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YSM theses now available through EliScholar

15 December 2015 - 11:37am by Andy Hickner

(by Nathan Rupp and Melissa Grafe) Nearly 900 Yale School of Medicine theses are now available through Yale University’s online institutional repository known as EliScholar. These include “current” theses published in the last decade that have come out of embargo as well as several YSM alumni theses published as far back as 1952. These theses document the rich research done by Yale’s medical students, and can provide a starting point for current medical students embarking on their projects.  We’re also pleased to make this part of our collection more openly accessible to researchers in general, as the print theses are stored in locked stacks at the Medical Library.  Current YSM students can browse this collection for examples of what a YSM thesis looks like. For more information about accessing theses at the Medical Library, please see https://library.medicine.yale.edu/collections/thesis.

Yale Physician Associate Program recognizes 3 librarians

10 December 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

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

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 Centers for Disease Control 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

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? Smokers may find the American Cancer Society's website helpful, in particular its "Stay Away from Tobacco" section.  Yale clinicians can refer to Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, a guideline from the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. For point of care reference, DynaMed offers a chapter on "Treatment for tobacco use," last updated October 30, 2015. 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.  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

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

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