1. New Exhibit – Picture This: Photographs in 19th Century Illustration

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    While they continued to use lithographs, engravings, and woodcuts, nineteenth-century authors and publishers took advantage of advances in photographic and printing technology to improve the accuracy and quality of illustration. A sampling of medical publications from the Health Sciences Library’s Rare Books Collection is featured in the exhibit case on the 3rd floor, between the elevator and the Special Collections Room.

    [Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

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  2. Rare Book Profile: William Beaumont’s Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice, and the Physiology of Digestion.


    William Beaumont’s Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice, and the Physiology of Digestion  (Plattsburgh: F.P. Allen, 1833) marks a breakthrough in the understanding of digestive physiology.  Some of Beaumont’s  revelations include the fact that digestion is primarily chemical rather than physical, and the effects of factors such as spices, temperature, exercise, and emotions. Beaumont’s attitude toward and treatment of his subject also raises ethical issues in human experimentation.

    William Beaumont  (1785-1853) was born in Connecticut. He apprenticed in medicine in Vermont, and served as an army surgeon’s mate during the War of 1812. He briefly practiced medicine in Plattsburgh, New York after the war. He reenlisted in 1819 and was posted as surgeon to Fort Mackinac, in the Michigan Territory.

    At the American Fur Company store near Fort Mackinac In 1822, a young French-Canadian trapper named Alexis St. Martin was accidentally shot at close range by a musket loaded with duck shot.  Beaumont was summoned. St. Martin’s injuries were serious, and he was not expected to survive. Over the next two years, St. Martin recovered from his injuries, but despite Beaumont’s best efforts, the hole in his side did not close. According to Beaumont, St. Martin was healed by early 1824, but “the aperture remained; and the surrounding wound was firmly cicatrized to its edges,” leaving a hole into his stomach (a gastric fistula).

    The hole in his side left the trapper unable to continue his profession.  Beaumont contracted the illiterate young man to work as his servant, doing menial chores.  When Beaumont was transferred to Fort Niagara in 1825, St. Martin accompanied him, and his duties expanded to include serving as the subject of experiments, many of them painful.  A month later, St. Martin returned to Canada. In 1829, Beaumont was stationed in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. St. Martin, with wife and children in tow, returned to work for him, and research resumed until St. Martin left in 1831. In 1832, Beaumont took St. Martin to Washington, D.C.,  and continued experimenting until spring of 1833, when St. Martin left for Quebec ,and Beaumont went to Plattsburgh to prepare his book for publication.

    Beaumont was posted to St. Louis, Missouri in 1834. He wanted St. Martin to join him there, but was unwilling to bring St. Martin’s family.  Five years later, Beaumont resigned from the Army to avoid transfer to Florida, and he practiced medicine in St. Louis until 1853, when he died of a head injury from slipping on the icy steps of a patient’s home.  St. Martin lived until 1880. When he died at the age of 86, his family left his body out to rot, then buried it in an unmarked grave to prevent researchers from retrieving him for further study.

    The Health Sciences Library owns two copies of the first edition of Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice. Both were rebound by the library’s former director, Dr. Frank B. Rogers.  One copy once belonged to the University of Pennsylvania Library.

    Rare materials are available to individuals or groups by appointment on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, or at other times by arrangement. To schedule an appointment, contact Emily Epstein, emily.epstein@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-2119.

    [Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]  beaumont woodcut

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  3. Record your frustration with journal paywalls

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    Here at the Anschutz Medical Campus we have access to lots of lovely full text journal content, managed by the even lovelier librarians of our Health Sciences Library Collection Management team!   (This is our Library blog, so a shameless self reference seems appropriate!)

    But there are limits to our resources so you will sometimes find we don't subscribe to the journal that you need.

    In that case, you may want to use our electronic Interlibrary Loan service.   But before you skip over to the Library's website to put in a request, wouldn't it be great if you could publicly register your frustration over the lack of easy, inexpensive access to the full text you need?

    Now a group of students has come up with a simple way to " put denied access to research on the map".  Simply fill in a short form and add a link to your browser's bookmarks bar.  Then when you look for a journal the library doesn't subscribe to and isn't free online, just click the button.  A short form pops up in your browser, you fill it in and click submit. open access button 2

    Did lack of access "slow innovation, kill curiosity and harm patients"?  Or cause other harm to you, your project, or the community you serve?  Leave a short narrative to allow the Open Access Button to track your frustration.

    The Open Access Button adds your info (you can provide as much or as little as you like) to a map.  As other researchers in your area add to the map, you will see an aggregate number of the comments available.

    Related to this issue, how do you let the Library (and those lovely Collection Management librarians) know that you'd like us to obtain a book or consider subscribing to a journal?  Use the Library's "Suggest an item to be added to the library collection" form.


    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  4. Speaker Addresses Value of Repositories to Healthcare Community

    Dr. Phil Kroth talking about open access digital repositories.

    Dr. Philip Kroth, M.D., M.S., Director of Biomedical Informatics Research, Training and Scholarship at the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center and Associate Professor, School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico addressed the value of open access repositories to the healthcare community as part of the launch of Digital Collections of Colorado, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus’s new institutional repository. The event took place on October 24, 2013. Highlights:

    • Benefits are big: this service is a platform for exchanging ideas, making connections with others and surfacing or showcasing published and unpublished material.
    • Librarians should keep the messaging about the repository simple and jargon-free: describe it as service for putting posters, slides, course material, projects and supplementary items online.
    • Keep the depositing process as simple as possible.

    Slides from Dr. Kroth's presentation: http://repository.unm.edu/handle/1928/23414 About Digital Collections of Colorado, or contact heidi.zuniga@ucdenver.edu

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  5. Finding Researchers for Collaborative Scholarship

    On a large campus like ours, we sometimes wonder if someone we don't know is engaged in similar research right here on campus! Recently, I was asked to help find collaborators in Colorado for by a campus researcher.  There are two techniques that can further this search:

    1)   The “Colorado PROFILES” search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking provides tools to help investigators and students find experts, potential collaborators or mentors, and to view past and present research networking of our investigators.   You can search by Keyword, Researcher name, Institution or department, and Faculty type

    2)   A  PubMed search hedge for affiliated faculty helps narrow your search to researchers with interests similar to yours.   Type in yourtopic and then add the following search strategy:

    (colorado[ad] OR colo[ad] OR aurora[ad] OR denver[ad] OR anschutz[ad] OR fitzsimons[ad] OR 80262[ad] OR 80011[ad] OR 80045[ad]) NOT (Boulder[ad] or Fort Collins[ad] or Colorado State University[ad] or Colorado School of Mines[ad] or Colorado Springs[ad])

    So your search would look like this:

    yourtopic and (colorado[ad] OR colo[ad] OR aurora[ad] OR denver[ad] OR anschutz[ad] OR fitzsimons[ad] OR 80262[ad] OR 80011[ad] OR 80045[ad]) NOT (Boulder[ad] or Fort Collins[ad] or Colorado State University[ad] or Colorado School of Mines[ad] or Colorado Springs[ad])

    It’s not perfect and sometimes includes researchers that are not part of the Anschutz community, but it will get you closer to identifying the research of other faculty on our campus that intersects with your interests.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  6. Canadian Cochrane Centre "Different Evidence, Different Syntheses" Webinar Series

    Cochrane Canada

    The first of the series is on Thanksgiving Day, but this series looks really valuable for those interested in evidence based practice.

    Registration is required.



    Qualitative evidence synthesis and Cochrane Reviews
    Thursday, 28 November 2013, 12-1PM EST (Toronto); conducted in English

    This webinar will explore:  a) when to consider undertaking a synthesis of qualitative evidence; b) some frequently used methods and examples of  developing  methods for synthesising qualitative evidence; and c) approaches for integrating qualitative and quantitative findings.  Join Jane Noyes of the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group for the discussion.

    Overviews of reviews - what they are, what they aren't, and how and when to do one
    Thursday, 5 December 2013, 12-1PM EST (Toronto); conducted in English

    The Cochrane Child Health Field has conducted about 30 overviews of reviews - syntheses of data from two or more Cochrane reviews on interventions for a particular condition - according to the guidance laid out in the Cochrane Handbook.  In this webinar, Dr. Lisa Hartling and Denise Thomson from the Child Health Field will cover the process for conducting an overview: defining a viable topic, assembling the author team, managing the scope, etc.  We will also discuss the strengths of overviews, and the differences in time, methods and scope between overviews, systematic reviews and network meta-analyses.

    Introduction to concepts in network meta-analysis
    Thursday, 16 January 2014, 12-1PM EST (Toronto); conducted in English

    This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of network meta-analysis and will discuss advantages that it can offer over the traditional pairwise approach to meta-analysis. In this session, examples from the literature will be used to familiarize researchers with situations where network meta-analysis can be helpful, to introduce terminology and methodologic concepts which are involved with this approach to evidence synthesis, and to suggest helpful resources which can guide systematic reviewers with regard to both transparent reporting and critical appraisal of network meta-analyses. Join Dr. Brian Hutton from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Dr. David Moher’s Network Meta-Analysis research team for the discussion.

    An introduction to rapid reviews
    Thursday, 30 January 2014, 12-1PM EST (Toronto); conducted in English

    A rapid review (RR) is a type of literature review produced using accelerated and streamlined systematic review (SR) methods. In this webinar, we will cover:  a) the role of the Knowledge Synthesis Group of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) in rapid reviews including contexts in which rapid review work is conducted; b) their approach to rapid review methods and end products; c) their involvement with development of the Cochrane Response Rapid Reviews; and d) challenges, opportunities and lessons learned.  Presented by Adrienne Stevens and David Moher of the OHRI.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  7. Surviving your Medical Education

    Are you in an intimate relationship...while trying to navigate the responsibilities of medical school? Is medical school simply putting stress on you and your loved one(s)? If so (or not) you may want to check out, Intimate relationships in medical school: How to make them work available here at the Health Sciences Library.

    Or maybe you don't have time for a relationship, you're just trying to keep your head above water. Robert Coombs has some sage advice for you in his book, Surviving medical school. I'm sure most of our med students, however, aren't just surviving, they're doing fine. But is "fine" good enough? What if you want to excel! We have the book that reveals the tips and tricks on  How to excel in medical school.

    We all know med students have it tough, but what about nursing? I've had many a nursing student come into my office with bloodshot eyes and a dozen things on their agenda. From now on I'm going to recommend this book to them: Surviving nursing.

    Pharmacy students would benefit from our online book, Pharmacy student survival guide

    Several programs here on campus require students to dissect a human cadaver in the anatomy lab. It is an experience most of us will never have. But we can experience the philosophical musings of those who have through books like,  Body of work: Meditations on mortality from the human anatomy lab and  One breath apart: Facing dissectionFor those of you that have or are about to experience the anatomy lab, check out these books to prepare and compare your experience to the authors' here.

    Are you a woman struggling to be heard in the male-dominated world of academia and medicine? We have some support for you in the books,  Lifting a ton of feathers: A woman's guide for surviving in the academic world and Women in medicine: getting in, growing, and advancing.

    Are you about to finish that Ph.D., but you know life in the laboratory is not for you. Help is right here on campus. Explore different science career paths with our book, Alternative careers in science: Leaving the ivory tower. You can also contact the Alternatives in Science Club.

    The Health Sciences Library has these books and many more to help you through different phases of your medical education. Please see the complete list below. To put them on hold just follow the links.

    Medical School
    Coombs, R. H., & Virshup, B. (1998). Surviving medical school.
    Haas, J., & Shaffir, W. (1991). Becoming doctors: The adoption of a cloak of competence.
    Saks, NS. (2003). How to excel in medical school.
    Miller, R. H., & Bissell, D. M. (2006). Med School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Medical School Experience: By Students, for Students. Macmillan.
     Wiebe, C. (2000). The right price: how to pay for medical school and feel good about it.   
    Myers, M. F. (2000). Intimate relationships in medical school: How to make them work
    Kanoti, G. A. (2000). Ethical dilemmas: a values guide for medical students.
    HSL General Collection/ W 50 K155e 2000
    Kelman, E. G., & Straker, K. C. (2000). Study without stress: Mastering medical sciences.
    HSL General Collection/ W 18 K29s 2000
    Wischnitzer, S., & Wischnitzer, E. (2006). Wischnitzer's Residency Manual: Selecting, Securing, Surviving, Succeeding.
    Peterkin, A. (2004). Staying human during residency training.          
    Anatomy Lab
    Montross, C. (2007). Body of work: Meditations on mortality from the human anatomy lab.
    Bertman, S. L. (2009). One breath apart: Facing dissection.
    On the Ward
    Evans, D., & Patel, N. (2012). 101 Things to Do with Spare Moments on the Ward.
    Clinical Rotations
    Steingard, Michael A. (1998).  How to survive your clinical rotations: a clinically oriented guide for the students of medicine during their clinical years.
    Ways, P., Engel, J. D., & Finkelstein, P. (2000). Clinical Clerkships: the heart of professional development 
     Women in Academia and Medicine
    Caplan, P. (1993). Lifting a ton of feathers: A woman's guide for surviving in the academic world.
    Rittner, B. & Trudeau, P. (1997) The women's guide to surviving graduate school.
    Bickel, J. (2000). Women in medicine: getting in, growing, and advancing
    Minorities in Medicine
    Webb, C. (Ed.). (2000). Taking my place in medicine: A guide for minority medical students.
    Smythe, E. E. (1984). Surviving nursing
    Nemire, R.E. & Kier, K.L. (2009) Pharmacy student survival guide.
    Alternative Careers in Science
    Robbins-Roth, C. (Ed.). (2011). Alternative careers in science: Leaving the ivory tower.
    Compiled by Ben Harnke
    Education and Reference Librarian.
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  8. WISER for Windows 4.5 Now Available

    The National Library of Medicine's WISER for Windows 4.5 is now available. This new version of WISER fully integrates Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) content and updates the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to 2012.

    Here's a closer look at what's new in this release:
    • Full integration of CHEMM content, which includes:
    o New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles, along with a customized home screen for all WISER profiles
    o Acute care guidelines for six known mass casualty agents/agent classes
    o The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material
    o CHEMM Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST), a new help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident
    • ERG content is now updated to the 2012 release. This includes the full ERG 2012 tool.
    WISER for Windows 4.5 can be downloaded directly from the WISER website.

    Coming Soon

    Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:
    • WebWISER 4.5, which includes CHEMM integration, ERG 2012 updates, and more
    • WISER for Android 3.1, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform

    Dana Abbey, MLS
    Health Information Literacy Coordinator

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  9. Shopping for an e-book reader or tablet?

    This time of year "e-book reader" is on a lot of gift wish lists.   ebook-reader-or-tablet

    There's so many options now - should you get an e-reader that is offered by a specific bookseller (Kindle, Kobo, Nook), or go with an all around tablet and load apps for the different booksellers.

    If you're a smart shopper you've been looking for reviews.  TopTenReviews is offering guidance on both e-readers and tablets, so that you can make an educated selection.

    Do you have a reader or tablet you love?  Tell us all why in the comments space below!

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  10. PubMed Commons: A New Forum for Scientific Discourse

    If you're reading this, you probably spend a lot of time searching on PubMed.  Wouldn't it be great if you could read comments from other researchers when you viewed a PubMed record?

    This could soon be a reality through PubMed Commons.  Now in a pilot phase, PubMed Commons is looking for participants. Be a pioneer contributor to this new collaboratory comment system.  An FAQ shares information on PubMed Commons and can answer many of your questions about the new system.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  11. FYI: Trying to replace important documents?

    During the recent flooding many Coloradoans lost important documents.  This information may be helpful in locating the offices and agencies that can help you replace those papers:

    Did you lose any of your important personal papers in the recent flooding?  If so, you may be scrambling to remember everything that needs to be replaced, as well as figuring out where to go to get replacements.  The Colorado Division of Emergency Management has addressed this problem by posting a list on their blog with websites and contact information for obtaining birth, death, and marriage certificates; mortgage, property, and insurance papers; adoption, immigration, and military records; financial information; passports; drivers licenses and vehicle records; and more.  Even if you were not affected by the recent flooding, this is helpful information to keep on hand in case any of your important documents are ever lost or destroyed.

    Please note, the list links to a federal government website for obtaining birth, death, and marriage certificates.  However, if the birth, death, marriage, or divorce occurred in Colorado, you can obtain these records from the Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment's Vital Records Section.

    [From:  http://cospl.blogspot.com/2013/11/replacing-important-papers.html , published 11/14/2013]

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  12. NLM Activates Emergency Access Resources

    The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has activated the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) in support of medical efforts in the Philippines and surrounding areas following the devastating typhoon.  The Emergency Access Initiative  provides  free access to full-text articles from over 650 biomedical serial titles and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters.

    The Emergency Access Initiative serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users.  It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.  EAI is not an open access collection - it is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population.

    Access the collection @ Emergency Access Initiative.

    For questions regarding the Emergency Access Initiative, please email custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or 301-594-5983 internationally.

    For more information on the Emergency Access Initiative Information and other resources on disaster recovery.

    Dana Abbey, MLS
    Health Information Literacy Coordinator

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  13. Do you have a SciENCV?

    SciENCV is a feature of PubMed My NCBI that will allow you to create a CV/biosketch for use in NIH and other grant applications. SciENcv           When you log into My NCBI, you will see a panel in your dashboard for SciENCV. You can choose to import information from an existing eRA account. Or you can manually enter information using a form.  You will need to provide an ORCID author identification number. SciENcv2             Once you have uploaded information from your eRA account or manually entered information into the form, you can share your biosketch with others via a url.  You can also generate a pdf of your biosketch to share. If you need to delete, add, or edit an element of your SciENCV, click the Manage SciENCV link. SciENcv3     Click "add another entry", "show/hide entries", or  Delete or Edit to update your SciENCV. In the future you will be able to submit your SciENCV in place of the current NIH Biosketch, eliminating the need to keep an electronic biosketch document for submittal with grants. If you have questions about creating a SciENCV, contact Ask Us at the Health Sciences Library. For additional information about Author ID systems, see Find Your Scopus Author ID Number and Why should I create an Author Identifier? [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  14. New Resource Refresher: BrowZine and Mango

    browzine_shelf_ios_small_onDevice browzine_savedarticles_ios_onDevice_small  browzine_article_ios
    BrowZine The app that can help you stay current with academic journals!  After downloading the free BrowZine app select our institution: University of Colorado Health Sciences Library and enter your usual library login credentials. Authentication FAQs.
    The library only subscribes to the iOS version of this resource at this time. Reviews

    Mango screenshot  Mango mobiel

    Mango Languages: Online language-learning system. Users can choose to create a profile if they want to track learning progress, or click "Start Learning" to access Mango without a profile.
    Foreign courses for English speakers: Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (MSA), Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Medical Spanish, Russian, Tagalog, Vietnamese.
    English Courses: English for Chinese (Mandarin) speakers
    Mango is also mobile!

    [Heidi Zuniga, E-Resources Libarian]

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  15. Exhibit: 20th Century Microscopes

    003The Health Sciences Library is exhibiting a selection of our early 20th century microscopes.  The exhibit is on the second floor landing at the South side of the building.  The microscopes, made of brass, steel and glass, show the union of fine craftsmanship with precision research tools.  Included in the exhibit is an example of a Bausch & Lomb microscope and two Carl Zeiss microscopes.

    Also included in the exhibit is an image from what is perhaps the best known early treatise on the microscope was Robert Hooke's Micrographia: or, Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses.  Hooke was the curator of experiments at the Royal Society of London when he was asked to give a series of lectures on his experiments with the microscope.   He gave his first lectures in 1663, and in 1665 presented his work in the Micrographia.  It is one of the earliest books devoted to microscopy, based on demonstrations Hooke arranged for the Royal Society The Health Sciences Library is honored to have a copy of this wonderful book in our rare books collection. All the artifacts and rare books in the Library's collection are available for research with an appointment.



    Information on using these resources can be found on our website at: http://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/special-collections.

    Additionally, information and images of the artifacts are available on the Health Sciences Library's Digital Repository.

    [Paul Andrews, Collection Development]

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  16. FYI-Free Pill Identification & Information Database

    Here at the Health Sciences Library we often turn to Micromedex for pill images to identify loose medications.  There's both search by pill markings and by color, shape, pattern information.  But Micromedex's Drug Identification tool is an expensive licensed database and consumers can now turn to Pillbox, complete with 1800 images of prescription medications.  And now, app developers can access the 1800 images via the RxImage site.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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