McGoogan News

Davis Lecture explores American childbirth, April 23

By John Schleicher

The history of childbirth in the United States will be the focus of the 7th Annual Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D. History of Medicine Lecture, to be held at noon on April 23 in the Eppley Science Hall Amphitheater (room 3010).

The guest speaker is Judith Leavitt, Ph.D., professor emerita in the department of medical history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The title of Dr. Leavitt’s lecture is “From ‘Brought to Bed’ to ‘Alone among Strangers': Medical and Social Issues in American Childbirth History.” She will focus on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the transition from home births to hospital births. Dr. Leavitt is author or co-author of several books including “Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America, 1750 to 1950,” and her most recent work “Make Room for Daddy: The Journey from Waiting Room to Birthing Room.”

Dr. Leavitt’s major research interests are 19th and 20th century public health and women’s health. Her other publications include: “The Healthiest City: Milwaukee and the Politics of Health Reform” and “Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health.”

She has edited “Sickness and Health in America” and “Women and Health in America,” and she chaired the department of medical history and bioethics at UW for 11 years. She was associate dean for faculty in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health for four years. She was president of the American Association for the History of Medicine from 2000-2002.

Box lunches provided for the first 75 attendees starting at 11:30 a.m. The McGoogan Library of Medicine is hosting the event.

The Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., History of Medicine Lectureship brings national experts to the UNMC campus to discuss the history of medicine, in support of special collections at the McGoogan Library, including rare books and works on the history of medicine. The lectureship is supported through an endowed fund given by the late Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D. (1926-2010), professor emeritus of internal medicine at UNMC, and his wife, Jean. Davis supported this lectureship out of his long-standing interest in the history of medicine; he was a faculty member at UNMC from 1969-1994.

Summer reading “sale” at the library

By Dawn Wilson

The school year is almost over, and for some, that means finally, a little time to relax! Whether you’re planning to spend a few days at the beach, or take a long flight overseas, you’re going to need a good book to take with you. We’ve got you covered! Just visit our leisure reading “sale” and browse literary, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, non-fiction, children’s books, picture books, cookbooks, memoirs, magazines, and even some DVDs and CDs.

The McGoogan Library uses the “sale” to raise money for Fontenelle Elementary School. They’re our adopted school library, located in north Omaha, and every year, we buy exciting brand-new books to fill their library.

The sale will start April 6 and run six weeks, through the end of the semester. It’s located on the 6th floor, near the Ask Us desk.

If you have donations that you have found lingering under beds during spring cleaning, by all means, bring them up! We will continue to take donations throughout the sale.

Book “sales” are by donation only.

Donate books, help raise money

Books purchased for Fontenelle Elementary School Library with donations from the library's book sale.

Books purchased for Fontenelle Elementary School Library with donations from the library's book sale.

By Dawn Wilson

Get ready for the annual Leisure Reading Book Sale. Hosted by the McGoogan Library of Medicine, all proceeds go to buy new books for the library at Fontenelle Elementary School. So how can you help? By cleaning off your book cases, checking under your beds, clearing out the trunk of your car, and donating all those forgotten books to the library.

What else can you donate?

  • Books–fiction, non-fiction, children’s, picture books, etc
  • Journals/magazines
  • Cookbooks
  • Music CDs
  • Computer games
  • Video games
  • DVDs

Have too much to carry yourself? Call the Ask Us desk at 402-559-4006 and a staff member can meet you at the loading dock with a cart.

What else can you do? Come visit the Leisure Reading Book Sale when it starts the first week of April and stock up on your summer reading! Purchases are made by at-will donations–all money raised goes to buy books for the Fontenelle library! The event will be held on the 6th floor of the Library in Wittson Hall. More information about the sale will be posted closer to the start date.

Donations are tax deductible and help with spring cleaning!

Student cookie break Tuesday December 16

The 16th annual student cookie break will be held in the library’s Linder Lounge on Tuesday, December 15 at 2:30 p.m. We will have many dozens of Eileen’s Cookies for your study break. This is just a small token of our support for the great work you are doing towards your future health professional career.

Spread the word to all of your classmates – don’t miss out on the cookies!

Health sciences book sale and fundraiser

Between September 15 and October 24, the library is holding its annual Fall book “sale” to benefit the library at Omaha’s Fontenelle Elementary School. Carts of available books will be located in the library on the 6th floor. Books, dated within the last ten years, cover a variety of health sciences-related subjects, from anatomy to physiology.

Every year we raise money to purchase new books for the school library. Stop by and browse our selection, buff up your book collection, and help the library at Fontenelle Elementary School at the same time.

Books are available for a donation only.