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The Health Sciences Library expects to be open regular hours (8am - 8pm) Friday, January 3rd. 

Up to date information related to the winter storm's impact on CUMC operations can be found at the Columbia Preparedness website ( and the CUMC homepage ( CUMC specific information is also available at 212-305-7300.

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Come learn how to access full-text articles and point-of-care information available from Columbia University subscriptions through apps on your mobile device. These classes are are offered by operating system (ie Apple's iOS or Google's Android system) and registration is requested.

iOS (Apple devices)
Tuesday, January 14th, 2pm - sign up and review the pre-class steps

Android (Google devices)
Wednesday, January 15th, 10am - sign up and review the pre-class steps (1-15-2014 Update: Canceled due to low registration numbers)

In this issue:

  • New rare manuscript acquisition
  • 2014 journal collection changes
  • Tips for wireless troubleshooting
  • Apps that will help you stay focused

... and more

The Health Sciences Library's winter holiday schedule will start December 20th and normal hours will resume January 2nd.

Open 8am - 6pm, December 20th
Closed December 21st - 22nd
Open 8am - 6pm, December 23rd
Closed December 24th -  25th
Open 8am - 6pm, December 26th - 27th
Closed December 28th - 29th
Open 8am - 6pm, December 30th
Closed December 31st - January 1st

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December 23rd - Jan 2nd patrons interested in visiting the Archives & Special Collections should call in advance. (212) 305-7931

The Health Sciences Library has recently acquired a manuscript by Samuel Bard (1742-1821), a founder of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a prominent early American physician.The 17-page handwritten document is the original text of his Discourse on the Importance of Medical Education, an address delivered by Bard at the College of Physicians and Surgeons on November 4, 1811, and published the next year.

Bard’s speech to the P&S students just over 200 years ago urged them to study with “persevering industry and well directed labour” and pointed out that while a medical student must “receive the instructions of his teachers” he also “must see, and handle, and examine for himself.”

Although Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library owns several Bard letters, this is the first manuscript by Samuel Bard to enter the holdings of the Health Sciences Library’s Archives & Special Collections. The manuscript, which is in excellent condition, was recently purchased from an antiquarian book dealer.

Samuel Bard studied first at King’s (now Columbia) College before receiving his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1765.  He was one of six physicians of New York City who in 1767 persuaded King’s College to establish a medical school, now the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the second oldest in the United States. Bard served as its dean and professor of medicine until its closure in 1776 due to the War for Independence and, after the newly renamed Columbia College revived the school in 1791, he served first as dean and later as president of the college until his death.  Bard Hall, the college’s main residence hall, is named for him.

Besides his involvement with the medical school, Bard was one of the founders in 1771 of New York Hospital, now part of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the primary teaching hospital of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

When New York City served as capital of the U.S., Bard served as physician to President George Washington and successfully performed a dangerous operation to remove a carbuncle that threatened the Washington’s life.  Bard later retired to his country estate on the Hudson, “Hyde Park,” which would later give its name to the town made famous as the home of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Contact the Archives & Special Collections for more information.

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Samuel Bard    Bard manuscript  

Samuel Bard (1742-1821)