New Acquisitions: Posters on Social Justice and Medicine by Rachael Romero

19 June 2015 - 11:09am -- Susan Wheeler

Sterilization poster

The Medical Historical Library has recently acquired a collection of twenty-nine posters and digital works on themes of social justice and health care by artist/activist Rachael Romero.  Many works date from 1975 to 1982 and were created by Ms. Romero for the San Francisco Poster Brigade which she co-founded.   Originally displayed on city streets—often on the sides of buildings—the posters bear messages such as “Decent Housing is a Basic Right.” and “Preventive Medicine, Not Costly Operations.”

Documented in the collection is “The Fight for the International Hotel,” which became a local cause cèlébre in 1976-78 when the hotel which provided low cost accommodations and community was threatened by, and subsequently razed for, development. 

Two recent original digital works reflect Ms. Romero’s personal odyssey through diagnosis and treatment of a brain tumor.

Ovid Personal and proxy server accounts briefly unavailable tomorrow, June 22

16 June 2015 - 9:18am -- Andy Hickner

The Ovid Personal Edition System and the Proxy server account pages will be down tomorrow morning (Tuesday, June 22)  at 7:15 and will be unavailable until 7:45.  During this time, users will be temporarily unable to request a proxy account or password reminder.  Access to Ovid Personal login will also be unavailable.  

QIAGEN Clinical Insight®: new tool for clinical labs interpreting and reporting on genomic variants

9 June 2015 - 1:30pm -- Rolando Garcia-Milian

QUIAGEN has announced the launching of its new tool Clinical Insight® (QCI)  for interpreting and reporting on genomic variant resulting from next-generation sequencing.  According to this company, the new tool can classify variant, identify treatment options, and perform geographical clinical trial matching. QCI has been evaluated in collaboration with Emory University School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, among 50 other groups.  Clinical Insight® for Somatic Cancer provides clinical decision support for routine somatic cancer testing laboratories. QUIAGEN’s knowledge base contains millions of expert-curated biomedical finding and mutations from the literature and public databases that is used to build up-to-date pathways and networks related to diseases and drugs. The Cushing/Whitney Medical library provides access to two concurrent seats of QUIAGEN’s Ingenuity Pathway Analysis.

For questions on accessing IPA or any other knowledge based product (MetaCore, BIOBASE, etc.) through the medical library, please contact Rolando Milian


Medical Historical Librarian profiled in Yale Medicine

5 June 2015 - 1:26pm -- Andy Hickner

Medical Historical Librarian Melissa Grafe is featured in the latest issue of Yale Medicine

Now, Grafe pursues her interests in medical education and the history of medicine at work every day. As director of the Medical Historical Library, she helps students and scholars navigate its collections, housed within the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. She curates exhibits that showcase materials from the library’s more than 140,000 volumes, as well as thousands of manuscripts, drawings, prints, incunabula, and other items spanning every era of medical history. Recent exhibits range from the 16th-century anatomical drawings of Vesalius, some of which incorporate an ingenious lift-the-flap design not unlike what we see in children’s books today, to 1970s-era Technicolor posters highlighting the dangers of excessive drinking.

Read more here

Cushing Center featured in Atlas Obscura

18 May 2015 - 5:20pm -- Andy Hickner

On May 30, the Cushing Center will be one of the destinations for Obscura Day.  Obscura Day will include "more than 150 events in 39 states and 25 countries, all on a single day, and all designed to celebrate the world's most curious and awe-inspiring places."  Other Obscura Day destinations will include the ghost towns of Chernobyl, Mayan ruins in Mexico, and Pasadena's Bunny Museum, to name just a few.

A recent article published by Atlas Obscura features some newly digitized images from the Cushing Tumor Registry:

2013-2014 Annual Report now online

7 May 2015 - 1:23pm -- Andy Hickner

(by John Gallagher, Interim Director)

On behalf of the staff of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, I’m honored to present this year’s Annual Report. Whether supporting the clinical, research, or educational goals of users, the Library seeks to be an essential and valued research partner.

This report highlights a wide range of activities and accomplishments, including:

  • The diverse roles librarians have played in the clinical setting
  • A 10% increase in the University’s overall compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, thanks in part to Library support
  • The acquisition or licensing of new resources and collections
  • Librarian assistance with videos for the new Yale School of Medicine (YSM) flipped curriculum
  • A systematic review service supporting the publication of many articles, several of which listed librarians as coauthors
  • The Library’s formal designation as a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre
  • Delivery of Library services, resources, and expertise to Yale School of Nursing (YSN)’s new home on West Campus
  • Facility upgrades in study spaces provided by the Library
  • Record use of the Library’s world-class historical collections in classes, exhibits, and research
  • The addition of Finn, a therapy dog, who visited the Library most Fridays

And more!

All of us at the Medical Library share a deep sense of pride in this year’s accomplishments, and it is with optimism and enthusiasm that we look forward to supporting and serving our users in the coming year.


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