Institute of Medicine Report on Women’s Health Research

Dear WHOM colleagues,

Presumably this report from the IOM  was timed to coincide with the conference on the 20th anniversary of the Office of Women’s Health that was held at NIH yesterday.  This notice just appeared in the newsletter for the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences.

Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report: Women’s Health Research: Progress, Pitfalls, and Promise
Women’s health research and the study of sex differences are vitally important and require more attention and focus from federal agencies, according to a new IOM report released on September 23, 2010. To learn more, read the full report: Women’s Health Research: Progress, Pitfalls, and Promise

Monica H. Green

Professor of History

Arizona State University, Box 874302

Tempe, AZ  85287-4302


Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 5:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Book Announcement: The Lady Anatomist

I’m hopeful that you will let Whom members know about the publication of my book, The Lady Anatomist: the Life and Work of Anna Morandi Manzolini, available for $35 at the University of Chicago Press.

Thanks very much,
Rebecca Messbarger

Published in: on September 16, 2010 at 10:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Book announcement: Bodies of Knowledge

Dear WHOM members,

I’m writing to announce the availability of my new book, Bodies of Knowledge: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Women’s Health in the Second Wave, which has been published by the University of Chicago press and is now available in paperback on amazon for $15.

Wendy Kline
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of History
University of Cincinnati
360c McMicken Hall

Published in: on September 16, 2010 at 7:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Tribute to Judith Walzer Leavitt

The Department of Medical History and Bioethics announces a celebration of Professor Judith W. Leavitt on October 1-2, 2010 at the Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin Madison.

Friday night, October 1, celebratory dinner and reception

Saturday, October 2, 9- 4 pm.
“One Woman’s Labor:
Judith Leavitt’s Academic Contributions and Influence on the Profession”

In the last three decades, Professor Judy Leavitt has pursued an ambitious and far-reaching research program on the social history of childbirth, fatherhood, and Typhoid Mary. Her book, Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America, 1750-1950, transformed the history of childbirth.  Hailed as “the most authoritative medical historical text on the subject in America”  and as “a book for men as well as women,” she sensitively and elegantly explored the trade-offs and decisions that informed the movement of birth from the home to the hospital.  Her next book, Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health, received similar accolades as has her most recent monograph, Make Room for Daddy: the Journey from the Waiting Room to the Birthing Room.  Using fathers’ first-hand accounts from letters, journals, and personal interviews, Judy charts the changing experiences and expectations of expectant fathers from the 1940s to the 1980s. Sensitive to both power and privilege, she explores the increasing involvement of fathers and the medical inequalities and the impact of race and class.  Even the reviewer for the Wall Street Journal (no friend to the women and gender studies movement) praised the book as “illuminating, engaging, and fascinating.”

Above all, she has inspired generations of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students as a teacher, as a mentor, and role model.  Her commitment to evidence, her investment in clarity of expression and argument, her sense of the human dimensions of historical events and actors have influenced her students and colleagues and we look forward to celebrating her life and legacy.

For more information about the program, please contact the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin, 608-263-3414.

Susan E. Lederer
Robert Turell Professor of History of Medicine and Bioethics
Chair,Medical History and Bioethics
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
1300 University Ave. MSC 1420
Madison, WI 53706
f. 608.265.0486

Published in: on September 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Symposium: 20th Anniversary of ORWH

Dear WHOMers,

I just got this notice from the OSSD (Organization for the Study of Sex Differences).  This sounds like a major event but, alas, aside (perhaps) from the keynote by Bernadine Healey, there no historical perspective on how the Office of Women’s Health came to be established and how its trajectory has been set.  (Shockingly, at least from the titles, I see nothing at all about the Women’s Health Initiative and allied studies and how they blew away standard thinking on hormone replacement therapy.)

Is anybody on the list planning to go to this?  If so, might you send a brief report of the discussions to the list?

Monica Green
Professor of History
4th floor, Coor Hall
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ  85287-4302

—— Forwarded Message
From: Viviana Simon <>
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Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 09:41:42 -0700
To: Monica Green <>
Subject: ORWH 20th Anniversary Scientific Symposium and Celebration

Dear OSSD Members,

I wanted to make you aware of the following symposium celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the NIH. If you are in the area, you may consider attending.


Scientific Symposium
Date: September 27, 2010
9:00 a.m.- 5:15 p.m. (Registration will open at 8:00 a.m.)

Location: Natcher Conference Center
(NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD)

On September 27, 2010, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will hold a symposium to highlight some of the scientific advances that have increased our understanding of women’s health, differences between males and females, and implications for sex/gender-appropriate clinical care and personalized medicine. At this exciting event, the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) will launch the third scientific agenda for women’s health research for the coming decade, entitled A Vision for 2020 for Women’s Health Research: Moving Into the Future with New Dimensions and Strategies.

The daylong event, to include a reception, will provide a forum to recognize some of the major contributors to the establishment of ORWH and will celebrate progress in the field of women’s health research realized through the dedicated work of investigators, clinicians, and scientific colleagues from a wide range of disciplines and arenas-women and men. The 20th anniversary celebration will acknowledge the role of the many advocates who have worked tirelessly to energize support and set the stage for the realization of a vision-ensuring NIH-wide attention to research on women’s health issues across the lifespan and the role of sex/gender in health and disease.

This symposium is open to the public.


Published in: on September 10, 2010 at 8:26 am  Leave a Comment