Category: AWM Press

Mary Ellen Avery featured on VOA Health Report

By , July 13, 2012

This week, the Voice of America Health Report highlighted Mary Ellen Avery and her life-saving surfactant discovery. The story includes a clip from Avery’s oral history interview in the Archives for Women in Medicine, and a fascinating anecdote from Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Anne Hansen regarding early use of surfactant replacement therapy:

“…The attending who I was on with said, ‘When you’re on call tonight, if there’s a baby born who’s premature, you should watch very closely the natural history of that disease, because this is the last night before we’re going to start giving Exosurf to all our preterm babies. So, this will be your last chance ever in your life to see what a preterm baby does when they don’t receive Exosurf.’ And then he told me the whole story of Dr. Avery and her discoveries.”

Read more: How a 1959 Discovery Saves Premature Babies

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AWM event featured in Perspectives

By , February 1, 2011

Perspectives, January 2011

“Margaret (Peggy) Hostetter, MD, Albert B. Sabin Professor and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital presented “Tuberculosis in Literature from the 19th to the 21st Century” at Medicine Grand Rounds on September 29. Dr. Hostetter, a former CHB pediatric resident, discussed how fiction writers intuited the link between certain physical characteristics and susceptibility to TB, well in advance of medical science. Estherann Grace, MD, prefaced Dr. Hostetter’s presentation with a history of CHB women physicians including Dorothea May Moore, MD, CHB’s first woman physician and Mary Ellen Avery, MD, the first woman physician-in-chief at Children’s and the first woman to chair a major clinical department at Harvard Medical School.”

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“Women in medicine: No mountain too high to climb”

By , June 7, 2010

MGH Hotline, 28 May 2010

More than 100 colleagues, friends and family members turned out to honor three generations of Women in Medicine at the MGH at a May 14 event held in the Richard B. Simches Research Center. Hosted by the MGH Office for Women’s Careers, the MGH Planning Committee and the Archives for Women in Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), the event began with an oral history video of Janet Ward McArthur, MD, the first woman at the MGH to be accorded a full HMS professorship in 1972…

The event was one in a series of events co-sponsored by Countway Library’s Archives for Women in Medicine and HMS’s affiliated hospitals to celebrate pioneering and contemporary women leaders in medicine and science.

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“News and notes: Archives for Women in Medicine”

By , February 9, 2010

NEA Newsletter, January 2010

With a newly hired project archivist, The Archives for Women is resuming progress on its efforts to bridge a documentation gap in the manuscript holdings of the Center for the History of Medicine by collecting, preparing for access, and promoting the papers of outstanding women in the Harvard medical community.

Several exciting new collections have recently been acquired by the AWM, including the papers of Carola Eisenberg, MD, former Vice-President of Physicians for Human Rights, an organization dedicated to the championship of physicians subjected to persecution in other countries; Joanne Ingwall, PhD, pioneer in the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study cardiac energetics and function; and Nancy Tarbell, MD, an internationally recognized expert in pediatric radiation oncology and Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Office for Women’s Careers. We are looking forward to opening these and other collections of influential women leaders for research!

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“Bibring Celebrated by Women’s Archives Panel”

By , November 30, 2007

HMS Focus, 30 November 2007

“Longtime faculty member Eleanor Shore introduced the Nov. 15 celebration of Grete Bibring, which marked the opening of Bibring’s papers by the Archives for Women in Medicine at Countway Library. The program honored the woman as well as the archives, Shore said, since it was also the first celebration of the archives’ work. Bibring was the first woman to head an HMS clinical department, becoming chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Hospital in 1946, and the first female full professor at HMS, a position she reached in 1961. A protégé of Sigmund Freud, Bibring encouraged the integration of psychiatric care and mainstream medical care…”

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“Archives Project Documents Women’s Achievements in Medicine”

By , July 13, 2007

by Joseph Ladapo, HMS Focus, July 13, 2007

Grete Bibring, the first woman to be appointed a full professor at HMS, had an exceptional career in psychiatric medicine and research and was an internationally recognized name in the field of psychoanalysis. The Archives for Women in Medicine, a pioneering initiative at the Medical School, documents her academic and personal contributions, preserving them for future generations—along with the contributions of many other women leaders who have helped shape the history of HMS…

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“Community and Communication—The Story of the Archives for Women in Medicine”

By , October 9, 2006

by Giordana Mecagni, NEA Newsletter, Fall 2006

A description of the history and successes of the Archives for Women in Medicine appears in the latest issue of New England Archivists’ newsletter. New England Archivists, an organization established to foster the use of archives in New England, is the region’s professional association. Editor Susan Earle introduces the article as:”[The section entitled] Open Forum, … describes the Women in Medicine project at Harvard Medical School, which aims to represent and document the special role that women have played in mid- and late-twentieth century medicine. In this article, Giordana Mecagni, Project Archivist at Countway Library’s Center for the History of Medicine, reports on the efforts to both provide better access to existing collections and to acquire the records of first-generation women leaders in Harvard medicine who are now nearing retirement.”

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Press release: AWM hosts opening of “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians”

By , April 27, 2006

Press release, 27 April 2006

Archives for Women in Medicine at the Countway Library hosts opening of “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians.”

On March 23rd 2006, the Countway Library officially opened the National Library of Medicine/American Library Association’s exhibition “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians.”   The exhibition tells the extraordinary story of how American women who wanted to practice medicine have struggled over the past two centuries to gain access to medical education and to work in the medical specialty they chose.

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Poster celebrates women featured in exhibition

By , April 9, 2006

Children’s Hospital created a poster, “Three women…a breath of life,” celebrating Mary Ellen Avery M.D., Mary Ellen Wohl M.D., and Lynne Reid M.D., in conjunction with the traveling exhibition, “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians,” hosted by the Archives for Women in Medicine. The Archives for Women in Medicine’s holdings include personal and professional records of each of these luminaries.

"Three women... a breath of life" poster

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