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Yale Physician Associate Program recognizes 3 librarians

December 10, 2015 - 12:35pm by Andy Hickner

From left: Lei Wang, Judy Spak, Jan Glover On December 7, the Yale Physician Associate Program recognized librarians Jan Glover, Judy Spak, and Lei Wang "for their support & dedication to the thesis & student research."  Each year, these librarians work intensively with students in helping define their thesis statement, and then guiding and assisting them as they conduct the necessary research and literature review. Congratulations, Jan, Judy, and Lei!

Holiday hours for 2015

December 10, 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

December 1, 2015 - 10:05am by Andy Hickner

Today, 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. 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.  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 HIVinfo. Other general web resources include:   HIV.gov UNAIDS 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

November 18, 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? Smokers may find the American Cancer Society's website helpful, in particular its "Stay Away from Tobacco" section.  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

November 5, 2015 - 9:50am by Andy Hickner

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 Mobile Apps.

The Bamberg Surgery: An early European surgical text

November 3, 2015 - 10:51am by Andy Hickner

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.    

Interlibrary loan is back up (update)

October 29, 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.
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