Each one = 1,000 words

NCBI has a new images database! At http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/images, you can find images from articles in NCBI’s full-text collections: that is, any article that has been deposited to PubMed Central (so, any recent NIH funded research). Find clinical photographs, graphics of molecular mechanisms, graphs of data, anatomical diagrams…anything you might find published in an article.

You’ll also see images appearing in PubMed records now - so even before you get to the full-text, you’ll see the figures in articles like “Fauna used in popular medicine in Northeast Brazil” (parrots!). A warning to the squeamish though – you’re also going to start seeing imagesScreenHunter_01 Oct. 29 11.55 for articles like “Viscoless Microincision Cataract Surgery“. So be careful!

New History of Vaccines Website

  I recently was sent a notice about a new website dedicated to the history of vaccines.  It was created by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.  Most of the images and information on the website come from the Historical Medical Library of the College, which is known for its rare books, manuscripts, and archives.  Here is the Mission Statement of the project:

The College has created The History of Vaccines to provide a living, changing chronicle of the compelling history of vaccination, from pre-Jennerian variolation practices, to the defeat of polio in the Western Hemisphere, to cutting-edge approaches to novel vaccines and vaccine delivery. The site aims to increase public knowledge and understanding of the ways in which vaccines, toxoids, and passive immunization work, how they have been developed, and the role they have played in the improvement of human health.

The site will also discuss some of the controversies about vaccination and some of the challenges, difficulties, and tragic events that have occurred in the use of vaccines.

 

There is a lot of good information and imagery here.  Well worth the look.

http://www.historyofvaccines.org/

 

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DynaMed: Online or Handheld Evidence-Based Information
Mount Sinai faculty, students and staff can use DynaMed, our newest evidence-based clinical reference database online. Or, you can download it as an application to many smartphones, PDAs and other handheld devices.
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New! Promoter Analysis Tools Class
The newest addition to the Library's class offerings is Promoter Analysis Tools, a 90 minute workshop that covers the use of tools including the Eukaryotic Promoter Database, DBTSS and the licensed resource MatInspector.
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New! Biology Resources: MetaCore and Ingenuity Pathway Analysis
The Library's molecular biology offerings are growing! Recently the pathway analysis tools MetaCore and Ingenuity Pathway Analysis were added to the Library's databases page.
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SpringerImages Database of Over 2.5 Million Photos, Graphics, Figures
Levy Library's new SpringerImages database employs powerful, full-text search features to streamline your ability to find and download over 2.5 million high-quality photos, clinical images, graphs, figures and tables for use in presentations or lectures.
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From the Archives: George James and MSMC's Commitment to Community Health
The first Dean of the School and the first President of The Mount Sinai Medical Center (1969-1972), George James, M.D., M.P.H. (1915-1972) was the man chosen to implement the vision of the founders of the school: a strong hospital, an innovative school, and an active role in the community. The Archives Division of the Levy Library invites you to view an exhibit in the Annenberg lobby that looks at his life and legacy.
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Library Web Survey for Mount Sinai Physicians, Residents and Nurses
The Mount Sinai physicians, residents and nurses were recently contacted to participate in the Value of Library & Information Services in Patient Care Study survey.
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Tech Tip: The Digital Object Identifier: An Easier, Faster Way to Find Full-Text
You may have noticed a string of digits and letters that begins with the number “10.” while looking at an online article citation or an e-journal's table of contents, but did you know how this number, the Digital Object Identifier or DOI,  can be used to quickly locate the full text of an article?
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I Found it in the Archives

    There have been quite a few news stories this past week about how an historian has brought to light an instance of American public health researchers experimenting on Guatemalan prisoners and mental patients without their consent.  (See, for instance, The New York Times, 10/1/10; link below)   The scientists infected nearly 700 people with syphilis to test how well penicillin worked against the disease and if it could be used to prevent the disease.

    What does this have to do with archives?  The only reason this story is known is because the historian who uncovered this, Susan M. Reverby, was doing research on the Tuskegee syphilis experiment in the archives at the University of Pittsburgh.  In an effort to be thorough, Reverby also consulted the papers of Dr. John Cutler, who was also involved at Tuskegee.  It was there that she found the information about this unknown experiment, which lasted from 1946-48, with very little result.  If the Cutler papers had not been preserved and made available by the archives, there is little reason to think we would have ever known about this awful lapse in medical ethics.

    The month of October is Archives Month in this country.  This year's theme of "I found it in the Archives" takes on added meaning when you consider this story.

 

Links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/02/health/research/02infect.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=health

http://www.hnn.us/articles/132082.html for an interview with Dr. Reverby