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Iconographie photographique de la Salpêtrière: The Physician and the Hysterical Women

September 27, 2013 - 8:39am by Lei Wang

The Iconographie photographique de la Salpêtrière (1876-80), a landmark publication in medical photography, is on view in the Rotunda of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library through November 15th, 2013. This collection of texts and photographs represents the female patients of Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot at the Salpêtrière hospital and asylum during the years of his tenure as director. The patients, diagnosed primarily with hysteria or epilepsy, were treated at the asylum even as they acted as experimental subjects for Charcot’s development of the hysteria diagnosis. This collection represents a transformative moment in the history of the diagnosis, treatment, and representation of mental illness. The exhibit was organized by Courtney Thompson, doctoral student in the Program in the History of Medicine, and Susan Wheeler, Curator for Prints and Drawings at the Medical Library. 

Nursing at 90

September 19, 2013 - 4:05pm by Lynn Sette

A celebration of the Yale School of Nursing Alumni. The exhibit highlights the contributions of the Nursing program and its graduates to Yale, the profession, and the world. Curated by Janene Batten with the help of Melissa Grafe.  On view in the Medical Library foyer until January 10, 2014. In addition, as part of the 90th Anniversary of the Yale School of Nursing the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library has digitized the large collection of historical YSN alumni newsletters, memorabilia, and class photos dating from 1926. The class photos speak for themselves, but as you will see, the alumni publications evolve in title and format, and provide a fascinating look into the school's equally proud and rich history. The newsletters cover the first years after the inaugural graduating class, and lead the reader through wars and peacetime, school relocations and new deans, societal changes and ideals, to the present-day YSN. There are currently 294 items in the collection.

Grant Forward

September 16, 2013 - 12:39pm by Lynn Sette

Need funding?  Get acquainted with a new funding opportunities search engine, Grant Forward.  Use the Researcher Profiles feature to upload your research interests, publication history, and CV. The Profile feature will then search sources that match your interests and provide you with relevant funding opportunities.  You can edit, update, and export information in seconds. Create a user account to save favorites, set alerts, and access Grant Forward remotely.  Sample results page

Clinical Evidence

August 16, 2013 - 1:14pm by Lynn Sette

Clinical Evidence is an international database of high-quality, rigorously developed systematic overviews assessing the benefits and harms of treatments,  a suite of EBM resources. What is EBM? Simply put, evidence-based medicine (EBM) means applying current best evidence to clinical decision making.  In practice, this means integrating that evidence with individual clinical expertise and the needs and values of patients. Clinical Evidence(CE)summarizes the current state of knowledge - and uncertainty - about interventions used to prevent and treat important clinical conditions. CE does it by searching and appraising the literature to create rigorous systematic reviews of evidence on the benefits and harms of clinical interventions. Search CE by condition or topic.  Review the efficacy, GRADE evaluation of interventions, key points, latest guidelines, latest citations and systematic reviews.

New Medical Library Exhibits

July 22, 2013 - 1:00pm by Lynn Sette

The Sexual Revolution and Movie Thrillers with Medical Themes In the Hallway 8 Interesting Objects Selected from the Historical Collections In the Rotunda Join us for a tour of the exhibiton Wednesday, July 31 at 12 noon With Curator Susan Wheeler Selections from the New Global Health Collection In the Foyer   On view until September 15, 2013 Please join us for a tour of the exhibits with Curator Susan Wheeler on Wednesday, July 31 at 12 noon. RSVP to Melissa Grafe 203-785-4354 View our digital collections online

A Vietnam War Surgeon Writes Home

June 17, 2013 - 11:41am by Melissa Grafe

The Kristaps J. Keggi Vietnam War service collection, recently donated to the Historical Medical Library, contains the complete correspondence between Dr. Kristaps J. Keggi and his wife, Julie, during his time as a surgeon in the Vietnam War. The materials were all donated by Dr. Keggi, the current Elihu Professor in Orthopedics at Yale School of Medicine. The scope of the collection—personal letters, photographs, teaching materials and war wound images- presents a unique and comprehensive look into the life of a war surgeon. Letters detail stories of MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital), Montagnards plagued with leprosy, ceremonies with local tribes, a visit from a Playboy bunny and, of course, the extensive surgeries performed in a combat zone. A sample of photographs and letters are on display at the Historical Library.  

Access Medicine

May 1, 2013 - 12:42pm by hongbin

AccessMedicine is an innovative online resource that provides students, residents, clinicians, researchers, and health professionals with access to more than 75 medical titles in medicine, thousands of images and illustrations, interactive self-assessment, case files, time-saving diagnostic and point-of-care tools, a comprehensive search platform, and the ability to view from and download content to a mobile device. Updated and expanded frequently AccessMedicine provides fast, direct access to textbooks and case files, diagnostic tests and Diagnosaurus, videos and audio selections as well as information for pursuing research, medical education, or self-assessment and board review. This series provided by McGraw Hill Medical also includes Access Anesthesiology, Access Emergency Medicine, Access Pediatrics and Access Surgery. 

Unveiling Medicine’s Past: Medical Historical Collections Online

April 19, 2013 - 3:22pm by Melissa Grafe

The Medical Historical Library’s digital collection includes School of Medicine photographs, portraits of 16th Century anatomist Andreas Vesalius, Harvey Cushing, and others, medical and surgical instruments, prints, posters, and drawings, and much more!  Recently, thousands of medical works from the 19th and early 20th centuries have been added to the Medical Heritage Library, an online resource of free and open historical resources in medicine.  This exhibit, on view in the Medical Library Rotunda, Hallway, and Foyer, showcases a selection from the thousands of items currently available online, and describes the process of digitization, bringing medical history to users throughout the world with a few simple clicks.  On view April 11 to July 5, 2013

New Reading Room

April 16, 2013 - 1:57pm by Lynn Sette

After a complete remodeling, the Medical Historical Library's office and new secure reading room is officially open.  Our new public hours will be from 10-noon, and 1-4:30, Monday through Friday.This project caps a larger Historical Library renovation, beginning several years ago with an overhaul of the Medical Historical locked stacks and work areas.  New environmental controls and security measures, movable stacks, and new work spaces including a preservation lab and photography area, were included in the first portion of the project, allowing the Library to properly store, protect, and work with the collections. The renovation of the Medical Historical Library office and the creation of a new secure reading room next to the office continues this work, with new security and environmental controls and a redesigned office.The Medical Library wishes to thank the School of Medicine, Christie Day, John Gallagher, former Preservation Librarian Sarah McGlynn, and others that made this a reality.  Please stop in to see our new space!  We welcomed our first user, a graduate student in the History of Medicine program, before the tags were even off the chairs.

The Crack Up by Corporal Wayne Seese

April 4, 2013 - 11:58am by Susan Wheeler

 Wayne Seese U.S.A. 1918-1980             The Crack Up, c.1946       Watercolor Bequest of Clements C. Fry 1955 “Combat Art,” created by designated soldier artists, was widely exhibited during World War II and also illustrated popular publications such as LIFE magazine.    Clements C. Fry, Yale psychiatrist and collector, purchased this drawing in 1946 after having seen it in an exhibition in  Washington, D.C., where he served on the National Research Council.  On request, the artist Corporal Wayne Seese provided a description:      The “Crack Up” came from a scene I witnessed on the island of New Britain, after the Cape Gloucester campaign….One night as we sat in our tent, Bedlam broke out across the street at sick bay.  Rushing over there, we came upon the scene I have put down on paper.      Yelling, sobbing, and talking, the kid was held down by a couple of his buddies while the doctor prepared a sedative.  The scene was pretty weird with hundreds of fellows drawn by morbid curiosity standing in the darkness….      The kid was a rugged looking boy about nineteen or twenty, a messman at the time.  He stepped out of his tent and in the darkness ran into a tree and went to pieces.  Rumor was that he had just received a letter that both his mother & father were killed in an accident, but I don’t know. Wayne Seese served with the First Marine Division in the South Pacific campaign “The Crack Up” is on view through April 11, 2013.
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