Author Biographical Info

The John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center is named after a great patron of medicine and the humanities. John P. McGovern, MD (1921-2007) was recognized internationally as an American physician, researcher, historian, author, philosopher, humanitarian and philanthropist. He was the author or coauthor of twenty-two books and 247 publications, and served as the editor or member of editorial boards of more than twenty scientific journals.

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McGovern Rare Book Collection, Medicine--History, John P. McGovern, books, books » rare books, pamphlets


The McGovern Collection contains over 5,500 titles focused on the development of the medical specialties in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth. There are significant sections on pediatrics, allergy and cardiology. The collection emphasis has been American Imprints and English language materials. There are a small number of titles in French or German from the eighteenth century. See more at RB 005.


Dr. John P. McGovern donated his personal collection of rare and historical book to the Library in 1982. Accruals may occur for this collection. See more at



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