Archive for College of Physicians and Surgeons

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“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.

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