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Holiday hours for 2015

10 December 2015 - 11:11am by Andy Hickner

As always at this time of year, there will be some changes to the library's usual schedule in the coming weeks.  Here is a summary of library hours from December 23 - January 2: 

  • December 23, 2015:  7:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • December 24 & 25: CLOSED
  • December 25: CLOSED
  • December 26 -30:  11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • December 31 - January 1: CLOSED 
  • January 2:  back to regular hours

Plan accordingly!

World AIDS Day: HIV/AIDS Information on the Web and at Yale Libraries

1 December 2015 - 10:05am by Andy Hickner

World AIDS DayToday, December 1, is World AIDS Day.  We’ve come a long way since the first cases of the disease emerged over 30 years ago, and today there is a wealth of information resources on HIV/AIDS.

Clinical practice guidelines are available at the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Guidelines Portal.

For more in-depth research, at Yale, we provide access to over 200 e-books on HIV/AIDS topics, plus thousands of additional titles available in print. NIAID offers detailed information on current research efforts. In addition, there are some thorough library research guides freely available on the web, including Georgetown University Libraries’ “HIV & AIDS Resources” guide.  

For data and statistics, Michigan State University Libraries list some key resources.

PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis):  Check out pages on PrEP at CDC and AIDS.gov.  

For basic information, the layperson seeking to learn more should begin at AIDSinfo. Other general web resources include:  

Newly diagnosed with HIV?  Start with “Newly Diagnosed: What you need to know” at AIDS.gov.

As always, for comprehensive help finding and navigating current knowledge on HIV/AIDS, contact your departmental librarian

(Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usembassynewdelhi/5217132779)

Great American Smokeout: Key Info Resources

18 November 2015 - 12:27pm by Andy Hickner

Thursday, November 19 is the American Cancer Society's annual "Great American Smokeout," encouraging smokers to quit, even if it's only for one day.  What better time than to round up a few key information resources on tobacco cessation?

The DynaMed chapter offers patient education materials, as does ClinicalKey.  Click the dropdown menu to the left of the search box to filter results in the "Patient Education" source type. 


Clinical Key smoking cessation

For help finding more evidence on tobacco and smoking cessation, you can always contact your department's librarian

 

Trial for new apps: EBM Guidelines, DSM 5 Differential Diagnosis

5 November 2015 - 9:50am by Andy Hickner

Unbound Medicine

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is trying out two new Unbound Medicine apps through the end of November: "Evidence Based Medicine Guidelines" and the "DSM 5 Differential Diagnosis Handbook." To get these apps on to your device, make sure that you have the Unbound Medicine app installed and accept any update notifications that you're presented with. For information about downloading the Unbound Medicine app to your device, please see the Medical Library's "Mobile Device Applications" page at http://library.medicine.yale.edu/services/computing/mobile_apps.

The Bamberg Surgery: An early European surgical text

3 November 2015 - 10:51am by Andy Hickner

Bamberg Surgery

Monica Green, a scholar of the history of medieval medicine, recently profiled the Bamberg Surgery, which is part of the Medical Historical Library's collection.  The Bamberg Surgery is a surgical text dating from the mid-12th century which was acquired by Dr. Harvey Cushing and subsequently formed part of the original Medical Historical collection at Yale. 

Green writes:

The Bamberg Surgery doesn’t get a lot of love in histories of surgery, because of its patchwork character. As Corner himself said, “it is a notebook, a partially organized collection of notes, memoranda, prescriptions, and excerpts from other books.” But the Bamberg Surgery merits a closer look to contemplate the question with which we began: how do you begin to build up a body of written surgical knowledge when previously you had none?

The Bamberg Surgery draws selectively from the (now complete) translation of (Persian physician​‘Ali ibn al-‘Abbas) al-Majusi’s text, which it fuses with an early medieval text on phlebotomy that circulated under Hippocrates’ name. It then expands on these elements with new pharmaceuticals, new techniques, and elements of anatomical and physiological learning drawn from other texts. For example, al-Majusi’s text had never mentioned marciaton, a compound medicine for a wax-based unguent passed on through the early medieval Latin pharmaceutical tradition. The Chirurgia salernitana had recommended its use, and we find it in the Bamberg Surgery likewise, being recommended for nerve damage from a wound, broken bones, and dislocations.

Similarly, the author cites Galen’s Tegni several times, a translation of the foundational handbook of medicine composed by the 2nd-century Greek polymath, used widely in the Islamic world and, increasingly, in Europe as a basic introduction to medical theory and practice.


Bamberg Surgery

Click here to read Green's full post, which discusses a number of other medieval surgical texts. 

 

Interlibrary loan is back up (update)

29 October 2015 - 4:11pm by Andy Hickner

Update:  As of Thursday night, ILLiad is back up and running.  Thanks for your patience.

ILLiad, the library's interlibrary loan system, is not functioning. Library ITS is working on a solution to fix this issue as soon as possible. This means we are currently unable to order any materials for users, nor can users submit requests. Please check back for updates.

Open Access Week, October 19-25

13 October 2015 - 4:10pm by Andy Hickner

From October 19-25, the Yale Library is celebrating international Open Access Week with a series of wide-ranging events.  Events will focus on topics from the use of data, images and government documents, to knowing your rights as an author and understanding "predatory publishers."

What is Open Access Week?  Here's a taste, from the week's official website: 

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

All events are listed on the library calendar.

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