Rima D. AppleVilas Life Cycle Professor Emerit

I have published extensively in women’s history, the history of medicine and nursing, and the history of nutrition. Among my eight books are Perfect Motherhood: Science and Childrearing in America (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2006) and Vitamania: Vitamins in American Culture (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1996) which received the Kremers Award, 1998, from the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. I have lectured extensively both in the United States and internationally. I am the recipient of grants and awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Library of Medicine, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Wellcome Trust.

In 2011 I received the Mary Adelaide Nutting Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing, from the American Association for the History of Nursing, and in 2018 I received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of the History of Medicine.

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  • PhD, History of Medicine, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • MA, History of Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • BA, Mathematics, New York University