About Ellen S. More
Historian of medicine Ellen More, Ph.D., was 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 Emeritus 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 and retired in 2016.
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