Happy Thanksgiving!

Sweet-potato-casserole-l The Library will be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving Day, and open shorter hours (7:45 am till 7:50 pm) on Wednesday. Regular hours will resume on Black Friday, so instead of shopping you can come get journal articles for all your friends and relatives! (Errr, as long as you don't violate our usage restrictions).

Some seasonal suggestions:

Mergenhagen KA, Sherman O. Elevated International Normalized Ratio after concurrent ingestion of cranberry sauce and warfarin. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2008;65(22):2113-6

Drobatz KJ, Syring R, Reineke E, Meadows C. Association of holidays, full moon, Friday the 13th, day of week, time of day, day of week, and time of year on case distribution in an urban referral small animal emergency clinic. J Vet Emerg Crit Care 2009;19(5):479-83
(Good Thanksgiving news for Fido in this one!)

Dalloul RA et al. Multi-platform next-generation sequencing of the domestic turkey (Meleagris gallopavo): genome assembly and analysis. PLoS Biol 2010;8(9):pii: e1000475.

Ovesen L. Marshmallow–a unique food. Eur J Cancer Prev 2000;9(1):69-70

Rounds on a Gastrointestinal Ward in 1951

Rounds GI 1951 

Rounds are a tradition in medical education: junior doctors present cases and senior doctors expound on them in such a way as to be instructive.  The residents learn, and hopefully the patient benefits by this meeting of the minds. 

The image above shows a combined Department of Medicine and Surgery rounds on a gastrointestinal ward of The Mount Sinai Hospital in 1951.  Such an event would never happen today, primarily for logistical reasons.  And what an event it was, with GI pioneers from both medicine and surgery scattered around the room! 

The man standing in the center in the gray suit with his back to us is Surgeon Ralph Colp. Medicine’s Albert Cornell is the man in the dark suit to Colp’s left.  The man left of center with his hand on his chin is Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, who in 1932 described Crohn’s disease with two surgical colleagues.  Standing next to Crohn in the lab coat is Franklin Hollander, Ph.D., a researcher hired by the Dept. of Surgery to help in basic research in GI disease.  The doctors are grouped around the light box holding the x-rays (with the house staff in short, white coats) and the nurses on the left.  Note that all the Attendings here were on the voluntary staff.  There were very few full-time physicians at Mount Sinai at this time.  The woman in the darker coat on the left is probably a social worker.  The woman in a white coat and no cap may be a dietician.

This is just one of thousands of images in the Mount Sinai Archives.  To see more, search the Image Database found on the Archives' website:  http://mssm-archives.mssm.edu/dbtw-wpd/MtS/



New Subscription: OpenHelix Bioinformatics Tutorials

OpenHelixLogoRightHanded Ever tried to find your way around dbSNP, UniProt, or KEGG? Gotten lost in miRBase or the Gene Ontology? Found that the developers of a tool you need didn't quite get around to developing a useful "Help" link? The Library is here for you! We're happy to announce our new subscription to OpenHelix's bioinformatics tutorials. Each one inculdes a narrated tutorial video, downloadable PowerPoint slides and exercises you can complete for practice. And best of all, they keep the tutorials updated to relect changes in the resources. Right now, there are nearly 100 tutorials ranging from genome databases to pathway resources to algorithms and analysis tools, and there are more to come!

You can access the OpenHelix tutorials, both on campus and off, from the Library's Databases page: http://librarycf.mssm.edu/levy/databases/, in the Bioinformatics section.

Web of Science Classes

ScreenHunter_01 Nov. 16 14.32 Need to find Impact Factors, highly cited papers, or papers that aren't in PubMed? Web of Science is the place to go. It can be a fussy database to use though – not all of its features are obvious, and it asks for some pretty specific input formats. We're here to help! We've added a couple of Web of Science workshops to our classes schedule: the first one is tomorrow from 11:00 – 12:00 in the Library. You can register for it at http://librarycf.mssm.edu/levy/classes/.

If you can't make the class, we also have a Web of Science tutorial that you can work through on your own, as well as quick guides to general searching and cited reference searching.

EndNote X4 Now Available at the Levy Library

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EndNote X4 is packed with new features that help you keep your citations and collection of full text PDF’s organized.

EndNote X4 now allows the importing of files or folders of PDFs directly into your library, as well as full text searching of the PDF’s.  Mac users have the added advantage of being able to drag a PDF file onto the EndNote icon on the Dock to add a new reference to their library. Now that’s simple!

 Additional new features include:

  • Create new groups by comparing, combining and suppressing existing groups.
  • Modify references easily in the new Quick Edit tab on the main library window.
  • Edit references when comparing duplicates.
  • Expand your library retrieval results by adding wildcards within search terms.
  • Move references between the desktop and Web easily with your own EndNote Web account.
  • Traveling Library enhancements recognize references when sharing Word documents for better collaboration.
  • Get a quick citation report of references cited in a Microsoft Word document with a new auto-group in the EndNote library.

The Levy Library offers EndNote X4 training by appointment, or register for one of our monthly EndNote X4 classes at http://fusion.mssm.edu/levy/classes.

For questions about EndNote X4 contact the Levy Library Reference Desk at 212 241-7793, or by email at refdesk@mssm.edu.


Complete NEJM Digital Archive Now Available from Levy Library Online

The Library is very pleased to announce the addition of the complete digital archive of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) to our collection of licensed electronic journals.

NEJM_Logo_svgThe NEJM Archive includes every article from the New England Journal of Medicine from 1928 to 1989, as well as all articles from its predecessor journals. The journal now known as NEJM began in 1812 as the New-England Journal of Medicine and Surgery. It subsequently underwent several title changes, becoming the Boston Medical Intelligencer (1823-1828), The New-England Medical Review and Journal (1827) and the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal (1828–1928) before publishing under its current title.

We expect that the NEJM Archive will support Mount Sinai’s ongoing research programs, for example by providing reports of infectious diseases that may be re-emerging or evolving, or by detailing the methodology used in classic studies. In addition, to browse the NEJM Archive is to browse the history of medicine in the United States. The citations and abstracts of a few classic articles suggest the characteristics and concerns of its reports over the years:

  • Prognosticks in Fevers, Adapted More Particularly to Those of New-England. Joseph Comstock. N Engl J Med Surg 1817; 6:105-122 April 1, 1817.
  • Insensibility during Surgical Operations Produced by Inhalation. Henry Jacob Bigelow, M.D. Boston Med Surg J 1846; 35:309-317 November 18, 1846
  • Cardiotomy and Valvulotomy for Mitral Stenosis; Experimental Observations and Clinical Notes Concerning an Operated Case with Recovery. ELLIOTT C. CUTLER, M.D., and S. A. LEVINE, M.D. Boston Med Surg J 1923; 188:1023-1027 June 28, 1923
  • Degenerative Disease of the Central Nervous System in New Guinea — The Endemic Occurrence of Kuru in the Native Population. D. C. Gajdusek, M.D., and V. Zigas, M.D. N Engl J Med 1957; 257:974-978 November 14, 1957
  • Changes in Bronchial Epithelium in Relation to Cigarette Smoking and in Relation to Lung Cancer. Oscar Auerbach, M.D., A. P. Stout, M.D., E. Cuyler Hammond, Sc.D., and Lawrence Garfinkel, M.A. N Engl J Med 1961; 265:253-267 August 10, 1961

You can search the full-text of every article in the NEJM Archive, or browse the contents of every issue. In fact, searching the Archive from the NEJM web site is probably the best way to find articles written before 1900: the Web of Science database covers NEJM and the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal only as far back as 1900, and MEDLINE/PubMed only includes citations from NEJM back to 1945. The easiest way to access the NEJM web site is by clicking the link to NEJM on the Levy Library Homepage, in our list of Key Journals & Resources.