Ridge Library Collection

The Ridge collection is a special collection of monographs, serials, and and audio/visual materials that represent the interdisciplinary scholarship of the medical humanities. The core collection contains approximately 1,200 volumes and will expand annually by 150 to 200 additions.

A generous gift has enabled Institute of Medicine and Humanities to begin a collection, specific to the medical humanities, books and journals. The Ridge collection is housed, along with its medical collections, in The Learning Center at St. Patrick Hospital. Visitors also have computer access to the library webpage with its links to topical resources on the Internet.

The Ridge Library is open to the public Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm at 500 W Broadway, street level. For more information about the library, visit the Learning Center website.

The Ridge Library collection is available for online browsing through the Mansfield Library at the University of Montana for those with Mansfield Library access. 

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Ridge Collection Recommendations


Tobacco: a cultural history of how an exotic plant seduced civilization 

(SB 273 G29 2002 @RIDGE)

Tobacco is a driving economic force across the world and has been since the days of European colonization. This book describes the history of tobacco, it’s cultural use in medicine and religious ceremonies and its trade impact across the world from ancient to modern times and how it influenced the settling and development of America.

Being Mortal

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End 

(WB 310 G284b 2014 @RIDGE c.2)

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.  [From Amazon]


Dana Kopp, MLS, AHIP
Medical Librarian
Providence St. Patrick Hospital
500 W Broadway
Missoula, Montana 59802