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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.

Clinical Key

April 2, 2013 - 11:51am by Lynn Sette

A Great New Resource to Try!ClinicalKey includes all of this and more:Medical and Surgical Clinics of North AmericaFirst Consult point-of-care clinical monographsProcedures Consult content and associated videosClinical Pharmacology drug monographsMore medical and surgical journals and booksAnd over 9,000 medical and surgical videosHere’s how to use it:Add your topic in the search box; see the results in the center column.Use the left column to sort by study type, e.g. systematic reviews, date, specialty, and content type (journals, books, guideline etc.).Use the Clinical Summary (right column) to preview information on the topic.If you register, you can save your searches, flag articles to read later, and use other special features.Find ClinicalKey under Resources on the Library’s home page.

Over 2600 International Health and Safety posters at the Medical Historical Library

March 21, 2013 - 10:30am by Melissa Grafe

In January 2013, the Medical Historical Library acquired a collection of over 2600 international public health and safety posters from 56 countries.  Topics include maternal and child health, anti-drug and tobacco campaigns, breastfeeding, clean water, prevention of diseases such as malaria and polio, and accident prevention and safety.  Kenya, The Netherlands, Oman, France, and Germany are particularly well represented in the collection.  Posters issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization, and Doctors without Borders are also included.  Please contact Melissa Grafe, melissa.grafe@yale.edu, for more information and for access to the posters.

We've Still Got A Job To Do!

March 14, 2013 - 11:17am by Susan Wheeler

Howard Scott U.S.A. 1902-1983 We Still Have a Big Job to Do! 1943 U.S. Government Printing Office for the U.S. Navy, Industrial Incentive Division Purchased through the John F. Fulton Fund 2012 During World War II, the Industrial Incentive Division of the U.S. Navy sought to improve morale among workers in U.S. industrial plants by emphasizing the importance of the plant’s products in the overall war effort. The morale initiative, begun in May of 1943, employed audio interviews and other messages piped in through speaker systems in the workplace;  exhibited combat action photographs, specially commissioned posters and combat motion pictures in the workplace; and arranged for returned combat personnel to visit the plants engaged in war production. This recently acquired poster, created to boost the morale of defense industry workers during World War II, is on view through April 12, 2013  

Together, We Remember

February 15, 2013 - 2:36pm by Lynn Sette

Stop in the library to see Together, We Remember, an exhibit to commemorate Black History Month prepared by the Student Medical Association.  This special exhibit examines how slaves became health care workers, covering slave medicine to the established Contraband Hospital:Slave Medicine focuses on how slaves would tend to their own medical issues using many herbal remedies that have influences from many different parts of Africa.The transition to the Contraband Hospital and the creation of the first several houses where "contraband" (i.e. slaves that either escaped or were freed in the chaos of the war) were treated for medical issues. The focus is on the Elisha Miller house in Alexandria which was one of the first such medical places built by the union army to treat the "contraband".The Contraband Hospital and the people that had an important role in the hospital including the various African American surgeons that staffed the hospital.
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