Cushing Center featured in Atlas Obscura

18 May 2015 - 5:20pm by 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 by 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.

In memory of Lynn Sette

4 May 2015 - 9:31am by Andy Hickner

Lynn Sette

Sadly, after a long illness, Lynn Sette passed away peacefully last week. Lynn was beloved by so many here at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, as a truly kind and considerate friend and colleague. 

Lynn first joined the Medical Library as an Acquisitions Assistant in 1979. She earned her Masters in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University in 1983, and truly loved being a reference librarian since then.  She was very passionate about her work, and served as a library liaison to the Departments of Pediatrics and Dermatology, as well as a personal librarian for medical students. Among her proudest accomplishments was her collaboration with staff at the New Haven Free Public Library to create a consumer health information resource and collection there to serve the health information needs of New Haven residents. For many years Lynn also volunteered weekly at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Newborn Special Care Unit, work that was extremely close to her heart. 

Please join the Library in extending our most heartfelt condolences to Lynn’s family. 

New edition of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine

22 April 2015 - 5:44pm by Mark Gentry

harrisons coverThe 19th edition of the world's best-selling medical text, Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, is now available from the Medical Library in both print and online.  The complete ebook may be accessed through the AccessMedicine platform.  The ebook includes a number of chapters not found in the print edition.  Expanded content also includes videos and enhanced illustrations.  Here's the direct link to Harrison's Online.

The two volume print edition is shelved in the Information Room's 3 Day Reserve section with the call number designation of Med RC46 .H27 2015.




YSM Reunion Weekend - May 29-31, 2015

21 April 2015 - 1:52pm by Andy Hickner

The annual Yale School of Medicine Reunion Weekend is approaching.  As part of Reunion Weekend, the Library invites YSM alumni and friends to a number of events:

Friday, May 29
"The Modern Medical Library: “It’s all on the Internet! Isn’t it?” 3-4pm

Innovation and technology are transforming many industries, and libraries have not been immune to radical change. In this context some wonder about the relevance of libraries today. Join a panel of Cushing/Whitney Medical Librarians as they talk about how their roles have changed to meet the needs of the medical community. Hear about their diverse roles as research partners, and the fascinating ways they support the work of the Medical Center’s students, clinicians, scientists and educators.

Saturday, May 30

Light Continental Breakfast, 8-9am

"Treasures of the Medical Library," 2-3pm and 3-4pm

Enjoy a guided tour through the current exhibits at the Library: “Preserving Form, Preserving Content: Caring for Collections at the Medical Library” explores preservation efforts to care for the Medical Library’s important and varied collections, keeping them accessible for future generations of researchers. “Baldwin’s Patent Medicines,” a series of letterpress posters from the late 19th century, advertises the Baldwin Patent Medicine Company’s specific tonics and pills for an astonishing range of complaints. “100 Years of Public Health at Yale:” One of the oldest accredited schools of public health in this country, the school advances public health through research, education and practice. This exhibit examines the rise of public health at Yale through present day. And finally, tucked downstairs in the library is the Cushing Center: visit this one-of-a-kind center including the unique Brain Tumor Registry and the drawings, photographs and rare book collection of Dr. Harvey Cushing.

Other activities

Medical Treasure Hunters

Children ages 5-12 are invited to follow a self-guided, parent-assisted hunt for some of the Library’s extraordinary and amazing treasures. Maps and hunt instructions will be available at the Circulation Desk.

Can You Help the Library Identify Mystery Photographs?

Over the years, the Medical Historical Library has accumulated a collection of photographs representing many great people, places and events.  However, we need your help to identify who, where, and what are in some of our photographs! We hope you can help the Library as we work to preserve Yale’s history. Be on the lookout for our packet of photographs in the entrance to the Library.

Add your thesis to the Yale Medicine Thesis Digital Library!

The Cushing/Whitney Library is digitizing many of our former student theses to add to the digital archives at If you would like your thesis added to the repository with worldwide access, please download the permission form ( or contact Nathan Rupp ( or 203-737-2960) with questions. Theses will be added in batches, over the course of the year.

For more information about Reunion Weekend, click here.

Discovering the Beauty of Science: Call for Entries

17 April 2015 - 9:51am by Rolando Garcia-Milian

Scientists may not consider themselves artists, however, there are times when science and research experiments lead to incredibly beautiful visual results. We invite Yale biomedical researchers (undergrads, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, associate researchers, etc.) at Yale to “Discover the Beauty of Science” by submitting up to two images per individual. Share with us the visual results of your work where science crosses over to art.  Your images will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of artists, scientists and members of medical community and selected for an YSM exhibition.

Contest Deadline
Friday, July 31 (deadline extended!), 2015 – 11:59 pm
Winners will be notified
Monday- August 31st, 2015

Awards will be given to 3 - 1st Honors and 1 - Viewer’s choice and consist of 1 TB USB 3.0 M3 Portable External Hard Drive
The images will also be posted online and a print exhibition will be on display in the foyer outside the Medical School Library Fall 2015

Yale affiliates including, students, postdocs, faculty, assistants, physicians, etc. working in scientific and biomedical research.

Rules of Submission
1.    Individuals may submit up to 2 images.
2.    There is no contest fee.
3.    The submitter must have been involved in the generation of the images and must obtain permission for its use in this contest from any colleagues who also participated. Acknowledgement of collaborators can be credited in the written description.
4.    Images must be submitted electronically USING THIS FORM 
5.    In awarding of prizes, images will be judged on esthetics, originality, and composition.

If you have questions or need help, contact Rolando Garcia Milian or Terry Dagradi

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