Archive for 2017

130 Years of Sloane Hospital

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On December 29, 1887, opening ceremonies were held for New York City's newest medical wonder, the Sloane Maternity Hospital.  Established with a generous gift from William and Emily Thorn Vanderbilt Sloane, the building cost slightly over $156,000 to build and equip.  The couple were emulating an earlier gift by Emily's father, William Henry Vanderbilt, who in 1885 had given to the College of Physicians & Surgeons (P&S) $300,000 and most of the block lying between 59th & 60th Streets, Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, on which to build a new home.  At the time, it was the largest

“P&S” 1767-2017: 250 Years of the College of Physicians and Surgeons -- New Exhibit on Display in Hammer Building

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“P&S” 1767-2017: 250 Years of the College of Physicians and Surgeons tells the story of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, which opened 250 years ago this November.

Selections from the Steinhardt Instrument Collection Now on Display at the Knowledge Center

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Archives & Special Collections is pleased to announce a new exhibit, Selections from the Steinhardt Instrument Collection, now on display in the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library’s Knowledge Center on the lobby level of the Hammer Building.

Dorothy H. Andersen: A Women's History Month Profile

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Even among the many significant medical women who worked at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in the mid-20th century, Dr. Dorothy H. Andersen stands out.  Her 1938 article “Cystic Fibrosis of the Pancreas and its Relation to Celiac Disease” in the American Journal of Diseases of Children was the first to correctly identify the disease. During her lifetime, Andersen became the country’s leading cystic fibrosis researcher and, along with her colleague Paul Sant’ di Agnese (P&S 1948), she later created the first tests to diagnose the disease.

"The Health of Humanity": 125 Years of the Columbia University School of Nursing, 1892-2017

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The Columbia University School of Nursing opened 125 years ago this May with 16 students housed in an unused hospital ward. Then called the Presbyterian Hospital Training School for Nurses, it soon became known as one of the best in the country.

Nancy Tomes Speaks on the "Informed" Patient, March 9th

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The Health Sciences Library is pleased that Nancy Tomes, SUNY Distinguished Professor of History at Stony Brook University, will speak on "Nuisance or Necessity? Historical Perspectives on the ‘Informed’ Patient" this March 9th as part of the Library's History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series.