Rima Apple

Rima D. Apple

Vilas Life Cycle Professor Emerita
Consumer Science Department

Rima D. Apple, Ph.D., is Vilas Life Cycle Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.  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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New York University, B.A.(Mathematics), 1965
University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A.(History of Science), 1974
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D.(History of Medicine), 1981


Gender and Women’s Studies Program
Science and Technology Studies Program
Department of Medical History and Bioethics

“’Women’s mission among women’: Unacknowledged origins of public health nursing,” Nursing History Review, 2018, 26: 55-67

“School health is community health: School nursing in the early 20th century in the United States,” History of Education Review, 2017, 46 (2): 136-149

“Public nursing in rural Wisconsin: Stretched beyond health instruction,” Nursing Rural America: Perspectives from the Early 20th Century, ed. John Kirchgessner and Arlene Keeling      (Springer, 2015), pp. 21-38

“Medicalization of motherhood: Modernization and resistance in an international context,” Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, Spring/summer 2014, 5 (10: 115-126)