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Medical Library Annual Report published online

24 April 2014 - 10:08am by Andy Hickner

The Medical Library’s 2012-2013 report is now available online.   The report highlights a number of recent projects, including:

  • Integrating library resources and services with those of the Hospital of St. Raphael (HSR) after its acquisition by  Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH);
  • Helping Yale researchers comply with the requirements of NIH Public Access policy;
  • Training YNHH nurses in evidence-based practice, thereby helping YNHH attain ANCC Magnet Recognition Program status; and
  • Tailoring classes to help meet ACGME core competencies.

Browse the Annual Report to learn more about these and other initiatives.

Happy 145th Birthday Harvey Cushing!

8 April 2014 - 1:07pm by Andy Hickner

Happy 145th Birthday Harvey Cushing! 

Harvey Cushing, born on April 8th in Cleveland in 1869, was the last of ten children of Henry Kirke and Betsey Maria Cushing and descended from a long line of Cushing doctors.

A brief list of his accomplishments include: 

  • He considerably improved the survival of patients after difficult brain operations for intracranial tumors.
  • In clinical medicine, he was an early advocate of x-ray and blood pressure determination.
  • He developed techniques to control bleeding from the scalp and promoted decompression for relief of pain in cases of inoperative brain tumors.
  • Cushing was an early adopter of electrosurgery, playing a role in the development of Bovie electrocautery tool with physicist W. T. Bovie.

He was the world's leading teacher of neurosurgeons in the first decades of the 20th century.

Harvey Cushing Society, 1939

For Cushing’s 70th birthday in April of 1939, The Harvey Cushing Society, formed in 1932 by younger neurosurgeons in Cushing’s honor, met in New Haven Ct. for a celebration.    

Dr Louise Eisenstadt presents Dr Cushing with Bibliography of the Writings of Harvey Cushing

At the formal dinner Louise Eisenstadt, MD, colleague and collaborator of the Curator of the Brain Tumor Registry presented Cushing with the gift of Bibliography of the Writings of Harvey Cushing, prepared by the Harvey Cushing Society and published by Charles C Thomas.

To learn more about Cushing’s life and accomplishments, please visit an online exhibition curated by Toby Appel:  Harvey Cushing: A Journey Through His Life or come visit the Cushing Center.

The Cushing Center: “Insightfully beautiful”

24 February 2014 - 2:10pm by Andy Hickner

Since its opening in June 2010, the Cushing Center has become a destination of interest to many visitors including students from area schools, members of the Yale University and the New Haven community, medical students, physicians, and writers worldwide.   As of page 126 of the guest book, visitors have come from at least 33 US states and 46 countries including places as far away as Tasmania and Madagascar.

Last year we provided guided tours to over 2,300 visitors, while many others ventured into the center on their own.  Here are a few of the comments left behind by visitors.

The center is open to all:

Sunday:  9:30am-8:00pm

Monday-Friday:  8:00am-8:00pm

Saturday:  10:00am-7:00pm

If you don’t have a Yale ID you’ll need to show a picture ID at the library circulation desk to borrow a proxy ID.

Tours are offered:

Thursday: 2:00pm & Friday: 11:00am & 2:00pm.  

Guests meet in front of the library circulation desk.

For tours beyond these hours, contact terry.dagradi@yale.edu

The Cushing Center is located in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at 333 Cedar St.  From the library entrance, walk straight down the hallway to the Information Room.  Take the stairway on the right and walk down two flights.  The center entrance is on the right.

ORCID: Connecting Research and Researchers

20 February 2014 - 3:26pm by Lynn Sette

Have a common name?  Or have you changed your name?  Or your institutional affiliation over your career? Now you can make your research easier to find.  ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides a universal, 16-digit unique identifier that links your publications/research activities to you.

You will start to come across ORCID during publication activities like manuscript and grant submissions.  Register now to help insure that your work is associated with the correct person.

orcid.org

"The Perfect Man" on view in the Library

7 February 2014 - 2:05pm by Susan Wheeler

The Perfect Man recently acquired by the Historical Library
 on view in the Cushing Rotunda

Join us for an exhibit tour of selected acquisitions
with curator Susan Wheeler
Wednesday, February 19, at 12 noon



In 1895, the original bodybuilder Eugen Sandow was proclaimed “the perfect man” by Dudley Sargent (YMS 1878).  In 1827, former slave Belfast Burton was paid tribute by his patients and mentor in a rare broadside testimonial circulated in Philadelphia.  In 1871, J.J. Woodward shared the first micrographs taken in sunlight with the Surgeon General.  In 1891, Victor Emile Prouvé employed the most delicate coloring to render opium’s intoxicating sleep state in an art print distributed through subscription portfolio.   In 1902, James Haran, British medical officer in newly founded Nairobi, attended all the victims of plague (the first of many outbreaks) leaving complete case records.   In 1922, artist Käthe Kollwitz created pro bono a poster announcing public events during Anti-Alcohol Week in Schöneberg, a locality of Berlin. In 1978, Rachel Romero and the San Francisco Poster Brigade plastered the city with activist art “To Hell with their Profits:  Stop Forced Drugging of Psychiatric Inmates” produced for the Mental Patients Liberation Movement.

These and other acquisitions are on view through May 2, 2014.  They are a small sampling of the substantial number of acquisitions through endowment made by the Historical Library, Cushing\Whitney Medical Library.

Finn's Schedule

7 February 2014 - 9:45am by Andy Hickner

Finn the Therapy Dog - the newest member of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library's staff - was officially introduced to the Yale community at a coffee hour on Friday, January 24th at 10am. Finn, a certified therapy dog, attended the event with his friend, Krista Knudson. 

Finn will be here every Friday EXCEPT:

  • February 7
  • April 4
  • April 11

The library will provide coffee and snacks.

Stephen E. Malawista, M.D.: A Lifetime of Research at Yale

30 January 2014 - 11:34am by Lei Wang

Stephen Malawista had been associated with the Yale School of Medicine for over 50 years until his death last fall. His research bridged rheumatology, cell biology, inflammation, and infectious diseases. As a colleague Gerald Weismann said of him, “One might call him one of the most original, wide-ranging, and persistent biomedical researchers of his generation. He has made an unusually large number of original contributions, working in a rather unorthodox fashion. Rather than moving in a strictly linear fashion, his work has branched and regrouped as it progressed over many years.”  Malawista is best known as the co-discover of Lyme Disease. Through the work of his team on the elucidation of all aspects of the disease and its treatment, Yale and Yale-New Haven Hospital have long been a major center for Lyme Disease research.

Malawista was born in Manhattan in 1934 and graduated from Harvard and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He first came to Yale in 1958 for residency training under Paul Beeson, but he interrupted his residency to study inflammation and gout as a clinical associate under B. N. La Du and J. E. Seegmiller at the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases (NIAMD). After completing his residency at Yale in 1963, he served as a special NIAMD fellow at Yale under Aaron Lerner.  He became a member of the faculty at Yale in 1966 and served as Chief of Rheumatology for 21 years.

Before he died, Malawista gave his manuscript papers (the Malawista Papers) to the Historical Library. The Malawista Papers contain correspondence with editors, reviewer reports, drafts of articles, photographs, and handwritten notes.

A Cure for What Ails You: Songs from the Medical Library’s Sheet Music Collection

26 January 2014 - 3:51pm by Mark Gentry

Exhibit curated by Toby Appel

January 23rd-May 2nd, 2014

Harvey Cushing/ John Hay Whitney Medical Library foyer

Join us for an exhibit tour on Thursday, February 13 at 11:30.  Meet at the entrance to the Medical Library.  The tour scheduled for the 13th is cancelled due to inclement weather and will be re-scheduled for a later date. 

Celebrating a new collection of recently donated medically themed sheet music, this exhibit highlights music on medical providers, purveyors of remedies, ailments both real and imagined, cures for all purposes (especially for lovesickness), health songs for children, and music advertising patent medicines. Most of the music was written for public entertainment, whether in London music halls, Parisian theaters, or American vaudeville and early musicals. Later songs in the collection were aired on the radio, featured in movies, recorded on record labels, or served as themes for TV shows on doctors and hospitals. Songs range from “The Cork Leg,” a traditional Irish song about a self-propelling prosthetic cork leg, to Loretta Lynn singing about the advantages of “The Pill.” The engraved and lithographed covers of the music provide striking images of medicine and popular culture.

The collection with over 1,000 items was donated to the Medical Historical Library by William H. Helfand. Discover the entire collection through the finding aid: sheet music collection.

New Resource – Thieme eNeurosurgery

16 January 2014 - 4:05pm by Lei Wang

eNeurosurgery is a library of neurosurgical e-books from Thieme Publishers. It also includes a collection of illustrated procedures as well as images and videos. The product has the capability to search the Thieme e-journals and the PubMed database. To find eNeurosurgery, go to the Resources list on the home page, or use Orbis or the e-books database to look it up by title.

eNeurosurgery

Finn the Therapy Dog

15 January 2014 - 2:26pm by Mark Gentry

Update:  Click here for Finn's schedule

Finn the Therapy Dog - the newest member of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library's staff - will be officially introduced to the Yale community at a coffee hour on Friday, January 24th at 10am.  Finn, a certified therapy dog, will attend the event with his friend, Krista Knudson.  Finn will be in the Medical Library most Fridays for anyone in need of a furry friend.  Come join us on most Fridays!

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