Correspondence, documents, and printed materials relating to the history of Presbyterian Hospital and the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center collected by Albert R. Lamb for use in his history, The Presbyterian Hospital and the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, 1868-1943: A History of a Great Medical Adventure (New York: Columbia University Press, 1955).
There is material on the hospital’s blood bank, social service department, nursing service, semi-private service, unit medical record, and many other aspects. The papers include Allen O. Whipple’s notes on William Halsted’s time at Presbyterian Hospital in the 1880s, Janet Thornton's history of social work at the hospital, as well as an early version of D. Bryson Delavan’s history of the hospital, published in 1926 as The Early Days of Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York.
Some of these records Lamb probably acquired in his role as Attending Physician and President of the Medical Board; others appear to have been given to him by Presbyterian staff and physicians.
In addition, the papers hold Lamb’s 129 page typescript entitled “Behind the Scenes on a Physician’s Last Rounds,” written by him during his retirement, c.1957. In the foreword, Lamb explains that he hopes the work will point out “the advantages, the pleasures, the disappointments and the overall picture…of the profession of medicine” based on his fifty years in the field.