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Waring Historical Library announces essay winners

Jenny M. Luke, R.N., a master’s in history candidate at the University of Texas at Arlington, won the MUSC Waring Historical Library’s 2013 W. Curtis Worthington Jr. research paper competition in the graduate category for her paper titled “Asafetida to Aureomycin: African-American Nurse-Midwives, 1930-1950.”

Jenny M. Luke, R.N.

Luke, who was also awarded the title of university scholar as a graduate student and was the recipient of the 2012 Wolfskill Award for Excellence in Master’s Studies in History, has an interest in the history of childbirth practices and maternity care.

First prize in the undergraduate category was awarded to John Scaringi, a senior history major at the College of Charleston. His winning paper was titled “Physicians, Paupers, and the Peninsula: The Emergence of Public Health Policy in Charleston, South Carolina.”

John Scaringi

Scaringi, a Greenville native, plans to apply to medical school after studying cardiac electrophysiology in the lab of Martin Morad, Ph.D.

Both first-prize winners received $1,500, and their papers will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.The competition was named for W. Curtis Worthington Jr., M.D., the current director of the Waring Historical Library, and was established to encourage students to contribute to the history of medicine.

Papers were judged by Kurt Boughan, Ph.D., professor of history at The Citadel and a scholar in medieval medicine; Peter McCandless, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the Department of History at the College of Charleston; and Charles S. Bryan, M.D., professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and former editor of the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.

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August 7, 2013

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