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Title:Seeking Perfect Motherhood: Women, Medicine, and Libraries
Author(s):Apple, Rima D.
Subject(s):Main Street Public Library Collections
Abstract:Knowledge about health and medicine expanded dramatically in the first half of the twentieth century. This expansion raised an important question for women, especially mothers, who are traditionally responsible for the health of their families: where could they learn the most up-to-date information? One possible significant venue was the public library. This close study of five public libraries analyzes the diverse sources of scientific and medical information available in Midwest rural libraries. It documents the critical role that individual librarians played in bringing new sources to their patrons, and discloses that such collections reinforced contemporary medical orthodoxy.
Issue Date:2012
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In Library Trends 60 (4) Spring 2012: 694-705
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/31896
ISSN:0024-2594
DOI:10.1353/lib.2012.0016
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-11-21
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