Historian of medicine Ellen More, Ph.D., is head of the Office of Medical History
and Archives (OMHA) at the Lamar Soutter Library of the University of Massachusetts
Medical School and is also Professor of Psychiatry. The Office of Medical History and
Archives collects and preserves materials that document the history of the University of
Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). It also supports historical research, teaching, and
other activities that highlight the history of American medicine and health care. Before
joining UMMS, she was professor of history of medicine and medical humanities at the
Institute for the Medical Humanities of the University of Texas Medical Branch,
Galveston. In 2000-2001, she held a Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced
Study of Harvard University. Dr. More’s major research and teaching interests include the
history of American medicine and health care with an emphasis on the history of women,
the history of medical education, the history and uses of the concept of empathy in
medicine, the history and ethics of the professions, and the politics of sexuality and
sex education in modern America. 

In addition to many articles, her publications include the books Women Physicians and the
Cultures of Medicine(Johns Hopkins, 2008), co-edited with Elizabeth Fee and Manon Parry,
winner of the Best Publication Prize from the ALHHS in 2012; Restoring the Balance: Women
Physicians and the Profession of Medicine, 1850-1995 (Harvard, 1999; 2001), which was
awarded the Margaret Rossiter Prize from the History of Science Society in 2003; and The
Empathic Practitioner: Empathy, Gender, and Medicine (Rutgers, 1994), co-edited with
Maureen Milligan. She is also the author of two web-based histories, A History of the
University of Massachusetts Medical School: Integrating Primary Care and Biomedical
Research, Part 1, available online at http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/umms_history/1/;
and “The People’s Medicine Comes to Massachusetts: Establishing the Family Medicine
Residency at UMass Medical School,” http://library.umassmed.edu/omha/fmch/index.cfm. Her
current projects include two books. The first is tentatively titled Fighting for Sex
Education: Mary Steichen Calderone and the Politics of Sexuality in Modern America, under
contract to Beacon Press. She is also writing a history of UMass Medical School. The
second, Part 2 of A History of the University of Massachusetts Medical School:
Integrating Primary Care and Biomedical Research. 

She was the visiting curator for a historical exhibit on women in American medicine,
“Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians,” at the National
Library of Medicine from 2003 to April 2005, and was the organizer of a scholarly
symposium in 2005 at the NLM titled “Women Physicians, Women’s Politics, Women’s Health:
Changing Narratives.” Her research has been supported by the NEH, the NIH through the
National Library of Medicine publication grants program, by the Susan B. Anthony Center
for the Study of Women and Society, and by institutional awards from UTMB. 

Dr. More received her doctorate from the University of Rochester in 1980, where she
created undergraduate courses on the history of the American medical profession under an
institutional grant from the Commonwealth Fund. Following post-doctoral research in
History, Women's Studies, and Medical Humanities at the U.R., she joined the
Institute for the Medical Humanities at UTMB. She joined UMMS in 2006. 

Books

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Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine (with Elizabeth Fee and Manon Parry), Library Publications and Presentations (2008)
 

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The Empathic Practitioner: Empathy, Gender, and Medicine, Library Publications and Presentations (1994)
 

Articles

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Changing the Face of an Institution: Creative Partnerships for Women’s Professional Development (with Patricia D. Franklin, Heather-Lyn A. Haley, Barbara C. Ingrassia, Mary E. Piorun, Phyllis Pollack, and Elaine Russo Martin), Posters and Presentations (2006)
 

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Changing the Face of Medicine: One Historian's Experience as a Curator , Library Publications and Presentations (2006)
 
Mary Steichen Calderone, Library Publications and Presentations (2004)
 
The Remains of the Profession, or What the Butler Knew, Library Publications and Presentations (2001)
 
Balancing Act, Library Publications and Presentations (2000)