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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.

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.