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Together, We Remember

15 February 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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".
  3. The Contraband Hospital and the people that had an important role in the hospital including the various African American surgeons that staffed the hospital.

Clinical Trial Information

9 January 2013 - 11:05am by Lynn Sette is a web-based resource that provides publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants on a wide range of diseases and conditions conducted around the world. currently lists over 138,000 studies with locations in all 50 states and in 182 countries.

What Information can I find?

Current and completed studies. Each disease or condition entry contains the title, design of the study, intervention, eligibility criteria, location and contact information. Also, some studies include results information.

Provide information to patients about clinical trials.

Find out how to register your study, submit and maintain study records, enter summary information, protocols and results.

What can I do on this site?

  • Find and view clinical trials
  • Learn more about clinical research
  • Manage study records
  • Learn how to read a study record
  • Download content for analysis

National Cancer Institute - Clinical Trials

Search the National Cancer Institute’s list of clinical trials, 8,000 currently recruiting and 19,000 closed trials, browse recent clinical trial results by type of cancer or topic, and find information for investigators and research teams about conducting clinical trials.  Also, includes finding and understanding cancer statistics and statistical tools and data for researchers.

Read NCI in the News, NCI Highlights or set-up a RSS feed to keep up-to-date.

Become a Friend of the Medical Library

28 November 2012 - 2:44pm by Lynn Sette

Library users know the value of the Library, its staff, and collections to assist their everyday needs.  Become a Medical Library Associate (in essence a friend of the Library) and take pride in knowing that you will help enrich and preserve collections, as well as create infrastructure to support the Library’s important role in the Yale Medical Center. Your commitment will help to ensure the continued excellence of the Library and its dedication to lifelong learning.

Help us to:

  • Enrich collections
  • Preserve treasures
  • Digitize rare books
  • Build collaborative spaces
  • Support teaching and research

Please visit the Associates web page and click on Get Involved or contact Katie Hart – 203-785-5352.

Database Reloads and Updating

28 November 2012 - 2:06pm by Lynn Sette

Annually at this time of year, database producers including the National Library of Medicine update their databases with new subject headings.

What does this mean for you?

It means the database will not be updated until the reload is complete, also if you receive an alerting update for newly added citations, it will stop temporarily.

This maintenance usually takes only 1-2 weeks.  Call us if you have any questions 203-737-4065.


12 November 2012 - 2:58pm by Lynn Sette

A global infectious disease database designed to assist in diagnosing infectious diseases and staying current on the latest trends in epidemiology and treatment. Used for diagnosis and reference in the field of tropical and infectious diseases, epidemiology, microbiology and antimicrobial chemotherapy. GIDEON has 3 modules: Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, and Occupational Toxicology.

Examples of cases using GIDEON:

Sample search - All tick-borne, viral diseases of Kenya


26 October 2012 - 1:42pm by Lynn Sette

Need information on population, family planning or reproductive health and development?

Popline is a comprehensive international resource on these topics plus research in contraceptive methods, family planning services, research in human fertility, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS in developing countries, program operations and evaluation, demography, and other related health, law, and policy issues. 

POPLINE helps program managers, policy makers, and service providers in low-resource countries and in development-supportive agencies and organizations gain access to the population literature.  POPLINE includes journal articles and other scientific, technical, and programmatic publications as well as unpublished documents and project reports (gray literature). The majority of items are published from 1970 to the present, however, there are selected citations dating back to 1827.

What's New

The Journal of Development Effectiveness publishes papers reporting evidence of impact of development interventions.  The September 2012 special issue highlights why systematic reviews should be an important component of evidence-informed development policy and practice.

POPLINE includes these articles from the September 2012 issue:

  • Why do we care about evidence synthesis? An introduction to the special issue on systematic reviews.
  • How to do a good systematic review of effects in international development: a tool kit.
  • Systematic reviews: from 'bare bones' reviews to policy relevance.
  • Narrative approaches to systematic review and synthesis of evidence for international development policy and practice.

Click on More under Resources to find POPLINE.

The Cochrane Library: New Search Interface

24 September 2012 - 1:01pm by Lynn Sette

Users will see major changes to the layout of search pages of the Cochrane Library and can now use a new range of search features including: 

  • Updated display of search results
  • Ability to view search terms and results on the same page
  • Ability to insert lines and add one search to another
  • Improved MeSH look-up feature
  • Hover-over Tool Tips giving a brief explanation of the functions
  • Auto-suggest features within both basic and MeSH search functions

All previously saved searches will be transferred onto the new search platform, with no action required.

For help with the new interface, try the Cochrane Library Tour.

The New Haven Green: Heart of a City

13 September 2012 - 1:10pm by Lynn Sette

Beaumont Medical Club Lecture

September 14, 2012 5:00 p.m.
Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

The New Haven Green: Heart of a City

by Ms. Karyl Evans
Producer and Director

Karyl Evans is a documentary film maker whose work has been recognized with five Emmy awards.  Ms. Evans’ recent films have dealt with Connecticut history and include films about African-Americans in Connecticut, the Amistad revolt, and the Grove Street Cemetery.  She was the producer and director of the recent film celebrating the 200th anniversary of Yale School of Medicine.  Her presentation to the Beaumont club will be a discussion and a screening of her most recent film, a history of the New Haven Green.

Ms. Evans is an Associate Fellow of Jonathan Edwards College and a member of the Beaumont Medical Club.                  

Tea will be served at 4:30 in the Beaumont Room

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