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InfoFair 2012

Changing the Face of Medicine

Will Bagley Presentation

The Woman's Face of Medicine in Frontier Utah

Please join the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for Will Bagley presenting The Woman's Face of Medicine in Fronteir Utah. This event is located in the George and Dolores Eccles Institute of Human Genetics Auditorium on the first floor.

As old barriers crumble, the face of modern medicine is rapidly changing, but a look back at Utah's colorful history reveals some surprising precedents. "A doctor if He had good sens[e] would not wish to visit women in child birth, " Brigham Young said in his medical lecture to the Board of Health at Great Salt Lake City in December 1851. "And if a woman had good sense she would not wish a man to doctor them on such an occasion." The territory's early Mormon settlers were dedicated naturopaths of the Thompsonian persuasion, and as President Young's words indicate, women dominated several fields of medical science, notably pediatrics. Frontier midwife Patty Bartlett Sessions recorded 3,977 births, with only "two difficult cases," and performed her last delivery at the age of 85. During her career, Dr. Ellis Shipp, an 1878 graduate of the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, delivered more than 5,000 babies at the Deseret Hospital. Historian Will Bagley, whose great-great-grandparents lost seven children in three weeks to whooping cough, will take a fresh look at Utah's surprising medical history and some of the courageous and colorful women who dealt courageously with diphtheria epidemics of 1864, 1872, 1891, 1900, and 1947.

Will Bagley's Presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26.

Across Generations, Across Disciplines

Panel Discussion

Please join the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library on Monday, September 10, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for the Changing the Face of Medicine: Across Generations, Across Disciplines panel discussion. This event is located in the library's History of Medicine Room on the upper level (northeast corner). Light refreshments will be served at 10:15 a.m.

The panel is being moderated by Harriet Hopf, M.D., Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Director of the University of Utah's School of Medicine's Women in Medicine and Science Program. The focus for discussion is opportunities and challenges faced by women who manage family and career commitments.


  • Lisa Cannon-Albright, Ph.D.
  • Kathleen Digre, M.D.
  • Karen Gunning, Pharm.D.
  • Lauren Clark, Ph.D., R.N.
  • Tricia B. Hauschild, M.D.

Across Generations, Across Disciplines Panel Discussion is scheduled for Monday, September 10.

2012 InfoFair

Changing the Face of Medicine

Ellen More, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.

University of Massachusetts Medical School - Lamar Soutter Library

Long before the phrase "work-life balance" became a cultural mantra, women physicians in the U.S. were ingeniously reconciling the complex needs of profession and family. The exhibition, "Changing the Face of Medicine" describes the challenges they faced and how they responded to them by highlighting both their individual diversity and the breadth of their contributions as clinicians, scientists, and reformers. In honor of that exhibition, today's lecture will discuss the history of women in American medicine through the examples of women who successfully responded to the challenges presented to them and, in the process, also helped transform their profession and their communities. Dr. More will also discuss the challenges of constructing a multi-media narrative that is both clear and -necessarily-- complex.

Ellen More, Ph.D., a historian of medicine, is head of the Office of Medical History and Archives of the Lamar Soutter Library and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.

The Clifford C. Snyder, MD and Mary Snyder Lecture is scheduled for Thursday, August 30.

View the InfoFair Schedule for times and locations.

Sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.

Snyder Lecture funding provided by the Clifford C. Snyder, M.D. and Mary Snyder endowment.

Changing the Face of Medicine

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