four schools, the Graduate Division, and the UCSF Medical Center.

这Special Collections encompasses a Rare Book Collection that includes incunabula, early printed works, and modern secondary works. The East Asian Collection is especially strong in works related to the history of Western medicine in Japan. TheJapanese Woodblock Print Collectionconsists of 400 prints and 100 scrolls, dating from 16th to the 20th century. The Special Collections also contains papers of health care providers and researchers from San Francisco and California; historical records of UCSF hospitals; administrative records of regional health institutions; photographs and slides; motion picture films and videotapes; and oral histories focusing on development of biotechnology; the practice and science of medicine; healthcare delivery, economics, and administration; tobacco control; anesthesiology; homeopathy and alternative medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; high altitude physiology; occupational medicine; HIV/AIDS and global health.

About Calisphere


Calisphere Exhibitionsare curated sets of items with scholarly interpretation that contribute to historical understanding. Exhibitions tell a story by adding context to selected digital primary sources in Calisphere, thereby bringing the digital content to life. Calisphere Exhibitions are curated by contributing institutions and undergo editorial review. We are currently refining these processes, which are outlined in theContributor Help Center。Pleasecontact usif you’re interested in learning more about Calisphere Exhibitions.

Final words from our outgoing president, Melissa Grafe, Ph.D


Working with Emily Novak Gustainis, current Deputy Director of the Center and MHL co-chair, we expanded the MHL’s footprint with our amazing partners.这MHL now has over 320,000 items in our Internet Archive instanceandover 4,000,000 images drawn from these collections residing in our Flickr account。With the addition of the Wellcome Library and the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Santé (BIU Santé) as international governance members, the MHL includes fabulous collections from these illustrious institutions, accounting for over half of the MHL corpus. Our international and national governance members, including the National Library of Medicine, UCSF Library, the New York Academy of Medicine, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library at Columbia University, the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University (where I’m from), and the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard, sustain the MHL, contributing funding, time, effort, collections, and resources to keep our organization going. We also appreciate all the content contributors that tag their collection in Internet Archive with the MHL tag.

In 2018, with particular help from Beth Lander, College Librarian at the College of Physicians, the MHL embarked on a journey to become a stand-alone, incorporated non-profit, which we achieved in 2019, ten years after our founding. I became the first president of the MHL in 2018, with my term ending on June 30th那2020. The MHL started a fellowship program in 2018 to bring fresh voices to bear on every aspect of our work. Our fellows have delved into our user base to better understand ways to reach our audiences, created curated primary source sets on vaccination and disability, and analyzed the infrastructure supporting our Advanced search. We are happy to introduce Kim Adams as our fellow for this year, who will be helping us expand our outreach efforts and organize our first virtual symposium.