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.