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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series.
This collection consists of the production and administrative files of the national Pre-Med Journal published in the 1960s. The journal included articles from practitioners about their fields of medicine avoiding technical issues: doctor/patient relationships and careers in pharmacology, psychiatry, surgery. There are also articles about medical school admissions (numbers, interview policies, issues for women applicants), life in medical school (the second year) and information about the pre-medical advisory system at Columbia College.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
There are no restrictions on this collection.
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Pre-Med journal records; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Selected Related Material at Columbia
Published issues of the Pre-Med journal (1946, 1960-1970) are available at the Health Sciences Library, Special Collections.
No additions are expected
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
This collection was processed by Joanna Rios. Finding aid written by Joanna Rios in February 2018.
2018-02-14 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Pre-Med Society of Columbia College first published a journal in 1942. Publication of this journal, featuring articles by medical professionals and Columbia students, was suspended during the rest of the World War II, resuming publication in 1946. This first version of publication ended around 1957. In 1961, the Pre-Med journal was reintroduced. The second run of the journal was supported by a grant from the pharmaceutical company Merck, Sharp and Dohme. Along with the new funding, the journal had a wider audience: it was available in 280 college campuses across the country. The journal addressed issues in the field of medicine from practicing physicians and aimed to help students plan their medical careers. Students in the Pre-Med Society requested submissions and reprints, edited content, and managed the publication. Pre-Med was published three times a year and ran from 1960 to 1970.