Medpedia Launches

Last week a potentially exciting new tool, Medpedia, was released in beta form.  Medpedia, like the extremely popular Wikipedia, is a wiki – a collaborative and free encyclopedia edited by a group of interested volunteers. However, Medpedia is focused on providing information for health, medicine, and the body.  Only carefully screened physicians and
Ph.D.s are allowed to edit the articles.  It currently offers what looks like a few hundred articles on biomedical topics.  Sounds like a very interesting project.   

Darwin and Lincoln

Lincolnhat It was a busy week last week and I didn't have time to write much, but last Thursday was a notable day: the 200th birthday of both Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln. There was a lot written about both Darwin and Lincoln in newspapers, journals, blogs, etc. that day, so I just want to point out a few relevant resources from the Levy Library. Of course, we provide access to On the Origin of Species (published 150 years ago this year!)Darwinhat – search ebrary to find that title. We also have subscriptions to journals like Science and Nature, which have been including a lot of Darwin-themed material already this year. And PubMed can direct you to articles about Lincoln in medical journals. One of my favorite resources though, is the Historical New York Times from ProQuest. You can use or LexisNexis to find recent Times articles, but ProQuest lets me sit at the Reference Desk today and read an article from 1860 about "Mr. Darwin's remarkable work" which has a "delightful tone" and "fine atmosphere", "whatever may be one's intellectual attitude towards his biologic doctrine" and an article from April 15, 1865 entitled "President Lincoln Shot by Assassin". Articles from 1851-2004 are scanned into PDF and fully searchable – a great resource for research (or semi-productive time wasting!).

There is grandeur in this view of life…

Darwin …with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

-Charles Darwin, Feb. 12 1809 – April 19, 1882

Trial – JAMAevidence

The library just started a trial of JAMAevidence, a brand new EBM resource that uses the full-text of both Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, 2nd Edition and The Rational Clinical Examination: Evidence-Based Clinical Diagnosis as a foundation.  JAMAevidence also includes links to referenced JAMA and Archives journal articles, podcasts, EBM calculators, EBM focused PowerPoint slides, worksheets and critical appraisal forms. 

If you access this trial from off-campus, you'll be asked to log in with your MSSM-ID and password (the same one you use for all library resources off-campus).

The trial is availabe until March 4.  Try it out and let us know if you think this would be a valuable addition to the library's collection.   We would really like to hear from you!

PubMed Central Makes the Historically Significant Journal of the National Medical Association (1909-2007) Free Online

In celebration of Black History Month, the National Library of Medicine has announced an important addition to PubMed Central (PMC), its free digital archive of full-text journal articles: the complete archive of the Journal of the National Medical Association (JNMA), which observes its centennial this year. To see the archive, please visit:

The National Medical Association (NMA), established in 1895, is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and allied health professionals in the United States. The Archives currently represents over 77,000 digitized pages of issues, cover to cover, through 2007. Current issues will be added later.

Of local interest is this note, contained in v.1, n.1 about the 1908 meeting of the NMA held in New York City. It includes this wonderful sentence: “The mere fact that the convention could attract attention in such a busy and surfeited city as New York is evidence sufficient that the session was a success—for no ordinary thing is even noticed in that city.” (p.33)

E-books get easier

If you're a user of ebrary, an online collection of thousands of books that the Levy Library provides access to, you may remember that in the past you needed to download a plugin to read any of the books. Happily, that's changed – you can now view ebrary books with just a browser. This makes things a little faster, and it means you can use ebrary on a computer that you aren't able to install software on, as well as on other platforms (hello, iPhone!). There's also a new and improved Reader that you can download if you want to print pages, highlight text, take notes, copy and paste text, and more. The Reader is definitely worth downloading if you use ebrary frequently, but if you just want to glance at a chapter in Practical Clinical Oncology, or remember whether it was Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn that put on a dress, it just got simpler.

You can access ebrary, and many other ebook collections, from our e-books page.

Some Things Never Change

On Valentine's Day 1979, a man still very much in the news – Batman – came to Mount Sinai and gave blood.  Twenty years later, the Blood Bank is still in the same location (KCC Basement), and they are still cheerfully accepting donors.  The only thing missing today is Conrad (Diki) Dikitanan's great smile.  Otherwise, some things never change…

Please contact the Archives if you have any questions on this or Mount Sinai history in general.

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