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Portraits of Wounded Bodies

7 January 2013 - 2:28pm by Melissa Grafe

Portraits of Wounded Bodies:  Photographs of Civil War Soldiers from Harewood Hospital, Washington, D.C., 1863-1866

January 16th-April 1st, 2013

Tours open to all on Wed. Jan. 23rd, 4 p.m., and Friday Jan. 25th at noon!

One hundred and fifty years ago, the Civil War raged throughout the United States, creating thousands of casualties.  On view now, the Medical Historical Library explores Civil War medicine through the haunting photographs of wounded soldiers.  Curated by Heidi Knoblauch, a doctoral student in Yale’s Section of the History of Medicine, and Melissa Grafe, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History, selections from a set of 93 photographic portraits from Harewood Hospital, Washington D.C. are on display in the Rotunda of the Medical Library.  These images, some quite graphic, depict soldiers recovering from a variety of wounds, including gunshot wounds.  The soldiers’ case histories and stories, analyzed by Heidi Knoblauch, are part of a larger examination of medical photography and Civil War memory as America commemorates the 150th anniversary of the war.  In the foyer of Sterling Hall, the exhibit expands to include a larger discussion of Civil War medicine and surgery, including hospitals and nurses, using images and materials from the Medical Historical Library.  An online version of the Harewood Hospital photographs is available in the Digital Library of the Medical Historical Library.

This exhibit is on display at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar Street. For more information, contact Melissa Grafe, Ph.D, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History, at melissa.grafe@yale.edu.

Become a Friend of the Medical Library

28 November 2012 - 2:44pm by Lynn Sette

Library users know the value of the Library, its staff, and collections to assist their everyday needs.  Become a Medical Library Associate (in essence a friend of the Library) and take pride in knowing that you will help enrich and preserve collections, as well as create infrastructure to support the Library’s important role in the Yale Medical Center. Your commitment will help to ensure the continued excellence of the Library and its dedication to lifelong learning.

Help us to:

  • Enrich collections
  • Preserve treasures
  • Digitize rare books
  • Build collaborative spaces
  • Support teaching and research

Please visit the Associates web page and click on Get Involved or contact Katie Hart – katherine.hart@yale.edu 203-785-5352.

Database Reloads and Updating

28 November 2012 - 2:06pm by Lynn Sette

Annually at this time of year, database producers including the National Library of Medicine update their databases with new subject headings.

What does this mean for you?

It means the database will not be updated until the reload is complete, also if you receive an alerting update for newly added citations, it will stop temporarily.

This maintenance usually takes only 1-2 weeks.  Call us if you have any questions 203-737-4065.

GIDEON

12 November 2012 - 2:58pm by Lynn Sette

A global infectious disease database designed to assist in diagnosing infectious diseases and staying current on the latest trends in epidemiology and treatment. Used for diagnosis and reference in the field of tropical and infectious diseases, epidemiology, microbiology and antimicrobial chemotherapy. GIDEON has 3 modules: Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, and Occupational Toxicology.

Examples of cases using GIDEON:

Sample search - All tick-borne, viral diseases of Kenya

Award winning film "Twero: The Road to Health" Showing on Nov. 5th

27 October 2012 - 6:32pm by Mark Gentry

Don't miss the chance to view this film by 2012 Yale School of Medicine graduate Michael Otremba, MD.  This documentary follows a Ugandan journalist who investigates how patients often must seek care outside of an underfunded and overburdened public system. Desperate for help, patients are turning to an unregulated private health sector, where services are accessible, but at a significant cost. When patients cannot pay
their medical bills, doctors are resorting to imprisoning them.  Dr. Otremba, currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale School of Medicine,  received the "Innovative Learning through Electronic Theses & Dissertations" from the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations in August.  Most recently, he won best documentary feature at this years' NYLA International FIlm Festival.  You can read more about his work in the latest issue of Yale Medicine

The film will be shown on Monday, November 5 at 6:10pm in Room 129 at the Yale Law School.  A Q&A session with the director follows. This showing is sponsored by the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights.

POPLINE

26 October 2012 - 1:42pm by Lynn Sette

Need information on population, family planning or reproductive health and development?

Popline is a comprehensive international resource on these topics plus research in contraceptive methods, family planning services, research in human fertility, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS in developing countries, program operations and evaluation, demography, and other related health, law, and policy issues. 

POPLINE helps program managers, policy makers, and service providers in low-resource countries and in development-supportive agencies and organizations gain access to the population literature.  POPLINE includes journal articles and other scientific, technical, and programmatic publications as well as unpublished documents and project reports (gray literature). The majority of items are published from 1970 to the present, however, there are selected citations dating back to 1827.

What's New

The Journal of Development Effectiveness publishes papers reporting evidence of impact of development interventions.  The September 2012 special issue highlights why systematic reviews should be an important component of evidence-informed development policy and practice.

POPLINE includes these articles from the September 2012 issue:

  • Why do we care about evidence synthesis? An introduction to the special issue on systematic reviews.
  • How to do a good systematic review of effects in international development: a tool kit.
  • Systematic reviews: from 'bare bones' reviews to policy relevance.
  • Narrative approaches to systematic review and synthesis of evidence for international development policy and practice.

Click on More under Resources to find POPLINE.

Exhibit: Medicine at Work

9 October 2012 - 2:45pm by Melissa Grafe

Medicine at Work: A Selection of Instruments and Materials from the Medical Historical Library

September 22nd, 2012-January 13th,2013

Medicine at Work, on view beginning September 22nd in the Rotunda of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library and foyer of Sterling Hall, exhibits instruments, prints, catalogs, fee bills, and books describing and depicting a variety of medical work. Surgical operations and tools, trepanation, electrotherapy, anesthesia, bandaging, and dissection and toxicology are a sample of some of the medical work that happened in the past, and continue today. This exhibit will use selections for the collections of the Medical Historical library to provide context for the tools and materials used in medicine and surgery.  Among its significant collections, the Medical Historical library has approximately 600 medical and scientific instruments and over 7000 prints, posters, and drawings.  


Exhibit: Nurses

2 October 2012 - 1:53pm by Susan Wheeler

On view in the Hallway September 22 through January 14, 2013.

Nurses

Selected from the Historical Medical Poster Collection and the Collection of Prints and Drawings

Dan Smith, U.S.A. 20th century
Complete Your Education Then Come With Me  c. 1917-1918
Purchased through the John F. Fulton Fund 2010

John Mills U.S.A. active 20th century
Help! c.1917-1918
Purchased through the Kent Ellis Fund 2008

F. Samuels Brummer U.S.A. 20th century
Take a Red Cross Home Nursing Course c. 1943-1945
Purchased through the John F. Fulton Fund 2010

Doctors are Scarce 1943
for the Office of War Information
Purchased through the Kent Ellis Fund 2010

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