The 1960s was known as a time of social upheaval, political protests, and changing cultural norms in the United States. The decade was marked by many movements: the peace movement or anti-war movement, environmental movement, feminist movement, Black and Chicano power movement, sexual liberation, student activism, and a general youth movement. A trend in multi-disciplinary approaches blossomed in this context, including the fields of medicine and health care services.
March is Women's History Month, a good time to recall that though Elizabeth Blackwell - the first woman physician of modern times - obtained her medical degree in 1849, American medicine remained an overwhelmingly male preserve well into the 20th century. While most U.S. medical schools were co-educational by the 1920s, social expectations and professional resistance retarded the entry of women into medicine and slowed their advancement once they began practicing.
Writing With Light: The Photographic Legacy of Elizabeth Wilcox: An Exhibit from Archives & Special Collections
On the centennial of her birth, Archives & Special Collections at the A.C. Long Health Sciences Library is pleased to share a selection of Elizabeth “Libby” Wilcox's Medical Center photos with the Columbia University Medical Center community.
This talk presents a biography of fetal alcohol syndrome/spectrum disorder, tracing its discovery, its public health, medical, and legal ramifications, and its portrayal in the media in terms of race, class, and danger.
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Archives & Special Collections has received a Digital Conversion Micro-Grant from METRO, the New York Metropolitan Library Council. The grant will allow us to complete the digitization of the annual reports of six former or current health care constituents of the Columbia University Medical Center dating from 1920 to the present.
Fifty years ago on November 9, 1965, a massive power failure hit the northeastern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario plunging more than 30 million people into darkness at the start of the evening rush hour.
The Medical Center remained open throughout the crisis, with emergency generators providing limited lighting and allowing one elevator to function. Medical and nursing personnel remained at their posts overnight, and medical and nursing students volunteered to help. No patients were lost and the ER never closed.
We are pleased to announce the return of the 1626 portrait of Sir Kenelm Digby to Archives & Special Collections.
On display now in Lower Level 2 of the Hammer Health Sciences Building is an exhibit of some of the over 150 student notebooks held by Archives and Special Collections at the A.C. Long Health Sciences Library.
New Exhibit: “Exercise is the Best Medicine”: Fitness, Medicine & Health from the 16th to the 20th Century
Archives & Special Collections has a new exhibit tracing the role of fitness in medicine and health over four centuries with an exhibit of rare books, manuscripts, and photographs.