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Murray Gottlieb Prize

The Murray Gottlieb Prize is awarded annually for the best unpublished scholarly paper about a topic in the history of the health sciences. The Gottlieb Prize was established in 1956 by Ralph and Jo Grimes of the Old Hickory Bookshop, Brinklow, MD, in order to recognize and stimulate the health sciences librarians' interest in the history of medicine. Since 2010, the award is sponsored by the MLA History of the Health Sciences Section. Nomination, criteria, and submission details

Award Recipients

  • 2015: Elena Faria Azadbakht "The legacy of color vision testing in the railway industry"

  • 2014: none awarded

  • 2013: Richard H. Nollan "Life's Blood: Blood Banking in a Southern City"

  • 2012: none awarded

  • 2011: none awarded

  • 2010: Lindsay E. Blake

    "The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: Medical Research versus Human Rights"

  • 2009: Trenton Boyd

    "The Lost History of American Veterinary Medicine: The Need for Preservation"

  • 2008: Heidi Heilemann

    "Envisioning the Unborn: Art, Anatomy and the Printing Press in the Modern Era "

  • 2007: Elizabeth Connor

    "The Body Politic: The Contributions of Physician-Patriot Joseph Warren"

  • 2006: Suzanne Shultz

    "The Kappa Lambda Society of Hippocrates: A Reconsideration in the Context of Its Time"

  • 2005: Ursula Ellis

    "The Japanese Adoption of Western Medicine: From Sakoku to the Meiji Era"

  • 2004: Beth Wagner

    "History of Tumor Measurement Using Radiographs"

  • 2003: none awarded

  • 2002: Michael A. Flannery

    "The Early Botanical Medical Movement as a Reflection of Life, Liberty, and Literacy in Jacksonian America"

  • 2001: none awarded

  • 2000: Maggie Yax

    "War as Laboratory: Albert B. Sabin's Military Service and Its Influence on His Poliomyelitis Research and Development of the Oral Poliovirus Vaccine"

  • 1999: Godfrey S. Belleh and Eric v.d.Luft

    "Financing North American Medical Libraries in the Nineteenth Century"

  • 1998: Mary Westermann

    "Of Mice and Men: The Vivisection Controversy in Turn of the Century America"

  • 1996: Stephen J. Greenberg

    "The Dreadful Visitation: Public Health and Public Awareness in 17th Century London"

  • 1995: Susan K. Rishworth

    "Historical Writing About Women, Medicine and Health: A Histobiographic Essay"

  • 1994: Thomas A. Horrocks

    "A Poor Man's Riches, A Rich Man's Bliss: Regimen, Reform, and the Journal of Health, 1829-1833"

  • 1993: Glenda Wiese

    "Blacks in Chiropractic Education"

  • 1992: Edwina Walls

    "Hot Springs Water and Facilities for Healing: The U.S. Public Health Service and Camp Garraday"

  • 1991: Mary Rhinelander McCarl

    "A Hospital by and for Blacks: A Chapter in the Medical History of Birmingham, Alabama, 1930-1954"

  • 1989: Joan Krizack

    "Retrolental Fibroplasia: Experimental Research and Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary"

  • 1985: Sara Anne Hook

    "Early Dental Journalism: A Mirror of the Development of Dentistry as a Profession"

  • 1984: Christopher Hoolihan

    "Ancient Medical Authors and Their Renaissance Editors and Publishers"

  • 1983: Charles Gordon Forrest

    "The Phenomenology of Phrenology: A Note of the Hegelian Critique of Gall's Special Organology"

  • 1982: Lisa Dunkel

    "Moral and Humane: Patients' Libraries in Nineteenth-Century American Mental Hospitals"

  • 1980: Judith A. Overmier

    "John Brown's Corpus"

  • 1979: Georgia Walters

    "Osteopathic Medicine-Past and Present"

  • 1978: Mary Lynette Ryan

    "Historical Journal Resources of the Rudolf Matas Library, Tulane University"

  • 1977: Estelle Brodman, Ph.D.

    "Pediatrics in an Eighteenth-Century Remedy Book"

  • 1976: Joan Campbell

    "The Library of M. Richard Meader"

  • 1971: Violet M. Baird

    "Nineteenth-Century Medical Journalism in Texas"

  • 1970: Kay Olschner

    "Pre-Civil War Journals in Louisiana"

  • 1969: Katherine T. Barkley

    "Samuel Nickles, Dry and Quaint"

  • 1968: none awarded

  • 1967: Marjorie Wannarka

    "Medical Collections in Public Libraries of the United States"

  • 1966: none awarded

  • 1965: Philip J. Weimerskirch

    "Benjamin Rush and John Minson Galt II:Pioneers of Bibliotherapy in America"

  • 1964: Irwin H. Pizer

    "Medical Aspects of the Westward Migrations, 1830-60"

  • 1963: John Titley

    "The Library of the Louisville Medical Institute, 1837-46"

  • 1962: Robert T. Divett

    "Medicine and the Mormons"

  • 1961: Martha Benjamin

    "The McGill Medical Libraries 1829-1929"

  • 1960: Janet Doe

    "The Development of Medical Practice in Bedford Township, NY"

  • 1959: Robert T. Divett

    "The Medical College of Utah at Morgan"

  • 1958: Bernice M. Hetzner

    "The Development of the Omaha Medical College 1869-1902"

  • 1957: Marian A. Patterson

    "The Cholera Epidemic of 1832 in York, Upper Canada"

  • 1956: Dorthy Long

    "Medical Care Among the North Carolina Moravians"


Please contact MLA (312.419.9094 x15) for more information on the procedures for awards and honors nominations or applications.