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Part 1 – Inspirational Women in Medicine: Celebrating Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Dana Medical Library is sharing empowering stories of inspirational women in medicine starting with Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler.

Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler was the first African American woman in the United States to earn an M.D. degree and in the process challenged the prejudice that prevented African Americans from pursuing careers in medicine.

Born in Delaware in 1831, Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler was raised by an aunt who spent much of her time caring for sick neighbors which influenced Crumpler’s career path. She worked as a nurse for 8 years before being accepted to the New England Female Medical College in 1860.

Graduating in 1864, she first practiced medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. However, after the Civil War ended, she saw a great need for medical services in the postwar South. Crumpler based herself in Richmond, Virginia and took part in missionary work providing urgent medical care to freed slaves. She worked in Richmond for many years before returning to Boston later in life.

The little that we do know about Crumpler is learned from the introduction of her book published in 1883 titled A Book of Medical Discourses where you can read about her remarkable achievements as a physician and medical writer.

If you have any suggestions for an inspirational woman in medical history for the Dana Medical Library blog please contact: Robin Katrick at the following email address: rkatrick@uvm.edu

Library Olympics

Dana Library’s “Gold Medal Winner” of electronic journals for 2009 was The New England Journal of Medicine. Over 20,000 articles were downloaded from the journal by UVM users and affiliates. In second place the Silver Medal goes to Nature with over 13,000 articles, followed closely by The Journal of Biological Chemistry with the Bronze. Rounding out the top ten journals were Science, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The British Medical Journal, Lancet, Pediatrics, The Journal of Immunology, and The Journal of Neuroscience.

In the database division the Gold Medal goes to UpToDate, which totaled almost 120,000 topic searches. The second place Silver went to Web of Science, at 66,000 searches and the Bronze to OvidMEDLINE, with a strong showing of 52,000 searchers. These were followed by MDConsult, CINAHL Nursing & Allied Health, Clinical Pharmacology, SciFinder Scholar, Access Medicine, Gale Health & Wellness Center, and Nursing Reference Center.

In the print books category, the most circulated items were Color Atlas of Anatomy: a Photographic Study of the Human Body (Rohen), Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease (Kumar, Abbas, and Fausto), Biochemistry (Berg, Tymoczko, and Stryer), Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts, et al.) and Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs: a Primer (McKenzie, Neiger, and Thackeray).