Penn Nursing's Cynthia Connolly Wins Prestigious Book Award

Penn Nursing's Cynthia Connolly Wins Prestigious Book Award

American Public Health Association Cites 'Outstanding Contributions to the History of Public Health'

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Cynthia Connolly, PhD, RN, PNP, Penn Nursing Associate Professor, LDI Senior Fellow and award-winning book author.

A new book about pediatric drug policies and practices authored by University of Pennsylvania Nursing School Associate Professor of Advocacy Cynthia Connolly has been selected for a distinguished literary award by the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Connolly, PhD, RN, PNP, has won the APHA's Arthur J. Viseltear Prize for her work published by Rutgers University Press earlier this year: Children and Drug Safety: Balancing Risk and Protection in Twentieth Century America.

Pediatric drug safety
The judging committee found that the book's story of the "politics of pediatric drug safety and the making of invasive drug markets addresses a critical gap in public health histories of childhood and contributes to ongoing debates in the US on prescriptions and the role of experts."

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Connolly's new book

According to the publisher, the 260-page book "traces the development, use, and marketing of drugs for children in the twentieth century, a history that sits at the interface of the state, business, health care providers, parents, and children. Connolly's work illuminates the historical dimension of a clinical and policy issue with great contemporary significance -- many of the drugs administered to children today have never been tested for safety and efficacy in the pediatric population."

The award, which honors the memory of the late Yale medical historian Arthur Viseltear, will be presented during the November APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego.

'Outstanding contributions'
An LDI Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Nursing School's Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, Connolly is cited by the APHA for "outstanding contributions to the history of public health through a recent book." She is also co-faculty Director of Penn's Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice and Research.

"My research is situated at the junctures of history, public health policy, and clinical practice," Connolly said in a statement acknowledging the award. "I am particularly proud to receive this award from APHA because public health and social justice issues are so inextricably intertwined."

Connolly is also the author of the 2008 Rutgers University Press book, Saving Sickly Children: The Tuberculosis Preventorium in American Life, 1909-1970.