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Access to American Hospital Association (AHA) Data

July 3, 2023 - 10:22am by Kaitlin Throgmorton

Access to American Hospital Association (AHA) Data After years of requests for American Hospital Association (AHA) data, the Medical and Marx libraries at Yale have made access to this important U.S. hospital data available for all Yale affiliates. Containing multiple decades of annual survey and supplemental datasets, this data resource provides information about U.S. hospitals' organizational structure, service lines, utilization, finances, insurance and payment models, and staffing, enabling peer comparisons, market analysis, and health services research. To access AHA data, create an account on the platform, Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), with your yale.edu email address. To learn more about how to get started, consult this research guide. If you already have a WRDS account, access AHA data now. Quick facts about AHA Data: 40+ years annual hospital survey data, dating back to 1980 1,000+ data points about U.S. hospitals for each survey year In addition to survey results, additional hospital data has been curated by AHA, including data and information from government sources, hospital accrediting bodies, and other organizations as well as AHA's financial database Beyond the data itself, WRDS features include a query builder, manuals, data dictionaries, documentation, and more to facilitate data use  

Fellowships Awarded for Research

June 16, 2023 - 3:27pm by Melissa Grafe

We are pleased to announce awards for our first Ferenc Gyorgyey/Stanley Simbonis YSM’57 Research Travel Grants since 2019, to two recipients, Michael Ortiz (Harvard University) and Jiemin (Tina) Wei (Harvard University). Ortiz’s proposed project, “American Nature: Life and Political Community in Post-Reconstruction United States, 1877-1927,” shifts the debate on citizenship away from strictly legal and social conceptions, focusing on a new concept of biological citizenship, a consequence of developments in the life sciences, that was operationalized in everyday society. As part of his research at the Medical Historical Library, Ortiz will examine holdings that reflect the cultural life of medical knowledge, such as the Cancer “Cures” Collection and the Medical Trade Card Collection; the Bert Hansen Collection of Medicine and Public Health in Popular Graphic Art; and the William Helfand collection of medical ephemera, as well as archival collections in Sterling Library. Wei’s project,” Ameliorating Fatigue at Work: Workplace-Management, Mind-Body Medicine, and Self-Help for Industrial Fatigue in the U.S., 1910s-1940s” asks not how stress came to be, but how stress-adjacent disorders and the worker came to be subsumed as such under scientific investigation. Wei aims to rethink received notions about the relationship between work, fatigue, and its resolution, particularly focusing on the mediating role played by emergent or evolving scientific subdisciplines at the turn-of-the-century. During her research at the Library, Wei plans to examine the Harvey Cushing papers, Stanley B. Burns, M.D., historic medical photography collection, Pamphlets on public health issued by state government agencies, 1905-1942, and the Spa and Mineral Waters Collection, as well as archival collections in Sterling Library. The Medical Library also awarded its inaugural Stanley B. Burns M.D. Fellowship for the Study of Medical Photographic History to Amadeus Harte (Princeton University). Harte’s project, “How Medical Images Produce Objectivity,” investigates how historical medical images were used to designate objective ideas of "normal" and "pathological" physiology cross-culturally. Please join us in congratulating our newest cohort of fellows at the Medical Historical Library!

Upcoming Space Enhancements in the Morse and Historical Library Reading Rooms

June 6, 2023 - 1:50pm by Dana Haugh

Starting June 26th, the Morse and Historical Library Reading Rooms will undergo a series of small renovations. Enhancements in the Historical Library Reading Room will include new area rugs to help with sound attenuation, new tables with surface-accessible power, and improved and more efficient lighting. Updates in the Morse Reading Room will include refinished tables with new lighting and surface-mounted power outlets, new carpet, improved lighting throughout the space, and repair of windowsills and storm windows.  Work is expected to be completed in August. During this time, visitors will not have access to the Morse and Historical Reading Rooms. Those seeking quiet study areas are encouraged to use SHM L 115 on the main level and study spaces, privacy booths, and meeting rooms on the E and G levels.

Extended Library Access for Recent Grads

June 3, 2023 - 5:22pm by Megan Nance

Spring 2023 graduates will continue to have access to the Medical Library and to library resources (print and digital) until September 2023. After September, graduates are eligible for tiered borrowing privileges.  Alumni privileges for the Medical Library include: Stacks Pass: Access to the Medical Library facilities and stacks. No borrowing privileges. Free.   Alumni Standard Borrowing: Access to the Medical Library facilities and stacks; borrowing privileges for up to 10 items; loan period is 61 days or when privilege expires (whichever is lesser). Purchased in 3-month increments, $45 per increment or $150/year.   Alumni Premium Borrowing: Access to the Medical Library facilities and stacks; borrowing privileges for up to 50 items; loan period is 61 days or when privilege expires (whichever is lesser). Purchased in 3-month increments, $60 per increment or $200/year.   Remote Access: Alumni can freely use JSTOR collections licensed by Yale.   Additional alumni privileges are available through Sterling Memorial Library (including tiers with interlibrary loan service). For free tools and resources available on the web, visit Alumni Resources for the Health Sciences.   

Global Health through Historical Posters

May 27, 2023 - 5:22pm by Christopher Zollo

    On view in the Medical Library's hallway exhibition space through August 18th In 2013, the Historical Library acquired a collection of 2,600 posters with international public health and safety messages, representing 57 countries and several global health organizations. The posters are selections from the collection dating between 1963-2008. Many represent collaborations between national governments and international health organizations. A major global health issue concerns pregnancy and childbirth, including family planning, emergency contraception, and maternal mortality and health. Another theme highlighted in the posters involves health work represented through conferences, vaccine campaigns, and preventative medicine. Many thanks to Roberta Dougherty, Michael Meng, and Charles Riley for their assistance in translating some of the text. The International public health and safety poster collection was purchased in 2013 through the John F. Fulton Fund.  

APC Discount - Cold Spring Harbor Press

May 12, 2023 - 9:34am by Dana Haugh

Yale Library has finalized the APC (article processing charge) discount agreement with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. This agreement reduces APC charges from $3,700 to $2,000 per article in the following CSH journals: Genes & Development, Genome Research, RNA, and Learning & Memory. APCs are reduced from $2,250 to $1,215 in Molecular Case Studies. The standard article processing charge, applied to all articles to offset publishing costs, will be waived for open access articles. As a reminder, Yale Library provides support for authors publishing in open access journals through APC waivers and discounts. Visit Open Access Publishing Support for more information. Current APC waivers: Association for Computing Machinery Cambridge University Press Journals Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP) Journal of Agriculture Food Systems, and Community Development Microbiology Society PLOS Portland Press Current APC discounts: BioMed Central Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press MDPI PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) Science Advances from the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Springer Open  

New Location for Privacy Booths

April 24, 2023 - 10:35am by Dana Haugh

Looking for a private place to study or take a phone call? The Medical Library recently acquired two more Zenbooths! All three booths are now located on the E-Level in the study space near the Technology Support Service Center (see map). These free-standing modular privacy booths offer a soundproof space for visitors to take phone calls, have meetings, or focus on tasks in complete silence. The booths are equipped with an adjustable desk, power outlets, and dimmable lights. Additionally, a high-powered fan cycles fresh air into the booth every minute.   

Poison Yesterday and Today – New Exhibition and PSA for National Poison Prevention Week

March 20, 2023 - 4:08pm by Kaitlin Throgmorton

As we launch the Medical Library's exhibition "Killer or Cure? Poison through the Centuries" on March 23rd, we'd like to remind you that while poison has often captured the public imagination through the ages, today it can cause real harm, and even death. Unfortunately, as of 2021, poison is the leading cause of injury death in the United States, and three-quarters of poison deaths are unintentional. Nearly half (41%) of cases occur in children under age 5. Nearly all (93%) poison cases these days occur at home, and most implicated poisons are regular household items – such as common drugs (analgesics and antidepressants), cleaning substances, and cosmetics – that become fatally toxic when not used as intended1. In Connecticut during 2018-2021*, most accidental poisoning deaths occurred due to exposure to drugs**. This data and the figure below are produced from data on underlying causes of death extracted from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) WONDER Database2. This figure on accidental poisoning deaths in Connecticut was created by data librarian for the health sciences, Kaitlin Throgmorton, using Python 3, pandas, matplotlib, seaborn, and Jupyter Notebook – view the code. *CDC Wonder Underlying Cause of Death Files do not include data on infants. These files may not include all data, as data are suppressed when the data meet the criteria for confidentiality constraints. **Drugs combines several categories, including: other and unspecified drugs, medicaments and biological substances; narcotics and psychodysleptics [hallucinogens], not elsewhere classified; antiepileptic, sedative-hypnotic, antiparkinsonism and psychotropic drugs, not elsewhere classified. In addition to the launch of the poison exhibition this week, this week is also National Poison Prevention Week. You can help prevent unintentional poisoning with a few simple tips3: Keep cleaning supplies, medicines, and other household items well out of reach of children. Make sure you know what medicines and supplies you have, and that they're correctly labeled. Call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 (or visit www.poisonhelp.org) if you need assistance. References: America’s Poison Centers. National Poison Data System (NPDS) Interactive Dashboard. https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/aapcc/viz/APC_2021-NPDS-Public-Dashboard_PUBLISHED_2023-01-16/AnnualSummary. Accessed at https://poisoncenters.org/national-poison-data-system on Mar 16, 2023. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. National Vital Statistics System, Mortality 2018-2021 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 2018-2021, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed at http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10-expanded.html on Mar 16, 2023. America’s Poison Centers. National Poison Prevention Week 2023. https://poisoncenters.org/nppw-2023. Accessed on Mar 20, 2023.

Apply for the Ferenc Gyorgyey/Stanley Simbonis YSM’57 Research Travel Grant

March 15, 2023 - 1:45pm by Melissa Grafe

The Medical Historical Library of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University is pleased to announce its fourteenth annual Research Travel award for use of the Historical Library. The deadline is April 30th, 2023. The Ferenc Gyorgyey/Stanley Simbonis YSM’57 Research Travel Grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers outside of Yale who wish to use the Historical collections of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. In any given year the award is up to $2,000 for one week of research.  Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada.  The award honors Ferenc A. Gyorgyey, former Historical Librarian, and Stanley Simbonis, M.D, a 1953 graduate of Yale College and a 1957 graduate of Yale School of Medicine, who graciously gifted an endowed fund in support of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. For application requirements and the link to submit application materials, please refer to our fellowship page: https://library.medicine.yale.edu/historical/research/grant
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