Primary Sources

New Samuel Bard Manuscript Acquired

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The Health Sciences Library has recently acquired a manuscript by Samuel Bard (1742-1821), a founder of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and a prominent early American physician.  The 20-page handwritten document is the text of an unpublished commencement address given by Bard to the graduates of the College, probably in about 1818.

AROUSED: Randi Epstein Speaks on Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything, March 28

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The Columbia University Health Sciences Library is pleased to host author Randi Epstein on March 28 when she’ll speak about her newest book, AROUSED: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything (W.W. Norton, 2018).

Before the Medical Center: Former Homes of the CUIMC Constituents

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The current Columbia University Irving Medical Center opened in 1928 but all its constituent members had a previous existence – some, as in the case of the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons (VP&S), dating back to the 18th century.  The Health Sciences Library’s new exhibit, Before the Medical Center: Former Homes of CUIMC Constituents, displays vintage photographs of the earlier homes of these institutions including P&S, Presbyterian Hospital, Babies Hospital (now Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital), the Neurological Institute of New York, and other schools and h

Many Archival Collections Inaccessible January to Mid-March

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Due to construction in the archives stacks, much of our collection will be off-site and inaccessible from January 7 into mid-March.  Even that part of the collection remaining on-site may be inaccessible at times depending on the construction schedule.  Those wishing to access our holdings during this period should contact Archives & Special Collections staff at hslarchives@columbia.edu for more information. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Photo by Elizabeth Wilcox, 1962.

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.