Disaster Medicine Exhibit Opens Feb. 3

January 29, 2009 — "Between One Minute and the Next: The Halifax Explosion" opens Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. The exhibit focuses on disaster medicine as told in the story of the Halifax Explosion of 1917 that killed some 2,000 people and left more than 9,000 injured and homeless just hours before a blizzard hit.

The disaster, caused by two ships accidentally colliding in "The Narrows" section of the Halifax Harbour, is still the world's largest man-made accidental explosion, according to Wikipedia.

The exhibit is part of the "Reflection" series, begun in 2007-08 and continuing this year.

"The series focuses on social and cultural aspects of health and illness — sometimes quirky, often surprising," said Addeane Caelleigh, curator of the series, a joint project of the Medical School and the Health Sciences Library.

Exhibits are displayed in the library for six weeks. However, the Web versions of the exhibits are permanent and more extensive, Calleigh said. Past exhibits in the series are online.