Thursday, November 30, 2017

DeBakey and the Education of American Surgeons

"Michael DeBakey came to Houston in 1948 as the new chairman of the Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine." This brief but interesting overview by Dr. Justin Barr in NLM's Circulating Now describes "the state of American surgery in the 1940s and 1950s. In the early 20th century, most surgeons trained by a combination of apprenticeship and post-graduate courses.  This model worked well enough when operations were rare and relatively simple" but as medicine grew more complex, changes were needed. DeBakey began to push residency programs and board certification to improve the training level of Houston surgeons.

Contributor Dr. Barr was a Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine at the National Library of Medicine in 2017.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

UTSW Orthopaedics Portal - eBooks and eJournals!

An Orthopaedics Portal to electronic books, journals and websites has been created for you by the medical librarian who is the UTSW Library’s liaison to their Orthopaedics Department, Helen Mayo. If you are on staff there and have active login credentials, you can reach those books and journals. 

They have eBooks we do not have, such as Green’s Skeletal Trauma in Children (5th ed, 2015) and a couple of very new spine surgery books (Spine Surgery, 3rd ed., 2018, and Benzel’s Spine Surgery, 4th ed., 2017).

In sports medicine they have a nice list of journal titles plus three sports medicine books (Drez and Drez, 4th ed., 2015; Nuclear Medicine and Radiologic Imaging in Sports Injuries, 2015; and Surgical Techniques of the Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee in Sports Medicine, 2nd ed., 2013).  Take a look at the Total Joints section for even more knee books.  

Look at the Portals tab for more lists of resources, including an excellent section on evidence-based medicine. She’s done a great job!

You can find a link to the portal on your OpenAthens home page, bottom of the center panel. If you go to the UTSW Library home page you will also see a Portals tab near the top.  

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Understand Your Lab Tests with NLM’s MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine now offers clear, understandable information about your lab tests, such as why it was ordered and what the results mean. Currently 50 topics are included in English and Spanish, with 75 more to be added soon.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

New eBooks Available - Lots of Sports Medicine and Nursing

The Library has added a number of eBooks recently! Many relate to nursing and several are on sports medicine topics. All can also be found by title by looking in the library catalog. If you are off campus you will need to sign in using OpenAthens to reach the content. There are limits on how many can use any one title at a time, so if you cannot access it, try later or try another title!
Is there a book that would be useful to you – in print or online? Send your suggestions!

Sports Medicine Titles

Nursing Titles
Evidence-Based Nursing, 4th ed., 2018
Pain Management Nursing, American Nurses Association, 2nd ed., 2016

Living with Spina Bifida 1997, 2004 ed.

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Look in the library’s online catalog by title to find the books. If you have questions, contact the librarian.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The CRISPR bacteria connection

Heard the word "CRISPR" mentioned in genetics-related stories recently? Do you know how it was developed? This new article from Genetics Home Reference explains the bacteria connection!

"CRISPR-Cas9 was adapted from a naturally occurring genome editing system in bacteria. The bacteria capture snippets of DNA from invading viruses and use them to create DNA segments known as CRISPR arrays. The CRISPR arrays allow the bacteria to "remember" the viruses (or closely related ones). If the viruses attack again, the bacteria produce RNA segments from the CRISPR arrays to target the viruses' DNA. The bacteria then use Cas9 or a similar enzyme to cut the DNA apart, which disables the virus."

Genetics Home Reference from the National Library of Medicine is useful resource to learn about how genes and health are connected.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Now Online - Bowden and Greenberg Pediatric Nursing Procedures, 4th ed.,

Bowden and Greenberg's Pediatric Nursing Procedures (4th ed., 2016) is now available online throughout the hospital and remotely! This is the nursing standard used by the hospital.

There are links to it in several places on the library website

It is also accessible remotely via OpenAthens (contact the library for an account). Find the title in the center panel under "Looking for an online book."
If you need assistance, just contact the Medical Library. Be sure to log off when done so that others can also use it.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

DeBakey Papers Now NLM Digital Archive

Dr. Michael DeBakey, known for the coronary bypass, is now featured in the archives of the National Library of Medicine. Selections from the Michael E. DeBakey Papers collection, including publications, speeches, drawings, correspondence, portraits, oral history interviews and video recordings, can be freely viewed online. His advocacy is a big reason the National Library of Medicine exists today. NLM has also launched a fellowship program in his honor.

DeBakey “translated his expertise in the OR into political and policy capital on local, national and international levels to affect medical research funding, medical education and broader disease awareness” said Dr. Shelley McKellar, Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at Western University in London, Canada, speaking at the first annual NLM Michael DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine on March 2, 2017.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

NLM Associate Fellow Visits TSRHC Libraries

The TSRHC hospital libraries were visited by representatives of the National Library of Medicine today. Tyler Moses, an NLM Associate Fellow, came to north Texas to spend time at the National Network of Libraries South Central Region (NNLM SCR) headquarters. Dan Burgard is Director of the NNLM SCR program, which is based at the Lewis Library at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth and supports 5 states.

While at the hospital Moses and Burgard met with Mary Peters (Medical Library) and with Mary Anne Fernandez and Jill Johnson (Family Resource Center) to tour the Brandon Carrell Medical Library and the Christi Carter Urschel Family Resource Center. Moses has just completed her Fort Worth visit and will now visit the UT Southwestern Library in Dallas for several day

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program is a highly selective one year postgraduate training opportunity at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland. Moses is one of only 4 fellows in the class of 2016-17. The program provides a broad foundation in heath sciences information services as preparation for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research.  

photo by Rick Smith, TSRHC Communications

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Eugene Garfield, a Pioneer in Information Science

Eugene Garfield can certainly be considered one of the giants of information science. Garfield’s life, as shared in his obituary by Subbiah Arunachala, is intertwined with the history of the development of machine indexing and use of the computer’s capability to enable access to scientific papers by exploring the basic tool of the citation.  This pioneer in information studies created Current Contents, Science Citation Index and his company ISI. He did groundwork that led to the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). He made great leaps by recognizing the value of the citation itself and developing a way to make them more accessible to researchers. 

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including Was the Science Citation Index concept inevitable? (mentions the value of the citation). Link at
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Unpaywall, a new tool to locate free full text

Here’s a new way to find full text content offered freely somewhere online! 

Easily install Unpaywall’s little lock symbol to your tool bar (Chrome or Firefox required). Then if you encounter an article for which a free full text source is available, a larger lock will appear on the right. A simple click takes you to the article. Since Unpaywall only matches with legally uploaded versions, it can be a great addition to your web search tools and will compliment other resources you may use.
Unpaywall should be officially released in early April, and developer Impactstory welcomes input.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Journals - What’s New in Your Favorites? Easy eTOCs!

A new PubMed Labs experiment offers a super awareness tool, PubMed Journals. It is a fast and current way to follow the latest releases from your favorite health science journals that are indexed in MEDLINE – or at least know when they show up in PubMed. First you do need to have a My NCBI account, a service that offers lots more useful features and doesn’t send you junk mail. Once you have that, set it to stay signed in so any time you go to PubMed you’ll be in your account. If you want to see what the library offers, be sure to use our unique address (or this one if you are on staff at the med school).

Then locate PubMed Journals in the lower left of the PubMed home page. Enter a title in the search box at PubMed Journals (if you type slowly a suggestion list will appear!). No additional sign-in is needed, no registration at the publisher website. No email alerts clogging up your in-box! Your list of titles followed is right on the page. Easily discontinue by clicking “Following” to “Follow” – the title will disappear from the list the next time you return to the page. The page also lists popular journals for easy access.

A tip – to return to PubMed from PubMed Journals or My NCBI, just scroll to the very bottom to click on PubMed in the “Popular” column.

Add PubMed Journals to your own “Popular” list of websites today!

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