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  • Civil War Medicine - New Exhibit in Hammer
  • Medical Heritage Library Gets New Grant from NEH
  • CLIO Beta Now Official
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Last week the National Endowment for the Humanities announced an award funding the newest Medical Heritage Library digitization project. The Archives & Special Collections along with the medical libraries of Yale, Harvard and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia will partner to create a freely accessible digital collection of American medical journals published between 1797 and 1923. Columbia will provide 25% of the estimated 1,840 total volumes.

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Eric R. Kandel, MD
University Professor & Kavli Professor of Brain Science in Neuroscience

The age of insight: The quest to understand the unconscious in art, mind, and brain, from Vienna 1900 to the present
New York: Random House, 2012. (Get book through CLIO)

John M. Saroyan, MD FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Pain Management and Palliative Care in Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Associate Medical Director, Pediatric Pain Medicine and Palliative Care College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Director, Pediatric Advanced Care Team Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian


Nomita Sonty, MPhil, PhD
Associate clinical professor
Director, Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pain and Palliative Care
Department of Anesthesiology Columbia University Medical Center

“Scratching” beneath the surface: An integrative psychosocial approach to pediatric pruritus and pain.
Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.  January 2012, Volume 17, Issue (1) pages 33-47. (Get article from PubMed)

March 5 - May 18, 2012
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Archives & Special Collections is pleased to announce a new exhibit, "Civil War Medicine," commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Using original books, medical journals, letters, and documents, the exhibit tells how American medicine coped with the greatest war in our nation's history with total casualties of 620,000.

As one scholar noted, the Civil War took place during "the very last years of the medical middle ages." When war broke out in 1861, the bacteriological revolution of Pasteur, Lister, and Koch was still a decade away. The usual medical practice of bleeding the patient and of dosing him with massive quantities of calomel and antimony probably did more harm than good. Overall mortality for the sick and wounded was about 53% in the Union Army, perhaps higher among Confederates.

On display are the 1st U.S. edition of Florence Nightingale's "Notes on Nursing," which had a beneficial influence on American military hospital practice; "The Hand-Book for the Military Surgeon" (1861), an important work for Union army surgeons by Charles Tripler, an 1827 P&S graduate; Louisa May Alcott's "Hospital Sketches" (1863), recounting her experiences as an army nurse in Washington; and an original 1864 contract in which David Webb Hodgkins (P&S 1863) signed up to be a surgeon in the U.S. Army for $100 a month.

For more information, contact the exhibit curator, Stephen Novak, at