This database contains over 6,300 death notices of physicians who were graduates and/or faculty members of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) and which were published in various Columbia University alumni publications up through Fall 2006. Besides P&S graduates and faculty members, there are also entries for recipients of Columbia's Doctor of Medical Science degree (MSD), Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in the biomedical sciences, and Certificate in Psychoanalytical Medicine (PSY).
At present the database includes obituaries from 1909 to 2006 and is updated quarterly. The earliest class represented is 1844.
The entries cover all issues of P&S, the quarterly journal of the Alumni Association of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, from its founding in June 1955 (as the P&S Alumni Association Bulletin) to the present. Also included are death notices appearing in theColumbia Alumni News from 1909-1957.
Most notices, especially those appearing in the Columbia Alumni News, are extremely brief and have been transcribed in their entirety. Entries for longer notices which have been summarized will note that. The journal title, volume and issue number, and date are cited for all entries. In some instances the citation also refers to an obituary appearing inThe New York Times or other newspapers.
Researchers should be aware that many entries, especially those in the Columbia Alumni News, often include nothing but the year of graduation and date of death.