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Murray Gottlieb Prize

The Murray Gottlieb Prize was established in 1956 by Ralph and Jo Grimes of the Old Hickory Bookshop, Brinklow, MD, in memory of Murray Gottlieb, a New York antiquarian book dealer.  Since 2010, this award has been sponsored by the MLA History of the Health Sciences Section.  The purpose of the prize is to recognize and stimulate interest in the history of the health sciences.  The Gottlieb Prize is awarded annually for the best unpublished scholarly paper about a topic in the history of the health sciences.  The author of the winning essay receives complimentary registration to the annual meeting, a certificate at the association’s annual meeting, and a cash award of $100 after the annual meeting. 

Eligibility            

  • The author of a paper submitted for the Murray Gottlieb Prize must be a member of the Medical Library Association.
  • The submitted paper must treat some aspect of the health sciences.
  • The submitted paper may be under consideration for publication at the time of submission, but cannot have been published.
  • The submitted paper must meet the requirements for submission to the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Submission of Papers

  • The award carries right of first refusal for publication to the Journal of the Medical Association.
  • Paper may be submitted in print format or electronically to the MLA Awards Coordinator.
  • Papers must be received at MLA by November 1.

Writing Guidelines

  • The title of the paper must appear at the head of the manuscript.
  • A 150-word abstract must be included on a separate page.
  • The name, title, institution/library, address, telephone, and email address of the author must be included on a separate cover sheet, but no place else on the manuscript, to facilitate blind review.

Standards for Review of Papers

  • Quality of bibliographic research;
  • Quality of the experimental design or arguments developed to support a particular hypothesis;
  • Contribution to the study of the history of the health sciences;
  • Originality; 
  • Style (clarity, appearance, conciseness, structure).

The recipient will be notified in March before the annual meeting at which the presentation will be made.  The recipient assumes all costs of attending the meeting (except meeting registration) and the ceremony at which the presentation is made.  If there are no appropriate candidates, the association may elect not to grant the award in a given year.

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Past Award Recipients

  • 2015:  "The Legacy of Color Vision Testing in the Railway Industry" - Elena Faria Azadbakht

  • 2014:  none awarded

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

  • 2012:  none awarded

  • 2011:  none awarded

  • 2010:  "The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: Medical Research versus Human Rights" - Lindsay E. Blake

  • 2009:  "The Lost History of American Veterinary Medicine: The Need for Preservation" - Trenton Boyd

  • 2008:  "Envisioning the Unborn: Art, Anatomy and the Printing Press in the Modern Era " - Heidi Heilemann

  • 2007:  "The Body Politic: The Contributions of Physician-Patriot Joseph Warren" - Elizabeth Connor

  • 2006:  "The Kappa Lambda Society of Hippocrates: A Reconsideration in the Context of Its Time" - Suzanne Shultz

  • 2005:  "The Japanese Adoption of Western Medicine: From Sakoku to the Meiji Era" - Ursula Ellis

  • 2004:  "History of Tumor Measurement Using Radiographs" - Beth Wagner

  • 2003:  none awarded

  • 2002:  "The Early Botanical Medical Movement as a Reflection of Life, Liberty, and Literacy in Jacksonian America" - Michael A. Flannery

  • 2001:  none awarded

  • 2000:  "War as Laboratory: Albert B. Sabin's Military Service and Its Influence on His Poliomyelitis Research and Development of the Oral Poliovirus Vaccine" - Maggie Yax

  • 1999:  "Financing North American Medical Libraries in the Nineteenth Century" - Godfrey S. Belleh and Eric v.d.Luft

  • 1998:  "Of Mice and Men: The Vivisection Controversy in Turn of the Century America" - Mary Westermann

  • 1996:  "The Dreadful Visitation: Public Health and Public Awareness in 17th Century London" - Stephen J. Greenberg

  • 1995:  "Historical Writing About Women, Medicine and Health: A Histobiographic Essay" - Susan K. Rishworth

  • 1994:  "A Poor Man's Riches, A Rich Man's Bliss: Regimen, Reform, and the Journal of Health, 1829-1833" - Thomas A. Horrocks

  • 1993:  "Blacks in Chiropractic Education" - Glenda Wiese

  • 1992:  "Hot Springs Water and Facilities for Healing: The U.S. Public Health Service and Camp Garraday" - Edwina Walls

  • 1991:  "A Hospital by and for Blacks: A Chapter in the Medical History of Birmingham, Alabama, 1930-1954" - Mary Rhinelander McCarl

  • 1989:  "Retrolental Fibroplasia: Experimental Research and Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary" - Joan Krizack

  • 1985:  "Early Dental Journalism: A Mirror of the Development of Dentistry as a Profession" - Sara Anne Hook

  • 1984:  "Ancient Medical Authors and Their Renaissance Editors and Publishers" - Christopher Hoolihan

  • 1983:  "The Phenomenology of Phrenology: A Note of the Hegelian Critique of Gall's Special Organology" - Charles Gordon Forrest

  • 1982:  "Moral and Humane: Patients' Libraries in Nineteenth-Century American Mental Hospitals" - Lisa Dunkel

  • 1980:  "John Brown's Corpus" - Judith A. Overmier

  • 1979:  "Osteopathic Medicine-Past and Present" - Georgia Walters

  • 1978:  "Historical Journal Resources of the Rudolf Matas Library, Tulane University" - Mary Lynette Ryan

  • 1977:  "Pediatrics in an Eighteenth-Century Remedy Book" - Estelle Brodman, Ph.D.

  • 1976:  "The Library of M. Richard Meader" - Joan Campbell

  • 1971:  "Nineteenth-Century Medical Journalism in Texas" - Violet M. Baird

  • 1970:  "Pre-Civil War Journals in Louisiana" - Kay Olschner

  • 1969:  "Samuel Nickles, Dry and Quaint" - Katherine T. Barkley

  • 1968:  none awarded

  • 1967:  "Medical Collections in Public Libraries of the United States" - Marjorie Wannarka

  • 1966:  none awarded

  • 1965:  "Benjamin Rush and John Minson Galt II:Pioneers of Bibliotherapy in America" -  Philip J. Weimerskirch

  • 1964:  "Medical Aspects of the Westward Migrations, 1830-60" - Irwin H. Pizer

  • 1963:  "The Library of the Louisville Medical Institute, 1837-46" - John Titley

  • 1962:  "Medicine and the Mormons" - Robert T. Divett

  • 1961:  "The McGill Medical Libraries 1829-1929" - Martha Benjamin

  • 1960:  "The Development of Medical Practice in Bedford Township, NY" - Janet Doe

  • 1959:  "The Medical College of Utah at Morgan" - Robert T. Divett

  • 1958:  "The Development of the Omaha Medical College 1869-1902" - Bernice M. Hetzner

  • 1957:  "The Cholera Epidemic of 1832 in York, Upper Canada" - Marian A. Patterson

  • 1956:  "Medical Care Among the North Carolina Moravians" - Dorthy Long

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