Dr. Madson and Dr. Gevitz

(Pictured L-R) Dr. Robyn Madson and Dr. Norman Gevitz share a photo following his presentation in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite.

Dr. Robyn Madson, founding dean of the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine, welcomed Dr. Norman Gevitz, professor of history and sociology of medicine and vice president of academic affairs at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Mo., to UIW on March 18. Gevitz gave a presentation on the history and relevance of osteopathic medicine in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite.

Author of “The D.O.s: Osteopathic Medicine in America,” Gevitz is a medical historian who has written numerous books and papers on the history of medicine in the U.S. and England. He has served as an educator, researcher and leader for more than 30 years in both private and public institutions, including the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

“Osteopathic practice is consummate with Catholic social justice,” said Gevitz, “producing physicians with a full scope of practice developed over many years who work with the underserved. Osteopathic medicine is about treating the whole person.”

UIW’s School of Osteopathic Medicine is set to open in 2016.