Archive for 2018

Victoria Johnson Speaks on Dr. David Hosack and His Garden, Dec. 3

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The Columbia University Health Sciences Library is pleased to host Victoria Johnson on December 3 at 6pm when she’ll speak about Columbia professor David Hosack (1769-1837), one of the great scientists and physicians of the early United States.  Johnson’s talk is drawn from her new book American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic, which was named a Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Non-Fiction.

Classic Anatomical Text Digitized by Health Sciences Library

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The Health Sciences Library’s copy of Paolo Mascagni’s Vasorum Lymphaticorum Corporis Humani Historia et Ichnographia [The Lymphatic Vessels of the Human Body: Research and Illustrations], a landmark work in the history of anatomy, has recently been digitized. It can be accessed through its catalog record in CLIO, the Columbia University Library’s online catalog, or directly in the Medical Heritage Library.

The Art of Anatomy: Medical Illustration at the Medical Center, 1920-1990

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Archives & Special Collections of the A.C. Long Health Sciences Library is pleased to present a new exhibit, The Art of Anatomy: Medical Illustration at the Medical Center, 1920-1990. The show highlights the artistry and creativity of the talented illustrators employed at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (now the Columbia University Irving Medical Center) during the 20th century.

“This is a Christian institution and we will tolerate no Jews here”: The Brooklyn Interns Hazing Episodes of 1916 & 1927: Lecture, October 10

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Join us on Wednesday, October 10 at 6pm when Dr. Edward Halperin kicks off the 2018/19 History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series with “This is a Christian institution and we will tolerate no Jews here”: The Brooklyn Interns Hazing Episodes of 1916 & 1927.

Play Ball!

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Archives & Special Collections recently received a delightful and interesting donation: a scorecard for the 1935 Presbyterian Hospital baseball team.  Four pages long and measuring 10” by 7 ½”, it’s more substantial than these items tend to be and it contains a surprising amount of information for such an ephemeral piece.

Nursing School Alumni Magazine Now Available Online

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Archives & Special Collections at the Columbia University Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce the digitization of the Quarterly Magazine, the publication of the Columbia University-Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association.  The issues included date from 1906, when the magazine was established, through 1952 with the exception of the 1922-26 volumes which were too fragile to digitize.

“In A Most Dirty and Deranged Condition…” – the P&S Library in 1837

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The College of Physicians & Surgeons (now the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons) moved uptown in 1837 to Crosby St. after having been located on Barclay St. near City Hall for almost a quarter century.  Along with its anatomical museum and chemical apparatus, the medical school also brought its library with it to its new home.   Perhaps motivated by the new surroundings, recent P&S graduate Nelson Shook, Class of 1835, agreed to undertake – for free – an inventory and reshelving of the library’s contents.

Mary Sherwood and the Struggle for Women's Medical Education

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The story of American women’s efforts to become physicians is well-known and has been often told: Elizabeth Blackwell’s graduation from the Geneva Medical College in 1849  -- the first woman to receive a medical degree; the founding of the first women’s medical college, the New England Female Medical College in 1848; the opening of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a coeducational institution in 1893, and so on.