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Apply for a Research Travel Grant!

20 January 2015 - 10:01am by Andy Hickner

Ferenc Gyorgyey

The Historical Library of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University is pleased to announce its eighth annual Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library.

The Medical Historical Library, located in New Haven, Connecticut, holds one of the country’s largest collections of rare medical books, journals, prints, photographs, and pamphlets. Special strengths are the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius, Boyle, Harvey, Culpeper, Priestley, and S. Weir Mitchell, and works on anesthesia, and smallpox inoculation and vaccination. The Library owns over fifty medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Arabic and Persian manuscripts, and over 300 medical incunabula.  The notable Clements C. Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings has over 2,500 fine prints, drawings, and posters from the 15th century to the present on medical subjects.  The library also holds a great collection of tobacco advertisements, patent medicine ephemera, and a large group of materials from Harvey Cushing, one of the founding fathers of neurosurgery.

The 2015-2016 travel grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers who wish to use the collections of the Medical Historical Library:  http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/.  There is a single award of up to $1,500 for one week of research during the academic fiscal year July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016.  Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. Applicants should send a completed application form, curriculum vitae and a description of the project including the relevance of the collections of the Historical Library to the project, and two references attesting to the particular project. Preference will be given to applicants beyond commuting distance to the Historical Library. 

This award is for use of Medical Historical special collections and is not intended for primary use of special collections in other libraries at Yale.  Applications are due by Monday, MAY 4th, 2015.  They will be considered by a committee and the candidates will be informed by JUNE 8th, 2015. An application form can be found on our website: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/us/grant

Applications and requests for further information should be sent to:

Melissa Grafe, Ph.D
John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
P.O. Box 208014
New Haven, CT 06520-8014
Telephone: 203- 785-4354
Fax: 203-785-5636
E-mail: 

melissa.grafe@yale.edu

Additional information about the Library and its collections may be found at http://historical.medicine.yale.edu.

New Resources: Bates and Medlantis

9 January 2015 - 4:10pm by Andy Hickner

The Medical Library has licensed 2 new resources that will be of interest to many users:

Bates Visual Guide to Physical Examination features over eight hours of anatomy and system-specific videos, each of which shows a step-by-step examination. Students and faculty appreciate the careful attention to clinical accuracy, as well as the range of patient types profiled in the series.

Medlantis provides hundreds of hours of video lectures, plus a wealth of content from Thieme eRadiology and Thieme RadCases: more than 43,000 ebook pages, almost 86,000 images, and over 2,200 case studies.  Users do not need to log in, just scroll down the page for direct access links.

In order to access either tool, make sure you are on the Yale network.  Contact us to learn more about, or to get help with, either tool.

Spring 2015 exhibits opening this month

8 January 2015 - 3:20pm by Andy Hickner

Image from teratology exhibit

An image from the Teratology exhibit

There are 3 upcoming exhibits opening this month in the Rotunda, Hallway, and Foyer, in addition to Harry Potter!  Please join us for an exhibit tour for the Teratology and Prodigies exhibits on Wednesday, January 28th, at noon.  

"Teratology: The Science and History of Human Monstrosity," in the Rotunda of the Medical Library

Opening Jan. 22 at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Dates: January 22nd-May 15th, 2015
Curated by Courtney Thompson, doctoral candidate in the History of Science and Medicine, and Melissa Grafe, Ph.D, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History

From early modern marvels to sideshow performers, the abnormal body has provoked wonder and fascination, even as it has inspired the scientific study of monsters. This exhibit explores the history of the science of human monstrosity, from early modern accounts of human-animal hybrids and prodigies through to present-day explorations of birth defects. The exhibit traces the different approaches to human abnormalities/monstrosity since the fifteenth century, demonstrating the various ways in which monsters have been described, explained, classified, and displayed to an interested public.

An image from the "Prodigies and Marvels" exhibit

"Prodigies and Marvels" on view in the main Hallway of the Medical Library, curated by Susan Wheeler

Many of the individuals who evoked wonder were well known to contemporary audiences through the dissemination of inexpensive broadsides and prints. A selection from the Library’s extensive, and seldom seen, collection on this subject introduces a few of these individuals from the 16th through the early 19th centuries. The exhibit was prepared by Medical Library curator Susan Wheeler.

Please join us for an exhibit tour for the Teratology and Prodigies exhibits on Wednesday, January 28th, at noon. This exhibit will run through May 15, 2015.

"100 Years of Public Health at Yale" in the Foyer of the Medical Library, January 29th-May 15th, 2015
Curated by Toby Appel, Ph.D, and Melissa Grafe, Ph.D, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
The Yale School of Public Health celebrates its centennial throughout 2015. One of the oldest accredited schools of public health in this country, it today advances public health through research, education and practice in its home city of New Haven, across the United States and throughout the world.  This exhibit examines the rise of public health at Yale beginning with the appointment of C.E.A. Winslow in 1915 through the work of the School in the present day.

Welcome to the library's new homepage!

3 January 2015 - 8:55pm by Andy Hickner

As you've likely noticed by now, the Medical Library's website has a slightly different look as of Saturday, January 3.  The main navigation menu now features dropdowns when you hover over links like "Find," "Services," and "About," and more noticeably, the homepage has a wholly new architecture and layout.  

We implemented this redesign in response to feedback from you about how we could make the homepage better. Click here and here to learn more about how and why the library undertook this project.

Here is a quick guide to where to find key items in the new interface:

Item New location
Ask a Librarian Menu bar, upper right
Email Staff Quick Links
Request Materials/Interlibrary Loan Dropdown menu > Services > Request Materials
Reserve Study Rooms Dropdown menu > Services 
Adopt a Rare Book Search "Adopt a Rare Book", 1st result
Privileges  Dropdown menus > About > Borrowing & Access Privileges
Policies  Search "Policies," 2nd result
Orbis Homepage > Popular Resources
PubMed@Yale Homepage > Popular Resources
Scopus Homepage > Highlighted Resources
Web of Science Homepage > Highlighted  Resources
E-Books & E-journals Homepage > Popular Resources
Classes Homepage, under slideshow
Tech Support (links to Printing, Remote Access, Desktop Computing, etc) Dropdown menu > Services > Computing & Technology Support
Remote Access Homepage, upper right (click on "You are on the Yale network" or "you are NOT on the Yale network")
Portals Dropdown menu
Department Liaisons Dropdown menu > Services 
Request forms Search "Request forms," 1st result

As always, please contact me with questions and concerns.  We are doing our best to make sure you don't get lost in the new interface, but if you do, remember you can ask a librarian for help.

New library homepage: What you need to know

19 December 2014 - 1:41pm by Andy Hickner

As I previously announced, the library's homepage is undergoing a redesign. Our user experience team completed user testing on the "hi-fi" version of the design today.  

Here is a quick guide to where to find key items in the new homepage design:

Item New location
Email Staff Quick Links
Request Materials/Interlibrary Loan Dropdown menu > Services > Request Materials
Reserve Study Rooms Dropdown menu > Services 
Adopt a Rare Book Search "Adopt a Rare Book", 1st result
Privileges  Dropdown menus > About > Borrowing & Access Privileges
Policies  Search "Policies," 2nd result
Orbis Homepage > Popular Resources
PubMed@Yale  Homepage > Popular Resources
Scopus Homepage > Highlighted Resources
Web of Science Homepage > Highlighted  Resources
E-Books & E-journals Homepage > Popular Resources
Classes Homepage, under slideshow
Tech Support (links to Printing, Remote Access, Desktop Computing, etc) Dropdown menu > Services > Computing & Technology Support
Remote Access Homepage, upper right (click on "You are on the Yale network" or "you are NOT on the Yale network")
Portals Dropdown menu
Department Liaisons Dropdown menu > Services 
Request forms Search "Request forms," 1st result

The new homepage is scheduled to go live on the evening of Saturday, January 3, a time of the week when website use is particularly low.  This will permit us to have the new homepage in place at the start of the winter semester.  

As always, please contact me with questions and concerns.  We are doing our best to make sure you don't get lost in the new interface, but if you do, remember you can ask a librarian for help.

Library homepage redesign: Your input is needed!

4 December 2014 - 2:39pm by Andy Hickner

Earlier this fall, we at the Medical Library decided it was time for a new look for the homepage of the library website.  We used an iterative design process to revamp the layout of the page.  A draft of the new homepage is now available for your viewing. We invite you to check out the design and "kick the tires," so to speak.  

Your feedback on the proposed design will be crucial in improving it and making sure it meets your needs.  Contact me with your thoughts and suggestions.  Be sure to note the browser and device you used to view the page - even better, attach a screenshot of how it looks on your device. 

We will be conducting user testing on the design the week of December 15.  After user testing, the page will undergo a final round of revision.  I will also provide an update on this blog summarizing key changes to the interface to help you better navigate the new look.

I look forward to hearing from you.

New Database Trials from Thieme and McGraw Hill

27 November 2014 - 12:32pm by Andy Hickner

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is now running trials to three databases; details are below. Please let us know what you think by sending Nathan Rupp an email.

Medlantis-Thieme eRadiology

URL: http://www.medlantis.org

Trial expiration date: Dec 19, 2014

Description: https://www.thieme.de/en/thieme-connect/medlantis-5001.htm

Thieme eOtolaryngology

URL: http://eotolaryngology.thieme.com

Trial expiration date: December 19, 2014

Description: https://www.thieme.de/en/thieme-connect/eotolaryngology-52117.htm

McGraw Hill Access Medicine Neurology Collection

URL: http://neurology.mhmedical.com/

Trial expiration date: December 5, 2014

Description: See http://neurology.mhmedical.com/. Includes the following books:

Carney - Pediatric Practice Neurology
Kandel - Principles of Neural Science
Laoprasert - Atlas of Pediatric EEG
Lee - The NeuroICU Book
Martin - Practical Neuroophthalmology
Ropper/Samuels - Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology
Sirven - Atlas of Video-EEG Monitoring
Waxman - Clinical Neuroanatomy, 27th edition
Souayah - McGraw-Hill Specialty Board Review Neurology
Biller - Demeyer's Technique of the Neurologic Examination
Watts - Movement Disorders, 3rd edition

Systematic Review Services at the Medical Library

19 November 2014 - 3:19pm by Andy Hickner

PRSIMA flow chart

Example flow chart used in systematic reviews, from Moher D, Liberati A, Tetzlaff J, Altman DG, The PRISMA Group (2009). Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: The PRISMA Statement. PLoS Med 6(6): e1000097. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed1000097

Did you know our librarians are available to assist with systematic reviews?

The librarian, as full partner and co-author, is committed to collaborating and supporting the following Systematic Review tasks:

  • Determining if a systematic review has already been done on a topic.
  • Translating the research question into an appropriate search strategy.
  • Translating the search concepts into controlled vocabulary and keywords so that both precision and retrieval are maximized.
  • Choosing specific databases and other information sources to be searched.
  • Conducting the literature searches across all the information sources chosen.
  • Maintaining records of search results and following up with alerts and updates as needed
  • Helping to obtain all required articles cited in search results and other venues.
  • Providing guidance and support regarding bibliographic management tools, such as EndNote or RefWorks, to manage citations and easily produce bibliographies.
  • Writing the literature search methodology section for the submitted manuscript.

The Library adheres to the requirements for authorship and contributorship by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

For more information, contact your department liaison and consult our Guide to Systematic Reviews: Planning, Writing and Supporting.

Electrosurgical in the Operating Room

12 September 2014 - 8:37am by Andy Hickner

(Post authored by Terry Dagradi)
Cushing operating at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
Cushing operating at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
Photo by Dr. Walter Willard Boyd 1928-32

On October 1, 1926 at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, Harvey Cushing performed an operation—removal of a mass from a patient’s head -- using the first commercial electrosurgical generator developed by to William T. Bovie [1], an engineer employed at Harvard University. The Bovie unit passed high frequency alternating current into the body, allowing the current to cut or coagulate. The device drastically reduced the complications of bleeding during intracranial operations, further reducing the mortality rates during brain surgery. After 88 years this basic device remains a fundamental tool in the practice of surgery.

When Cushing began his surgical career in the early 1900s, brain tumors were considered to be inoperable. At that time the mortality rate for a surgical procedure involving the opening of the skull was around 90%. Cushing dramatically reduced the mortality rate for neurosurgery to less than 10%, and by the time of his retirement from the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1932, he had successfully removed more than 2,000 tumors.[2]

[1] Bovie, WT; Cushing, H (1928). "Electrosurgery as an aid to the removal of intracranial tumors with a preliminary note on a new surgical-current generator". Surg Gynecol Obstet 47: 751–84.

[2] http://www.whonamedit.com/doctor.cfm/980.html

Additional information on Electrosurgery: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/ps-1009154-electrocautery.pdf

http://contemporaryobgyn.modernmedicine.com/contemporary-obgyn/news/electrosurgery-newest-energy-based-devices?page=full

http://www.uptodate.com/contents/overview-of-electrosurgery

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