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In the Know: Medical Resources @ Your Fingertips

19 October 2011 - 1:37pm by Lynn Sette

Ever wonder how to manage your research articles or what medical apps are available for your mobile device?  Come to a walk-up help session on Thursday, November 10th and librarians will answer these questions and many more.  Drop by to hear about new resources and tools to manage research articles and format your references.   Bring your iPad or smart phone for hands-on learning. 

For more information, contact Lynn Sette (737-2963) or Denise Hersey (785-6251) at the Medical Library.

Date: Thursday, November 10

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Place: YNHH second floor octagon

Sponsored by: The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

The Centennial Exhibit of the Yale Child Study Center

13 October 2011 - 12:00pm by Lynn Sette

“100 Years of Child Study at Yale", is on display in the rotunda at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.  The history of child development as a scientific field of study is primarily a story of the 20th century. The Yale Child Study Center stands as one of the few institutions – and the only one in a major University and School of Medicine – which has been a major source of leadership in the field from virtually the start of the field to the present.

This achievement has several important roots – the position of the Center in a large research university, the support of Medical School administration, the devotion of faculty, and the presence of the senior leadership. An important component has been the capacity for long-term planning and program development, the continuity of senior leadership, and a commitment to the career development of young scholars, clinicians, and scientists. Also, in the 100 years of its existence, from 1911 to 2011 the Center has had only six directors, each of whom has helped guide the Center during distinctive epochs in the fields of child development and child and adolescent psychiatry.

For more information, go to Child Study Center’s Centennial Website.


Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences – New Resource

10 October 2011 - 12:52pm by Lynn Sette

This new resource is a collection of e-books; it consists of 50-100 page electronic books.  Colloquium titles are dynamic presentations which synthesize an important research or development topic, written by scientists in the field for graduate students to researchers.  Colloquium covers cell and molecular biology and biomedicine and offers added synthesis, analysis and depth than journal articles making it a useful resource for students and researchers examining advances in another discipline.

Colloquium content is organized by series including

  • Integrated Systems Physiology: From Molecule to Function to Disease.
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology of Medicine
  • The Developing Brain
  • Biotechnology

Colloquium titles are available for digital download (PDF).

Visit here for more information.

Persian Manuscript Note Cards

24 August 2011 - 1:52am by Lynn Sette

Harvey Cushing’s prized book collection contains several Arabic and Persian manuscripts.  Faraḥ nāmah by al-Muṭahhar ibn Muḥammad Yazdī, copied in the 17th century from an 11th century manuscript, is a study of natural history, beautifully  illuminated with detailed multicolored illustrations of animals, birds, plants, stones and humans.

This manuscript, part of the Medical Historical Library’s collection, has recently been digitized by the Yale-SOAS Islamic Manuscript Gallery project and is available to view online.

The note cards highlight six images from the manuscript which were selected by Medical Library staff.  The sets of 6 cards are now available for purchase at the Circulation Desk in the Library.

Stop by the Circulation Desk to view the cards and purchase a set to send to your family and friends!

Two Hundred Years of Medical Education at Yale

8 June 2011 - 9:59am by Lynn Sette

On October 28, 1810, the Connecticut Legislature approved a charter to create a medical school at Yale.  The Medical Institution of Yale College, now Yale University School of Medicine, was the sixth medical school in the United States.  From a single rented building with five faculty members and no hospital in the state of Connecticut, the Yale School of Medicine, in association with Yale-New Haven Hospital, has grown to become a world-famous center for teaching, research, and clinical practice.

It was only in the twentieth century, after affiliation with the New Haven Hospital, the forming of departments, and the full-time system, that Yale became a leader in biomedical research and clinical care. However, the mission to educate medical students goes back to the beginning of the school’s history.  This final Bicentennial exhibit focuses on the Medical School’s teaching mission over the past 200 years.

The roughly chronological exhibit has two parts. Part I in the Medical Library rotunda traces the fundamental changes in medical education from an eight-month supplement to apprenticeship  in 1813 to the establishment of the Yale System of Medical Education in 1925-1931.  Part II, from the 1930s to the present, is located in the lobby outside the Library.  The exhibit is supplemented by original historical photographs and engravings in the hallway of the Library.  All materials on display, unless otherwise noted, are from the Historical Library.  “200 Years of Medical Education” is curated by Toby A. Appel, former John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History.

The exhibit goes to September 11. It is in the Medical Library rotunda, hallway, and lobby.

Cushing Center Tours

17 May 2011 - 7:56am by Lynn Sette

Have you visited The Cushing Center in the Medical Library yet?

There is much to see and discover in the Cushing Center so we invite you to explore.  Each week we offer two tours: Thursday at 2:00 and Friday at 10:00. The tour lasts about one hour.  There is no need to sign up, just come to the Cushing Center. Take the stairway on the right from the Information Room.

The Cushing Center is arguably as unique as the collection itself.  Named for 1891 Yale College graduate, Harvey Cushing, M.D., the father of modern neurosurgery, the Cushing Center houses more than the 400 jars of patients’ brains and tumors; it also houses a selection from Cushing’s book collection—thousands of first and second editions of every major medical and scientific text from the 11th century through the 18th—and a few of the many books penned by Cushing himself. A body of work whose artistic significance rivals its medical and historic significance, the exhibit also includes Cushing’s skillful surgical illustrations and dramatic black and white portraits of his patients.

In addition to the specimens on display, take time to view the videos, browse the books, open the drawers beneath the exhibit cases, light up the cases to get a better view of some of Dr. Cushing’s most prized books and manuscripts, and fold out the large poster display doors to view reproductions of Cushing’s own artwork, and more.

National Library of Medicine Celebrates its 175th Anniversary

17 May 2011 - 7:51am by Lynn Sette

In 1836, the library of the U.S. Army Surgeon General consisted of a small collection of medical books on one shelf. Today, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world’s largest biomedical library. With some 14 million items in more than 150 languages, it is the worldwide leader in trusted medical and health information and innovation.

But this unique library is about much more than books. Every day it delivers trillions of bytes of data crucial to the lives of millions everywhere. NLM–designed databases and tools lead people to helpful medical literature and health information; help researchers study genes and their role in disease; provide emergency responders with critical information on hazardous substances, and much, much more.

The Library is a leader in biomedical informatics, which is the use of computers and communications technology in biology, medicine, and health. NLM conducts and funds informatics research and trains future generations of scientists and information specialists. It plays an essential role in the development of electronic health records, health data standards, and the exchange of health information.

In 1971, for example, NLM created Medline, an online database of references to the biomedical literature. Completely free access to Medline began in 1997 through PubMed, a new access system.  Today, PubMed/Medline contains over 20 million references to articles published in more than 5,300 current biomedical journals from the U.S. and over 80 foreign countries. It is approaching one billion searches a year from users worldwide.

NLM’s information services and research programs serve the nation and the world by supporting scientific discovery, clinical research, education, health care delivery, public health response, and the empowerment of people to improve personal health.

The Library is committed to the innovative use of computing and communications to enhance effective public access to understanding and discovery in human health. - Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D.,Director, National Library of Medicine

Film Showing at the Medical Library

27 April 2011 - 10:52am by Lynn Sette

If you missed the premiere showing in the Harkness Auditorium in an early April, we invite you to come to the library to view the film about the School of Medicine, created in celebration of the school’s Bicentennial.

The half-hour film, by Emmy Award–winning director and producer Karyl Evans, chronicles the rise of the School of Medicine from its origins as the Medical Institution of Yale College in 1810 to its current incarnation as one of the world’s major centers for biomedical research; clinical care; and the education of physicians, scientists, physician associates, and public health professionals. “Ancient Art, Modern Science” showcases recent advances in research and patient care at Yale and provides a glimpse of things to come as the school enters its third century.


11 April 2011 - 10:07pm by Lynn Sette

TOXNET is a cluster of 16 databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas. It is a rich resource, freely available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Some of the databases include:
HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank)
CCRIS (Chemical Carinogenesis Research Information System)
ITER (International Toxicity Estimates for Risk)
TOXLINE (Toxicology Literature Online)
DART/ETIC (Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology /Environmental Teratology Information Center)
CPDB (Carcinogenic Potency Database)
CTD (Comparative Toxicogenomics Database)

Visit TOXNET: Toxicology Data Network Factsheet to see the full list of databases with information about each database or go directly to TOXNET to begin searching.

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