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The Mike Gorman Papers

[Portrait of Mike Gorman]. [ca. 1965].
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Thomas Francis Xavier (Mike) Gorman (1913-1989) was a well-known journalist, author, publicist, and crusader for health policy reform. He won a Lasker Award in 1948 for his newspaper exposés of state mental hospital conditions in Oklahoma, and from 1953 to 1989 directed the National Committee Against Mental Illness, a lobbying and advocacy group. In the 1970s and 1980s he also headed several other advocacy groups, including Citizens for the Treatment of High Blood Pressure and the National Initiative for Glaucoma Control. The National Library of Medicine is the repository for the Mike Gorman Papers, which range from 1946 to 1989. The collection contains speeches, photographs, published and unpublished articles and books, news clippings, correspondence, and reports.

As part of its Profiles in Science project, the National Library of Medicine is digitizing and making available over the World Wide Web a selection of the Mike Gorman Papers, for use by educators and researchers. This Web site provides access to the portions of the Mike Gorman Papers that are now publicly available. Individuals interested in conducting research in the Mike Gorman Papers are invited to contact the National Library of Medicine.

This online Exhibit is designed to introduce you to the various phases of Gorman's career and professional life. It is divided into sections that focus on Gorman's life and major contributions to fostering science and health. We suggest that new visitors begin with this exhibit, which includes a small selection of documents and visuals, organized within these sections. Each section begins with a "Background Narrative," which leads to "Documents" and "Visuals."

Visitors may access additional materials through Search on the navigation bar. They may also view the materials alphabetically or chronologically by choosing Browse on the navigation bar. Documents and visuals in these lists are arranged by format and then either alphabetically by title or chronologically.