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The first 200 years

An exhibit prepared for Yale's Tercentennial explores the landscape of New Haven medicine from 1701-1901.

Today, medical students attending Yale have access to close to 1,000 full-time faculty members, modern labs and classrooms and a library containing more than 400,000 volumes and journals. It wasn’t always that way. In the early days, according to a description from a medical apprentice at the time, the curriculum was made up of “books on the shelf, the skeleton in the closet, the pestle and the pill-slab in the back room, roaming the forests and fields for roots and herbs, and following astride … the horse which was honored with the saddlebags.”How the medical school got started was the subject of Medicine at Yale, 1701-1901, the first in a series of exhibits at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library in...

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