1. Free books for Psychiatry Online registered users

    Are you registered for PsychiatryOnline? There's a bonus for registering. You can access the Book of the Month from the PsychiatryOnline home page.psychonline

    November brings Clinical Manual of Electroconvulsive Therapy, Mehul V. Mankad, M.D., John L. Beyer, M.D., Richard D. Weiner, M.D., Ph.D., and Andrew Krystal, M.D.

    Increasingly, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is recognized as a proven, effective, and even life-saving intervention in certain mood and thought disorders when other treatments have had little or no effect. Despite the proven efficacy and safety of this standard treatment in psychiatry, its availability is variable. Part of this disparity in access is related to misunderstanding by laypersons regarding the treatment and its potential adverse effects. Adequate education and training of psychiatrists and their support staff are essential to ensuring patients’ access to this vital treatment tool. The authors of Clinical Manual of Electroconvulsive Therapy offer this expansive yet reader-friendly volume to help psychiatrists successfully incorporate ECT into their clinical practices. It is also a valuable resource for medical students and psychiatric residents, as well as experienced clinicians and researchers.

    The book updates the 1985 original and 1998 second edition of Electroconvulsive Therapy: A Programmed Text, and provides readers with a scheduled approach to understanding the fundamental concepts of ECT while offering practical guidance for establishing and maintaining an ECT program. Topics include the history of ECT, indications for use, patient referral and evaluation, the basics of ECT, clinical applications, anesthetics and other medications, seizure monitoring and management, ictal motor and cardiovascular response, adverse effects, and maintenance ECT. Included are detailed descriptions of recent advances including ultra-brief pulse ECT, oxygenation, muscle relaxation, and other modifications that have made this very effective treatment much safer and more acceptable to patients.

    Currently, it is estimated that more than 100,000 people receive ECT treatments each year in the U.S. Indications for use of ECT are for mood disorders such as major depressive disorder and mania, and thought disorders including schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Indications for use in other psychiatric disorders and general medical disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, which appears to respond especially well to ECT, are reviewed as well. This highly-readable manual is a must-have for the library of any clinician interested in or currently practicing ECT:

    •     Provides background information on the origins of psychiatric treatments preceding ECT, including efforts using hydrotherapy and insulin comas
    •     Includes an algorithm for the management of ECT seizure adequacy
    •     Discusses contraindications as well as the potential adverse effects of ECT, including cognitive changes and cardiovascular complications
    •     Provides specific information about ECT device manufacturers, reprintable patient information sheets, and a written informed consent form

    This clinical manual comprehensively explores and explains the available knowledge regarding ECT—based on extensive research over the past 70 years—in order to help potential ECT clinicians make informed choices about the development and management of their ECT program.

    You can access the Book of the Month from the home page at PsychiatryOnline

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  2. Book Review: The Lady and Her Monsters

    UPDATE, 10/30/13: The Shelley-Godwin Archive, an online collection of materials related to Mary and Percy Shelley, William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft has just been announced.  First available from the archive, on October 31st, are Mary Shelley's notebooks with notes and ideas and early drafts of Frankenstein.  A facsimile edition exists, but its small print run and expensive price tag made it a rarity on it's own.  The project pulls together rare and rarely seen materials from private collections, the New York Public Library and Oxford's Bodeian Library. 

    The_Lady_And_Her_MonstersThis time of year numerous versions of Frankenstein show at horror film festivals and on third tier cable channels.  Have you ever wondered how a teenaged Mary Shelly could have imagined such a tale?

    If you were looking for a 19th century equivalent to the Kardashians, look no further than Mary Shelly and her half sister, Claire Clairmont,.  The sisters were certainly scandalous enough and their personal lives were widely reported in British newspapers and gossiped about in the finer circles.  Just half of their antics would have invited derision and ridicule from the general public.

    But the sisters weren't your typical celebrities and Mary Shelly was possessed of a singular intellect.  Their father,  William Godwin and Mary's mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, were prominent authors and proponents of some of the most outlandish and progressive ideas of their time.  Mary's mother died shortly after her birth, and Mary was educated by her father, reading (especially her mother's writing and her father's frank memoir of their love and marriage), and the ideas of her father's intellectual circle - a who's who of enlightenment and neoclassical scientists, philosophers, and artists of the day.

    Tales of Galvanism, grave robbing for anatomical study and other grisly talk fascinated Mary.  All coalesced when she engaged in a ghost story competition with traveling companions in 1816.  Her tale of re-animation has become one of the great horror stories, retold and re-interpreted through the years.

    Roseanne Montillo investigates and relates the origins of Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus, examining the influence of Mary's personal life, society, and the scientific, philosophic, cultural, and legal ideas and personalities of the time. Montillo sheds light on the often grisly efforts to animate corpses with electrical charges and the shady, but still legal at the time, business of grave robbing to supply "fresh" corpses for experimentation.  She also links the life of the author with her intellectual surroundings to demonstrate without a doubt that only someone with Shelly's personal and intellectual history could have conceived such a monster.  (Debate still rages over which is the monster - Dr. Frankenstein, or his re-animated corpse.)

    Montillo has engaged readers at the nexus of literature and history of science to introduce fans of Frankenstein to the unique world of Mary Shelly and the tale that only Shelly could have imagined. I doubt the Kardashians will offer such an enduring legacy.

    The lady and her monsters : a tale of dissections, real-life Dr. Frankensteins, and the creation of Mary Shelley's masterpiece / Roseanne Montillo.
    Publisher New York : Willam Morrow, c2013. Edition 1st ed.  HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor WZ 330 M792L 2013


    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  3. Medicine in Media: A Young Doctor’s Notebook

    DVD cover A Young Doctor’s Notebook is a dark comedy based on the short stories of Russian author, playwright, and physician Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940). The story follows a newly graduated physician, played by Daniel Radcliffe, assigned to be the sole physician in a small hospital in an extremely remote village. The doctor’s older self, played by John Hamm narrates the young man’s struggle to deal with the realities of his new career: uneducated,superstitious, and sometimes violent patients; limited resources; the skeptical , jaded hospital staff; his highly regarded predecessor; the isolation of a Russian winter, and his own inexperience. The story  deals with the young man’s coming of age, the history of medicine, Russian history,  medical ethics, and drug addiction as it shifts from the now of the fledgling doctor writing in his notebook in 1917, to the now of  his older self, reading the notebook in 1934. The older man frequently enters his younger self’s reality, offering advice and criticism—both unwanted.

    The first four episodes of A Young Doctor’s Notebook’s  aired on the Sky Arts channel in the U.K in 2012, with another four episodes filmed in 2013. The first season debuted  in the U.S. on the Ovation Network in October 2013, and the second season has not yet aired here.  The first season can be viewed through Amazon Instant Video and on DVD, but the second season is not yet available.

    [Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

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  4. Rare Book Profile: Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent’s A Choice Manual, or, Rare and Select Secrets in Physick and Chirurgery.

    Elizabeth Grey’s A Choice Manual, or, Rare and Select Secrets in Physick and Chirurgery (London: Gartrude Dawson, 1659) is a collection of household recipes, published with her A True Gentlewomans Delight, Wherein is Contained all Manner of Cookery. The collections were edited with additions by W. Jar,” a professor of physick.” While A Choice Manual and A True Gentlewoman’s Delight have separate title pages and pagination, and are sometimes bound separately, they were printed and sold as a single work. The first part is mainly medicinal, while the second is entirely culinary, although some of the ingredients in the medicinal recipes now seem more like food than medicine.
    Elizabeth Talbot Grey (1581-1651) was the eldest daughter of Gilbert Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and a granddaughter of Bess of Hardwick. She married Henry Grey, Earl of Kent in 1601. She was well educated, a patron of scholars and poets, and the employer of Robert May, famous for his book The Accomplisht Cook (1660). She was known for her medical knowledge. Her sister, Alethea Howard, Countess of Arundel, shared her interests, and published her own recipe collection, Natura Exenterata. A True Gentlewomans Delight includes a recipe for Lady of Arundels Manchet (white bread).

    The first edition of the Countess’s compilation was printed in 1653 by Gartrude Dawson, who took over her husband’s London print shop after his death. Instead of addressing a nobleman, the dedication of A Choice Manual is to “the virtuous and most noble Lady, Latitia Popham,” the wife of a supporter of Oliver Cromwell, and A True Gentlewomans Delight is dedicated to Mistress Anne Pile, a baronet’s daughter. The book was a bestseller, with many updated editions. The 22nd and last edition was published in 1726.

    The Health Sciences Library’s copy is the 11th edition, published 1659. The title page of the first section and the last 4 pages of the second have been damaged, with a slight loss of text, and the book lacks the Countess’ portrait. It came to the library as a gift from the Denver Medical Society, and was rebound in brown leather by Frank B. Rogers.

    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]

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  5. 2013 Election Information

    2013 is an off-year election cycle with many local level non-partisan races such as city council or trustee, school boards, and ballot issues.

    The following sites provide information about 2013 elections:

    Register to vote.  To vote in the 2013 coordinated election, register online by Monday, October 28th or in person at your county's election office or a voter service and polling center through election day.

    If you need information about voting in local elections contact your city or county clerk.

    You can access the Colorado Blue Book to read about statewide ballot issues.  There is a recorded version of the Colorado Blue Book for the upcoming election.

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  6. Capture and Share Your White Boarding at the HSL

    The END of BAD cellphone photos of your white board sessions!
    Come check out the eBeams at the Health Sciences Library.

    Brainstorm & Recordphoto: eBeam kit

    • Quickly illustrate visual ideas, write notes, and draw diagrams on your whiteboard. As you draw, all your notes record simultaneously on your computer. As you change the content on your whiteboard, the digital file changes too


    • Keep fellow students and colleagues on the same page. Broadcast your whiteboard in real-time across the internet using the secure eBeam server. Remote participants may join the session and save the notes locally.

    Save, Edit and Distribute

    • With your whiteboard files stored on your computer, you can reference, reuse or forward to fellow students or colleagues for further collaboration at any time.

    eBeam Capture allows you to transform the dry-erase content written on a whiteboard into files that can be saved, shared and retrieved. Just come to the library and ask at the Service Desk to check out the eBeam. It's easy to use - we'll show you how!

    photo: white board in use

    Note: At the present time the devices are limited to in-library use, 4 hour checkout.

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  7. Website feedback and improvements


    We've made the following changes and updates in an effort to continually improve the library's website.

    Website updates for Aug-Sept:

    1. E-books: view by subject
    2. Bates Videos page: added a table of contents and improved technical help
    3. Hours: hover to view current week's hours


    View all website-related feedback and updates

    Usability testing 

    We're going to be conducting both live and online usability testing in order to gather feedback from faculty, staff, and students. This feedback will help inform our design decisions. Please contact us if you’d like to participate in our usability testing. Thank you!

    [Vivienne Houghton, Web Services Librarian]

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  8. The 2nd Floor Quiet Computing Lab is open!

    Need a quiet place to use the computer? Six new thin client terminals are available in the 2nd Floor Quiet Computing Lab!

    The lab is located near the Study Room in the library’s designated Quiet Zone on the 2nd Floor.

    The new terminals run on Windows 7, and offer the same options offered on the first floor, including MS Office, Endnote workstation, and SPSS workstation.

    This new computing area is for the library’s primary users only – meaning students, staff and faculty of the CU Denver Anschutz Medical Campus and University of Colorado Hospital.


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  9. Website feedback and improvements


    We recently launched our website's fresh new look on August 12, 2013. Since then, we've made the following changes in response to feedback and suggestions from students, staff, and faculty.

    Feedback from Aug-Sept:

    1. Blackboard added to top right menu
    2. Canvas and Office 365 email added to top right menu
    3. “Renew a book” added under “SERVICES”
    4. Online Tutorials added to Featured Links on homepage
    5. CU Denver links added to the footer
    6. New color scheme patterned after AMC website

    View all website-related feedback and updates

    Thank you and we look forward to receiving more feedback from our campus community!

    [Vivienne Houghton, Web Services Librarian]

    Web updates homepage

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  10. EndNote Training

    ALL of our EndNote classes are full through the end of 2013!

    While we sort out how to keep up with demand for EndNote training your options are:

    •  a handout on our website:  Introduction to EndNote
    • EndNote.com offers their own classes online in live webinars and recorded tutorials. (Roll over the Training tab to select an option)
    • An individual training session scheduled at your convenience.  Use our Ask Us form and select "I need to schedule a consultation" in the Ask a Question or Schedule a Consultation menu
    • Get your own group together to request a class.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  11. Submit to The Human Touch 2014 Arts Anthology

    The Human Touch 2014: An Anthology

     Faculty, staff and students of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are invited to submit prose, poetry, photography and graphic art for publication in the 2014 edition of the Human Touch.

     Submission Deadline:  December 18, 2013

     Please read and follow the submission instructions.

     Direct questions or concerns to:

    <sara.parke@ucdenver.edu> or <lauren.king@ucdenver.edu>

    Volumes 1- 6 are available in digital format.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  12. WELCOME! Top Facts for New Students, Staff, and Faculty

    Ask us buttonNow that you’ve had a little time to settle in, purchase your textbooks, and figure out where you can find lunch, we want you to know that the Health Sciences Library website is the gateway for many services. You can:

    Although you can get to most Library resources without ever leaving your home, there are many reasons to visit the Library:

    • Laptop access to the Internet and Library resources via the campus' wireless Guest or
    • UCDenver networks throughout and around the Library
    • iPads with pre-loaded applications, art, and productivity tools to check out
    • 49 computer workstations in the Information Commons, some with unique software like SPSS and SAS, VH Dissector Pro, and MS Office. One workstation is equipped with ZoomText for the visually impaired and four have document scanners
    • Get help locating evidence-based information, clinical care information, or primary source articles
    • Receive training and assistance with EndNote (recommended for faculty and researchers) or with EndNote Basic (recommended for students)
    • Reserve one of our group study rooms or individual study booth featuring ample natural lighting and space for one to ten users. Other group rooms require no reservations --they are first-come-first-serve. You can connect your laptop to the flat-panel LCD screens to show a presentation or website to your study room audience or use the whiteboards to facilitate group study sessions (check out a set of whiteboard markers at the Desk)
    • Roll one of three mobile whiteboards to your study nook! (check out a set of whiteboard markers at the Desk)
    • Study or take a break outdoors using any one of several Library patios. Wireless Internet and electrical outlets are available on the patios
    • Reserve one of the Library’s meeting rooms for your group meeting of 12 – 50 participants
    • Hungry? Thirsty? Visit the Library Café next to the front entrance. The Cafe offers coffee, snacks, sandwiches, and salads. Food and drink is allowed in our Library, in fact, we provide vending machines, a refrigerator and microwave located on the first floor, for Library visitors (NOTE: The Café is currently closed, but will re-open soon with new offerings)

    Especially for Students!

     The Health Sciences Library offers many services especially for students:

     Especially for Staff and Faculty!

    [Lynne Fox, Education Librarian, John Jones, Reference Librarian, and Tina Moser, Access Librarian] 

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  13. EndNote Basic Tutorial Now Available!

    EndNote Web recently changed its name to EndNote Basic.  It's still the great, free resource for reference management. And now it supports uploads of up to 2 GBs of attached documents, allowing you to keep your article pdfs and files in the cloud! Please view a video tutorial if you'd like to learn how to sign up for an account via Web of Science, load references into your EndNote Web library from Web of Science, Google Scholar, or PubMed, and output the references in a reference list in a particular style and use "Cite While You Write" in MS Word. Also available:

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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