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Curatorial tour of three new exhibits in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:27 -- Andy Hickner

Join us for a tour of 3 fascinating and diverse Medical Library exhibits – The Body as a Machine, Vesalius at 500, and Dangers of Underage Drinking and other Historical Posters. The tour will be led by Melissa Grafe, Librarian for Medical History, and Susan Wheeler, Curator at the Medical Library. As part of the tour, the cases will be opened to view the objects. Please meet at the circulation desk. You may RSVP to or at 203 785-4354.

New Interface for ClinicalKey

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:02 -- Nathan Rupp

A new interface for ClinicalKey will be released on September 23. The new interface will include a cleaner, mobile-friendly design for discovering clinical content on the go. It will also introduce 1,400 topic pages that offer quick access to point-of-care content, including risk factors, treatments, and more.

For further information about the new interface, go to

Electrosurgical in the Operating Room

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:37 -- Andy Hickner

(Post authored by Terry Dagradi)
Cushing operating at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
Cushing operating at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
Photo by Dr. Walter Willard Boyd 1928-32

On October 1, 1926 at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, Harvey Cushing performed an operation—removal of a mass from a patient’s head -- using the first commercial electrosurgical generator developed by to William T. Bovie [1], an engineer employed at Harvard University. The Bovie unit passed high frequency alternating current into the body, allowing the current to cut or coagulate. The device drastically reduced the complications of bleeding during intracranial operations, further reducing the mortality rates during brain surgery. After 88 years this basic device remains a fundamental tool in the practice of surgery.

When Cushing began his surgical career in the early 1900s, brain tumors were considered to be inoperable. At that time the mortality rate for a surgical procedure involving the opening of the skull was around 90%. Cushing dramatically reduced the mortality rate for neurosurgery to less than 10%, and by the time of his retirement from the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1932, he had successfully removed more than 2,000 tumors.[2]

[1] Bovie, WT; Cushing, H (1928). "Electrosurgery as an aid to the removal of intracranial tumors with a preliminary note on a new surgical-current generator". Surg Gynecol Obstet 47: 751–84.


Additional information on Electrosurgery:

Scheduled outage for Medical Library websites - September 8 at 7am

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:56 -- Andy Hickner

The Medical Library websites* will be offline on Monday, September 8 at 7am in order to install the library website's new responsive theme.   We expect service will be restored by 8:00am.  During the maintenance, users will still be able to access key library resources such as PubMed and UpToDate as well as the main Yale University Library website.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.  Please contact Andy Hickner at or 203-785-3969 with any questions or concerns.

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A hands-on practical workshop in Mouse Genome Informatics

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:49 -- Andy Hickner

On October 7 at both Cushing/Whitney Medical Library and West Campus, the Medical Library will sponsor an upcoming workshop in Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI,  MGI is the international, informational database for the laboratory mouse, providing integrated genetic, genomic and biological data to the research community to facilitate the study of human health and disease.  

Click here for further info.  The workshop is free but registration is required.  Register here for the workshop at the Medical Library, and here for the West Campus workshop.  


Tips for new students: Booking study rooms, off-campus access, computing help

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:31 -- Andy Hickner

This week the library welcomes incoming students of the YSM class of 2018.  We felt it was a good time to highlight a couple of pages with useful information for new students:

Welcome, and stay tuned for more helpful tips.

Preview the Medical Library's new responsive website design

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:55 -- Andy Hickner

Medical Library users are invited to explore and test our new responsive website design, which we hope to launch in early September.

The new design is intended to provide users a better experience on devices with smaller screens, while retaining the look and feel of the current design.   The main changes include:

  • Special layouts that adjust based on the width of your browser, making the site easier to read and use on smartphones and tablets; and
  • Eliminating the rollover navigation menus at the top of the current homepage, and the "Inside the Library" section further down the page

Your feedback on the new design is crucial.  Please contact me with any concerns, suggestions or comments.  You can reach me by email at, by phone at 203-785-3969; or in person at room 11 YML B.  

Special Notice: Renovations and noise until September 2nd

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:00 -- Andy Hickner

The Medical Library experienced some water damage on the lower two floors. Teams have jumped into action to repair the damage, however, the noise level in the library will be high between 8:30am and 5pm until September 2nd. The Medical Library will remain open during these renovations and quiet study space may be found in the Historical Library and the Morse Reading Room. The Cushing Center has escaped damage and is open to the public. Please bear with us as we act accordingly to preserve our precious collections and spaces. 


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