Archive for 2016

Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War on Display at the Knowledge Center, Sept. 19-Nov. 5

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The Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library is pleased to host Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War, a traveling exhibition from the National Library of Medicine.

The perspectives of surgeons, physicians, and nurses are richly documented in the history of Civil War medicine, which highlights the heroism and brutality of battlefield operations and the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime. Yet the experiences of injured soldiers during the conflict and in the years afterwards are less well-known.

“First Among Equals”: The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, 1916-2016 – A Centennial Exhibit

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The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine opened a century ago this fall with two students sharing cramped quarters with the medical school.  It was only the fourth university-affiliated dental school in the country.

Cowper's 1737 "Anatomy of Humane Bodies" Digitized

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Archives & Special Collections at the A. C. Long Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce the digitization of another of our classic anatomy texts, this time the 2nd  (1737) edition of William Cowper’s The Anatomy of Humane Bodies (and, no, that’s not a typo but rather a variant 18th century spelling of “human”).  It can be seen here:

Michael R. McGarvey and Medical Student Activism

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The 1960s was known as a time of social upheaval, political protests, and changing cultural norms in the United States. The decade was marked by many movements: the peace movement or anti-war movement, environmental movement, feminist movement, Black and Chicano power movement, sexual liberation, student activism, and a general youth movement. A trend in multi-disciplinary approaches blossomed in this context, including the fields of medicine and health care services.

Hattie Alexander, a Medical Woman Pioneer at CUMC

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March is Women's History Month, a good time to recall that though Elizabeth Blackwell - the first woman physician of modern times - obtained her medical degree in 1849, American medicine remained an overwhelmingly male preserve well into the 20th century.  While most U.S. medical schools were co-educational by the 1920s, social expectations and professional resistance retarded the entry of women into medicine and slowed their advancement once they began practicing.

Writing With Light: The Photographic Legacy of Elizabeth Wilcox: An Exhibit from Archives & Special Collections

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On the centennial of her birth, Archives & Special Collections at the A.C. Long Health Sciences Library is pleased to share a selection of Elizabeth “Libby” Wilcox's Medical Center photos with the Columbia University Medical Center community.