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Hammer Health Sciences Center, Lower Level 2 September 16, 2016 – January 6, 2017

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.

From these somewhat unpromising beginnings grew a school renowned for teaching, research, and service.  Merger with the older College of Dental and Oral Surgery of New York in 1923 brought it additional students and faculty and five years later it joined Columbia’s other health science schools on the new campus of what was then called the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.  Its motto, “Primus Inter Pares” or “First Among Equals” announced its intention to be second to none among American dental schools.

Archives & Special Collections of the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit on

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.

More than three million soldiers fought in the war from 1861-1865. More than half a million died, and almost as many were wounded but survived. Hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery, which