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The Medical Education Jukebox

   What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of a jukebox? Music? 1950s?  Buddy Holly? The 1950s was a popular time for jukeboxes; however they were in existence long before then. The first “jukebox” dates back to the late 1880s with the invention of “nickel-in-the-slot” machines which were coin operated phonographs. Several people would crowd around a phonograph, insert their nickel, and listen to a song on listening tubes resembling stethoscopes. Albany Medical College also had a jukebox, though not the musical kind. In 1970, the Department of Postgraduate Medicine at Albany Medical College developed the medical education jukebox. The jukebox used slides, printed materials and U.S. Mail to further educate physicians and keep them up to date on the latest medical advances. Although no longer functional, the medical education jukebox is available for viewing on the 3rd floor of the Schaffer Library right outside the Albany Medical College Archives. Stop by the Library to learn more about this fascinating and unique item.

For more information contact: Jessica Watson, MSIS; Archivist; WatsonJ1@amc.edu

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