Oct. 21, 2012 – January 11, 2013
Hammer Health Sciences Center, Lower Level 2
The Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library at the Columbia University Medical Center is pleased to present “Mirroring Medicine,” an exhibition of medical-themed medals from the collection of Dr. Ira Rezak, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. More than 275 items from 30 countries are on display dating from the 3rd to the 21st centuries. Besides being curious, rare, and informative, the medals displayed are often works of fine art in their own right.
Dr. Rezak’s medical medal collection, formed over 50 years, is one of the most important in private hands. It includes coins, tokens, amulets and votives, badges, prizes, decorations, plaquettes (rectangular medals), medallions (medals for walls), as well as medals proper. The collection encompasses medicine in its broadest sense: medals relating to nursing, dentistry, hospitals, medical education, public health, pharmacy, and physical rehabilitation are all on display. Other topics represented by items in the show include disaster relief, blood transfusion, religion and medicine, alternative medicine, and the role of water in health.