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This is a FREE resource designed to support the medical profession in their care of women – made possible by over 750 expert clinicians who are generously providing their contributions without any remuneration and by the publishers who have paid personally for the creation of this site in the memory of their daughter, Abigail.

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David G.T Bloomer   Paula Bloomer
David G.T Bloomer   Paula Bloomer

Name: David G.T Bloomer

David Bloomer is the Founder and Publisher of The Global Library of Women's Medicine –and together with his wife, Paula, he has funded the whole program personally from its earliest planning stages to the present day.

After studying law at Oxford and qualifying as a Barrister-at-law, David has spent nearly all his professional life in medical publishing, founding his first publishing company in 1969 – and later founding The Parthenon Publishing Group which, from its offices in London and New York, published peer review journals and medical textbooks ranged across the whole field of medicine but with a special focus on women’s health.

Since retiring from the business in 2004, David has sought to make use of his long experience to explore new ways of sharing medical knowledge, particularly in those parts of the world where traditional methods of publishing are handicapped by distribution challenges and cost considerations. In 2006 he published the first ever textbook on postpartum hemorrhage which was specifically targeted for use in those parts of the world where this condition is a major cause of maternal mortality – and since then almost 15,000 copies have been given away free to doctors in many parts of the developing world, this distribution being helped in part by generous donations from a number of supporters. Additionally, the full text of the book has been made available online, freely downloadable.

It was following this experience that David met with Professor John J Sciarra, whom he had known for many years, and discussed the magnificent six-volume textbook Gynecology & Obstetrics that Professor Sciarra had edited for almost thirty years but which modern technology was putting out of print (even though it was by then available in a CD ROM format). David saw the potential value for this as a free online asset that could be permanently updated and expanded, becoming the centrepiece of a whole library of reliable and expert information related to women’s health and provided free of charge to medical professionals around the world. Additional elements could be added at will and even the users could have the option to comment and contribute under careful peer review conditions – thus offering unrivalled opportunities for truly sharing validated and worthwhile knowledge.

Following detailed and immensely constructive discussions with Professor Sciarra the plan emerged to create The Global Library of Women's Medicine. Professor Sciarra generously agreed to use his expert understanding of the field and his lifelong experience as a pioneering medical editor to act as Editor-in-Chief of the whole program, convincing the hundreds of expert authors involved to provide their contributions free in order to enable the program itself to be offered universally free to all users. And David and his wife agreed to fund all the development costs of the project and also its first two years of operation in order to ensure that it became a reality, forming a not-for- profit Foundation to be responsible for the ongoing management of the whole project.

Since its launch at the end of 2008 The Global Library of Women's Medicine has grown rapidly and many other distinguished clinicians have already generously volunteered important additional contributions to the program free of charge, such as textbooks on fistula surgery and preconceptional medicine, diagnostic atlases of ultrasound, endoscopy and endometriosis and teaching aids in the form of slide programs and surgical videos.

David manages The Global Library of Women's Medicine from his base in the UK, supported by a very able team of editors and computer programmers. The project is being continuously expanded and increased emphasis is currently being given to the needs of less resourced countries, with a committee recently established to explore new initiatives in this regard. Since the site is entirely free to all users, accepts no advertising and has no commercial objectives, David and Paula are now actively looking for supporters to assist in financing the Foundation so that it can continue to run and to expand this unique initiative in global medical education.

Name: Paula Bloomer

Paula Bloomer was the Financial Director of The Parthenon Publishing Group for twenty years and has had extensive experience of medical publishing both in Europe and North America. Having encountered the difficulties of distributing medical books and journals to many other parts of the world - and also their unaffordability to many medical professionals in those areas - she sees GLOWM as a way of addressing these issues.

She has also developed a special interest in the needs of less resourced countries, especially in regard to the provision of practical medical information that appropriately reflects the differing circumstances that healthcare workers encounter in various local settings. But she believes firmly that to be of real value all material offered must meet the same peer-review standards employed throughout the site . She is actively involved with the daily work of The Global Library of Women's Medicine and is a member of its Committee for Less Resourced Countries.

When not working on this program Paula also plays an active role with the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies locally, enjoys gardening and - most of all - her grandchildren.