No study dealing with the genesis of formal medical education in any portion of the United States has been attempted in depth in contemporary times. Blanton in Medicine in Virginia and Matas in his History of Louisiana have touched lightly upon it in these respective states. Byron Stookey's history, a companion piece to The Presbyterian Hospital prepared by Albert R. Lamb, and the History of the School of Nursing of the PresbyterianHospital, New York, 1892-1942 by Eleanor Lee, enables us to better understand the historical development of medical education in New York and especially the School of Medicine of Columbia University from colonial days to the present. Stookey, formerly professor of neurological surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, has delved into source documents: letters, proceedings of the General Assembly of the colony of New York, pamphlets, petitions, and laws of the state of New York.
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