From the Archives: Document of the Week – Bad Signs

This entry starts a new series for the Mount Sinai Archives.  Each week (we hope!) we will post some individual item that we have come across that strikes us as historical, interesting, historically interesting, or in this case, weirdly fascinating.  It will be called Document of the Week, using the broadest definition of the word "document": something tangible that records communications or facts.  For our purposes, photographs are documents because they serve to, well, 'document' an instance in time. 

Surgery wash room sign 

The photograph above shows two signs found in one of the scrub areas in a Mount Sinai Hospital operating room suite. The photo is not dated, but seems to be from the 1970s or 80s. The sign on top provides important information.  The sign below it strikes us as something that should, perhaps, go without saying….

Come visit us on Presidents Day

Gwbirthday We'll be open all 24 presidential hours. Circulation staff will be here to check books in and out, sell print cards and be generally helpful from 7:45 am until 11:50 pm, and staff at the computing help desk will be available to help with your computing needs and troubles from 8 am until 8 pm. Reference librarians won't be back until Tuesday, but we've anticipated your pressing Presidents Day related questions:

 1. Why yes, there are articles about George Washington in PubMed! The most effective way to find them is a search for Washington G[PS]: that [PS] indicates to PubMed that we're looking for the name G Washington as a subject (and not an author, affiliation, address, etc.). Who knew there were so many articles out there about George Washington's teeth?

2. MDConsult and AccessMedicine both have some good textbook chapters about Klinefelter Syndrome, which Washington may have had. But, even though it's a genetic disorder, you won't kind it in that grandaddy of genetic disease information, OMIM. Why? Because it's a chromosomal abberation (47, XXY), and OMIM doesn't generally include those.

3. The Chicago Manual thinks you call it "Presidents' Day". The Associated Press says "Presidents Day". The AMA doesn't seem to care, as long as you capitalize it.

New BioMed Central Membership

Mount Sinai is now a BioMed Central Supporter Member! This gives Mount Sinai authors a 15% discount on the article processing charge when publishing in any of BioMed Central’s 212 journals…