Thursday, October 30, 2008

Podcasts of lectures now available: women in medicine

At long last, the podcasts of the two lectures delivered in conjunction with the Portland showing of the traveling NLM exhibit Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians are now available from the Multnomah County Library podcast web site.

Scroll down a bit to find the lectures, one on the history of women in medicine and the other on Esther Pohl Lovejoy, MD. The videos can be downloaded directly from the links below or from the library site. Enjoy!

Esther Clayson Pohl Lovejoy, M.D.: Changing the Face of Medicine in Oregon and Across the World
Learn about Esther Clayson Pohl Lovejoy, M.D., an 1894 graduate from the University of Oregon Medical School and a key figure in Progressive era Oregon public health and suffrage campaigns. Kimberly Jensen, professor of history at Western Oregon University and author of Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War, traces Lovejoy's accomplishments, from medical service in World War I to directing and expanding the American Women's Hospitals, an international medical relief service for civilians and refugees. As organizer and first president of the Medical Women's International Association, Lovejoy developed an international vision for cooperation among medical women, which continued throughout her life.

Keynote Lecture: A Brief History of Women in Medicine

The mark of the woman physician through history has been one of hardship, distinction and accomplishment. Sima Desai, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, highlights the challenges and successes of both the women and the institutions that made a difference for and in medicine. Historically, women held important positions in medicine, and their wisdom and healing were widely sought. When societal norms changed in the 17th and 18th centuries, however, they were driven out of the profession. Hear how they rose to prominence in preventative medicine during the late 1800s, and about the larger inroads made by women in the profession during the 20th century.

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