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The University of Massachusetts Medical School, A History: Integrating Primary Care and Biomedical Research
Ellen S. More

When an all-male class of 16 students entered the new University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1970, they might well have wondered whether they were making a huge mistake. Undoubtedly they took an enormous risk. The entire school—faculty, students, staff, laboratories, offices and classrooms—was housed in a small converted warehouse. The faculty probably had their doubts as well. Not so Dr. Lamar Soutter, the school’s founding dean and guiding spirit. No matter how many times the state legislature threatened to withhold the school’s funding, or how many governors threatened to shut it down altogether, Soutter knew he could outlast them all.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School, chartered in 1962 and opened in 1970, was one of a cohort of medical schools founded in response to fears of a physician shortage. In Massachusetts, this translated into a call for more opportunities for the state’s students to attend an affordable school where, it was hoped, they would deliver primary care to the people of their home state. Yet, Dean Soutter and the original faculty, most of whom were basic scientists recruited from Boston medical schools, were equally devoted to basic research and tertiary care medicine. This book tells the story of the school’s struggle, and eventual success in reconciling the demands of primary care education with world-class research. Part 1, published in 2012, tells the sometimes raucous story of the politics attendant on bringing the school from legislative enactment to actual groundbreaking, a process lasting more than 20 years. Part 2, to be published in 2015, will assess the development of the school’s educational, clinical and research initiatives.

Author biography

Ellen S. More, Ph.D. is a historian of medicine specializing in the history of the medical profession and medical education. She is the author or editor of three previous books, including Restoring the Balance: Women Physicians and the Profession of Medicine, 1850-1995 (Harvard), winner of the Rossiter Prize from the History of Science Society, and Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine (Johns Hopkins), co-edited with Elizabeth Fee and Manon Parry, winner of the Best Publication award from the Archivists and Librarians of the History of the Health Sciences. She was the Visiting Curator for the National Library of Medicine exhibition “Changing the Face of Medicine.” She is the former head of the Office of Medical History and Archives of the UMass Medical School Lamar Soutter Library, and Professor of Psychiatry.

Articles

Examples of OMHA activities can be found in the following issues of Vitae and SoutteReview, the library's former newsletter:

SoutteReview

Vitae

Web Exhibits

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

Web Exhibit: Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture – by Molly Higgins, 2014. Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture is a traveling exhibit on the history of AIDS, created by the National Library of Medicine. In conjunction with that exhibit, the Office of Medical History and Archives, a division of the Lamar Soutter Library at UMass Medical School, has created an exhibit on the history of AIDS research and care at UMMS.

A History of MassBiologics

Web Exhibit: A History of MassBiologics – by Martha Meacham, 2013.

History of the University of Massachusetts Worcester

Web Exhibit: The People's Medicine Comes to Massachusetts: Establishing a Family Medicine Residency at UMass Medical School – by Ellen More, Ph.D., Heather-Lyn Haley, Ph.D., and Robert Vander Hart, 2008.

Web Exhibit: Lamar Soutter, M.D. (1909-1996): Founding Dean of UMMS – by Gael Evans, Judy Nordberg, and Robert Vander Hart, 2005.

Video: "The University of Massachusetts Medical School: A History" – by Peter Castaldi, M.D., 2002. Funded by the Worcester District Medical Society.

American Archives Month

As a way to promote a broader understanding of, and interest in, the history of UMass-Worcester we celebrate American Archives Month each October. This annual celebration, "Look How Far We've Come (and How We Got Started)" focuses on the history of some aspect of the three schools that comprise UMass-Worcester: the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Nursing, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Not only do we showcase speakers who were significant contributors to our legacy—with great stories to tell—but we also prepare for the event by conducting oral history interviews and accessioning into the archives surviving documents from earlier years of the institution.

2013: Celebrating the History of the University Hospital, 1976-1998

2011: Celebrating the History of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 1979 - 2011

2010: Celebrating the History of the Graduate School of Nursing, 1985 - 2010

2009: Celebrating the History of UMass Medical School, 1970 - 2009

Worcester State Hospital

Worcester State Hospital's first superintendent, Dr. Samuel B. Woodward, was a leader in the burgeoning practice of American psychiatry, and one of the founders and first president of the organization that is today the American Psychiatric Association. A poster from 2005 by Len Levin, Lisa Palmer, and Janet Dadoly, "Dr. Samuel B. Woodward: A Nineteenth-Century Pioneer in American Psychiatric Care," has appeared at the annual meetings of the Medical Library Association and the North Atlantic Health Science Libraries, Inc.

Worcester State Hospital – Before and After the Fire of 1991 - (PowerPoint slideshow)

Women in Medicine

Web Exhibit: Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians – Ellen More and Manon Parry, co-curators, National Library of Medicine exhibition, 2003-2005.

Web Exhibit: Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians – Lamar Soutter Library Travelling Exhibit, May 5-June 15, 2006.

Press

UMassMed Now:

  • History of Medicine enlightens as it informs (December 17, 2012) – UMassMedNow interviews the students and instructors of UMMS’ History of Medicine seminar series, offered to all students each year during the fall semester.
  • Embracing online academic publishing in the age of eBooks (October 12, 2012) – To kick off Open Access Week events at the Lamar Soutter Library, Ellen More, PhD, Head of the Office of Medical History and Archives, discusses scholarly electronic publishing. Dr. More is the author of the library’s first eBook; A History of the University of Massachusetts Medical School: Integrating Primary Care and Biomedical Research, Part 1.
  • Making rare books available to everyone (September 2, 2011) – Thanks to a large digitization effort, the Lamar Soutter Library provides free and open access to rare medical books through the Medical Heritage Library.

Book Reviews

The following reviews were written by Harvey Fenigsohn between 2007 and 2011. The books reviewed here all may be found in the Library’s History of Medicine and History of Women in Medicine and Health Care collections. They are available to be checked out from the Lamar Soutter Library.

Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Society, W.W. Norton & Company, 1997. Reviewed November 2011 by Harvey Fenigsohn.

Pauline W. Chen, M.D., Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflection on Mortality, Vintage Books, 1997. Reviewed February 2011 by Harvey Fenigsohn.

David T. Courtwright, Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World, Harvard University Press, 2001. Reviewed in 2009 by Harvey Fenigsohn.

Judith Walzer Leavitt, Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public's Health, Beacon Press, 1996. Reviewed in 2009 by Harvey Fenigsohn.

Frances K. Conley, M.D., Walking Out on the Boys, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. Reviewed in 2008 by Harvey Fenigsohn.

Martin S. Pernick, The Black Stork: Eugenics and the Death of "Defective" Babies in American Medicine and Motion Pictures in America Since 1915, Oxford University Press, 1996. Reviewed in 2008 by Harvey Fenigsohn.

Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D., and Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt, The Scalpel and The Silver Bear, Bantam Books, 2000. Reviewed in 2008 by Harvey Fenigsohn.

Robert N. Proctor, The Nazi War on Cancer, Princeton University Press, 1999. Reviewed in 2007 by Harvey Fenigsohn.