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Cushing Center Tours

17 May 2011 - 7:56am by Lynn Sette

Have you visited The Cushing Center in the Medical Library yet?

There is much to see and discover in the Cushing Center so we invite you to explore.  Each week we offer two tours: Thursday at 2:00 and Friday at 10:00. The tour lasts about one hour.  There is no need to sign up, just come to the Cushing Center. Take the stairway on the right from the Information Room.

The Cushing Center is arguably as unique as the collection itself.  Named for 1891 Yale College graduate, Harvey Cushing, M.D., the father of modern neurosurgery, the Cushing Center houses more than the 400 jars of patients’ brains and tumors; it also houses a selection from Cushing’s book collection—thousands of first and second editions of every major medical and scientific text from the 11th century through the 18th—and a few of the many books penned by Cushing himself. A body of work whose artistic significance rivals its medical and historic significance, the exhibit also includes Cushing’s skillful surgical illustrations and dramatic black and white portraits of his patients.

In addition to the specimens on display, take time to view the videos, browse the books, open the drawers beneath the exhibit cases, light up the cases to get a better view of some of Dr. Cushing’s most prized books and manuscripts, and fold out the large poster display doors to view reproductions of Cushing’s own artwork, and more.

National Library of Medicine Celebrates its 175th Anniversary

17 May 2011 - 7:51am by Lynn Sette

In 1836, the library of the U.S. Army Surgeon General consisted of a small collection of medical books on one shelf. Today, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world’s largest biomedical library. With some 14 million items in more than 150 languages, it is the worldwide leader in trusted medical and health information and innovation.

But this unique library is about much more than books. Every day it delivers trillions of bytes of data crucial to the lives of millions everywhere. NLM–designed databases and tools lead people to helpful medical literature and health information; help researchers study genes and their role in disease; provide emergency responders with critical information on hazardous substances, and much, much more.

The Library is a leader in biomedical informatics, which is the use of computers and communications technology in biology, medicine, and health. NLM conducts and funds informatics research and trains future generations of scientists and information specialists. It plays an essential role in the development of electronic health records, health data standards, and the exchange of health information.

In 1971, for example, NLM created Medline, an online database of references to the biomedical literature. Completely free access to Medline began in 1997 through PubMed, a new access system.  Today, PubMed/Medline contains over 20 million references to articles published in more than 5,300 current biomedical journals from the U.S. and over 80 foreign countries. It is approaching one billion searches a year from users worldwide.

NLM’s information services and research programs serve the nation and the world by supporting scientific discovery, clinical research, education, health care delivery, public health response, and the empowerment of people to improve personal health.

The Library is committed to the innovative use of computing and communications to enhance effective public access to understanding and discovery in human health. - Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D.,Director, National Library of Medicine

Film Showing at the Medical Library

27 April 2011 - 10:52am by Lynn Sette

If you missed the premiere showing in the Harkness Auditorium in an early April, we invite you to come to the library to view the film about the School of Medicine, created in celebration of the school’s Bicentennial.

The half-hour film, by Emmy Award–winning director and producer Karyl Evans, chronicles the rise of the School of Medicine from its origins as the Medical Institution of Yale College in 1810 to its current incarnation as one of the world’s major centers for biomedical research; clinical care; and the education of physicians, scientists, physician associates, and public health professionals. “Ancient Art, Modern Science” showcases recent advances in research and patient care at Yale and provides a glimpse of things to come as the school enters its third century.

TOXNET

11 April 2011 - 10:07pm by Lynn Sette

TOXNET is a cluster of 16 databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas. It is a rich resource, freely available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Some of the databases include:
HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank)
CCRIS (Chemical Carinogenesis Research Information System)
ITER (International Toxicity Estimates for Risk)
TOXLINE (Toxicology Literature Online)
DART/ETIC (Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology /Environmental Teratology Information Center)
CPDB (Carcinogenic Potency Database)
CTD (Comparative Toxicogenomics Database)

Visit TOXNET: Toxicology Data Network Factsheet to see the full list of databases with information about each database or go directly to TOXNET to begin searching.

Update on Mobile Device Apps

11 April 2011 - 9:33pm by Mark Gentry

New applications and enhancements to old apps are coming faster than ever.  Premium versions of Epocrates and the free Medscape app are now available for Androids.  Versions of popular online resources including AccessMedicine and Stat!Ref are now available for mobile devices.  Micromedex Drug Information is a great new resource available for all Apple devices.  An iPad-optimized UCentral is now available for download.  For more details on these and other mobile device applications, see the “News & Updates” section of our Mobile Device Resources & Information page.

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