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In this issue:

  • History of the Health Sciences Lecture
  • Dental Education in Videos
  • Resource Spotlight: LWW Health Library Basic Sciences Collection
  • Free recovery apps for mobile devices ...

... and more

Visit the Archives & Special Collections' latest exhibit to learn more about the individuals who became medical terms. On display from September 16 - December 13, 2013 on the Lower Level 2 of the Hammer Health Sciences Building.

For more information contact the Archives & Special Collections at



Due to the recent government shutdown, many websites and databases in healthcare and research have been impacted. Some government websites have been completely shut down and the content is inaccessible, some websites are still operational, but the content is not being updated or maintained, and some are still functioning but with limited staff and therefore may have delays in service. Since the length of the shutdown is unknown, these changes websites are to continue indefinitely.

Websites completely shutdown:

  • eRA Commons*
  • U.S Census Bureau –, FactFinder, and more
  • Education Resources Information Center (ERIC). ERIC can be accessed through EBSCO.
  • National Archives and Records Administration

Websites functional but not maintained or updated:

This means that the websites are accessible, but will not be up to date and may have no customer service support. It also means these websites may not be accepting or not processing submissions (i.e. new clinical trials or NIH Public Access Policy compliance).

In the fall of 1850, the College of Physicians and Surgeons in the City of New York (P&S, later to become Columbia’s medical school) expelled a student named James Parker Barnett for purportedly having “African blood flowing in his veins,” even though Barnett had been attending P&S for two years! What had P&S administrators learned about Barnett?

In the racial environment of antebellum New York, such discrimination might have passed unnoticed. But James Parker Barnett’s father refused to accept his son’s expulsion without a fight...

Years later, during New York City’s Civil War Draft Riots, Barnett would play a small but critical role protecting children at the Colored Orphan Asylum as angry rioters looted and burned down the building.

Bob Vietrogoski, the Head of Special Collections at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and formerly an archivist at the Columbia University Medical Center, has been researching this long-forgotten episode in P&S history for over a decade.  Come learn about 19th century medical education at P&S, antebellum racial thought, the Barnett family and Dr. James McCune Smith, and the events of one of the darkest days in New York City history.

History of Health Sciences Lecture Series
Thursday, October 10 at 6pm preceded with light refreshments at 5:30pm
Russ Berrie Pavilion, 1150 St. Nicholas Ave at West 168th St, Room 2

The LWW Health Library Basic Sciences Collection provides online access to titles such as Clinically Oriented Anatomy, Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy, Grant’s Dissector, Langman’s Medical Embryology, Pulmonary Pathophysiology: The Essentials and many more. The books are accompanied by case descriptions, procedure videos, images, and lecture resources for study preparation.

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