TitleHead, Office of Medical History and Archives, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry
DepartmentOffice of Medical History and Archives
Brief BiographyHistorian of medicine Ellen More, Ph.D., joined the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) in 2006 to head the new Office of Medical History and Archives (OMHA) at the Lamar Soutter Library. She is also Professor of Psychiatry at UMMS. The Office of Medical History and Archives collects and preserves materials that document the history of 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. 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 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. She is the author of Restoring the Balance: Women Physicians and the Profession of Medicine, 1850-1995 (Harvard, 1999; paperback, 2001), winner of the Rossiter Prize from the History of Science Society, The Empathic Practitioner: Empathy, Gender, and Medicine (Rutgers, 1994), co-edited with Maureen Milligan, and Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), co-edited with Elizabeth Fee and Manon Parry. She was also Visiting Curator for the National Library of Medicine exhibition "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians," 2003-2005, which is now touring as a traveling exhibition. Full professional biography.
AppointmentsProfessor, Department of Psychiatry
Partnerships and Affiliations
- Member, UMMS Humanities in Medicine subcommittee
- Member, UMMS Women's Faculty Committee
- Member, UMMS CIP Professionalism Work Group
- Editorial Advisory Board, Bulletin of the History of Medicine
- Member, American Association for the History of Medicine
- Member, Society of American Archivists
- Member, Archivists and Librarians of the History of the Health Sciences
- Member, New England Archivists
Areas of Interest and ExpertiseHistory of medicine, history of women physicians in American medicine, history of medical education, history of psychiatry, history of sex education
Teaching and/or Research
- History of Medicine (Optional Enrichment Elective)
- History of Women in American Medicine
- History of Psychiatry
- History of Sex Education
- More, Ellen S. Restoring the Balance: Women Physicians and the Profession of Medicine, 1850-1995. (Harvard, 1999; paperback, 2001).
- The Empathic Practitioner: Empathy, Gender, and Medicine. Edited by Ellen Singer More and Maureen A. Milligan (Rutgers University Press, 1994).
- Health Politics, Gender Performance, and Power: Women Physicians Confront the Masculine Culture of Medicine. Edited by Ellen More, Elizabeth Fee, Manon Parry. (Under review by Johns Hopkins University Press.)
- Sexuality and American Society: Mary Steichen Calderone and the Politics of Sexuality in Modern America (in progress; book-length manuscript under contract to Beacon Press).
- Selected Publications (Articles, Chapters and Curated Exhibitions):
- More, Ellen S. "'A Certain Restless Ambition': Women Physicians and World War I," American Quarterly, 41(4): 636-660, 1989.
- More, Ellen S. "The American Medical Women's Association and the Role of the Woman Physician, 1915-1990," JAMWA, 1990, 45:5, 165-180.
- More, Ellen S., "Doctors or Professors? Late Victorian Physicians and the Culture(s) of Professionalism," Canadian Rev. Amer. Studies, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Spring, 1993).
- More, Ellen S., "Narratives of the History of American Medicine," Reviews in American History (March, 1994).
- Lederer, Susan E., Ellen S. More, and Joel D. Howell, "Medical History in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum," Academic Medicine, 1995, 70:9,770-777.
- More, Ellen S., "Empathy as a Hermeneutic Practice," Theoretical Medicine, 1996, 17 (Fall), pp. 243-254.
- More, Ellen and Greer, Marilyn, "American Women Physicians in 2000: A History in Progress," JAMWA, 55:1 January, 2000, pp. 6-9.
- More, Ellen S., "The Remains of the Profession, or, What the Butler Knew," Annals of Internal Medicine, 134:3 February, 2001, pp. 255-259.
- Visiting Curator, National Library of Medicine exhibition, "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians," 2001-2005.
- "Mary Steichen Calderone," Notable American Women, 3rd Edition, Susan Ware, ed. (2004).
- "Changing the Face of Medicine: One Historian's Experience as a Curator," Archival Elements (Summer, 2006). Accessed via http://www.archivists.org/saagroups/sthc/aelements2006.html.
- "Dr. Mary Steichen Calderone: Professionalism, Sexuality, and the Woman Physician," Symposium on "Health Politics, Gender Performance, and Power: Women Physicians Confront the Masculine Culture of Medicine," National Library of Medicine, NIH Campus, March 10, 2005.
- "Professionalism in the Academic Health Science Center: History and Current Applications," UMass Medical School, April 5, 2005.
- "The Search for Balance," UMassMed Women's Faculty Awards Ceremony, guest speaker, May 25, 2005.
- "Performance and Personal Politics: Dr. Mary Calderone, Sex Educator," European Association of the History of Medicine and Health, Paris, September 9, 2005.
- "Professional Authority, Sexual Morality, and the Woman Physician: Changing the Face of Medicine," Case Western Reserve University, November 1, 2005.
- "Sexual Stories: Mary Calderone and the Personal Politics of Sex Education," Center for Health, Culture and Society, Emory University, November 17, 2005.
- "Sexual Stories: Dr. Mary Calderone and the Personal Politics of Sex Education," Five Colleges Women's Studies Research Center, Mt. Holyoke College, March 29, 2006.
- "Re-Writing Medical History: New Perspectives on the History of Women in Medicine," Countway Medical Library, Harvard Medical School, April 20, 2006.
- "Testing the Boundaries: Women Physicians and Sex Education," Meet the Author series, UMass Medical School, May 9, 2006.
- Patricia D. Franklin, Heather-Lyn A. Haley, Barbara C. Ingrassia, Ellen S. More, Mary E. Piorun, Phyllis Pollack, and Elaine Russo Martin, "Changing the Face of an Institution: Creative Partnerships for Women's Professional Development," Poster, AAMC, Seattle, WA, October 29, 2006.
Honors and Awards
- Margaret Rossiter Award from the History of Science Society, 2003 (best book on the History of Women and Science), Restoring the Balance (Harvard, 1999)
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Senior Fellowship, 2004-5
- UTMB Presidential Professional Development Leave, 2005
- Radcliffe Institute for Advance Studies Fellowship, 2000-2001
- NIH R01 Publications Grant, 1990-1991
- Council, American Association for the History of Medicine
- Honorary Member, Association of Women Surgeons
- Honorary Board Member, Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine