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An Exhibition
September 19 – December 12, 2014
Hammer Health Sciences Building, Lower Level 2

Using vintage photographs and original documents from the Library’s Archives & Special Collections, the exhibit chronicles the development of the Medical Center from the first groundbreaking in 1925 through the expansion of the 1980's.

While not all the present buildings at the Medical Center could be included, the exhibit features some of its more notable structures: the original Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (1928-29), which included homes for Presbyterian Hospital, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Babies Hospital, the Neurological Institute, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the School of Nursing; Bard Hall (1931), the first medical school residence hall; the Hammer Health Sciences Building (1976), housing the Health Sciences Library, classrooms and laboratories; and the Milstein Hospital Building (1988), the Medical Center’s primary patient care facility. 

The exhibit is located on Lower Level 2 of the Hammer Building in the Teaching and Learning Center. It is open to everyone holding valid Columbia University or New York-Presbyterian Hospital identification. Those without authorized access who wish to see the exhibition should contact the email address below to make arrangements to view it.

The exhibit was curated by Stephen E. Novak, Head, Archives & Special Collections, at the Health Sciences Library. For further information contact

The Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce access to Scriver’s OMMBID: the Online Metabolic & Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease. OMMBID provides exclusive access to the definitive 4-volume textbook: The Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease.

Features of this online resource:  

  • Stay current with the rapidly changing environment; OMMBID is continually adding supplemental chapters and updates to reflect new developments in the field and the OMMBID blog offers up to 10 post a month from a board of vetted researchers on the latest findings in the field.
  • Improve presentations with thousands of downloadable high-quality full-color images and illustrations on topics including visual diagnosis, research, and procedures. 
  • Quick access to the contributed chapter by the leading geneticist Jean-Marie Saudubray on Clinical Phenotypes: Diagnosis & Algorithms for concise diagnoses and algorithms on specific syndromes and systems.  

Go to Scriver's OMMBID

History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series
with Katherine L. Carroll, Ph.D., Architectural Historian

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Refreshments at 5:30pm, Lecture at 6pm

Russ Berrie Pavilion, Room 2
1150 St. Nicholas Ave at W 168th St

The end of the nineteenth century witnessed the transformation of the American system of medical education. Medical colleges shifted from commercial entities offering repetitious lectures to university-affiliated departments providing hands-on laboratory and clinical training.

Medical educators saw the redesign of the medical school as indivisible from this shift in pedagogy. To meet the new educational standards, medical colleges across the country rebuilt their facilities. In this illustrated lecture architectural historian Katherine L. Carroll, Ph.D., describes the three major medical school types constructed in the first part of the twentieth century. She will explain the significance within this movement of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, which opened in 1928.

More than a discussion of building types and their plans, however, Dr. Carroll argues that the buildings themselves helped to codify and promote specific ideas about modern medicine. What is more, these spaces contributed to the formation of professional identities even before doctors and nurses entered the workforce. Buildings on the medical campus that will be examined include not only the original Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, but also the medical school’s first dormitory, Bard Hall, and the School of Nursing’s Maxwell Hall student residence.

Please join us on Thursday, Oct. 9 in Room 2 of the Russ Berrie Pavilion at 5:30 for refreshments, followed by the lecture at 6pm. The Russ Berrie Pavilion, at St. Nicholas Ave. and West 168th St., is easily reached by the A, C, and 1 subway lines and numerous bus routes. 

The Health Sciences Library will be closed Monday, September 1st for Labor Day. We will reopen Tuesday, September 2nd at 8am and begin regular hours.