Andreas Vesalius Turns 500

Vesalius SkeletonFrom 12:30 to 1:30 on Wednesday, January 21 join us in the Jordan Hall Conference Center for the first Medical Center Hour Presentation of 2015, Celebrating Modern Anatomy’s Birthday: Andreas Vesalius Turns 500. Medical historian Luke Demaitre will describe the life and accomplishments of the famed Renaissance anatomist, Andreas Vesalius, and discuss his role in the development of modern medicine.

After the program, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library will share the 1555 edition of Vesalius’ masterpiece, On the Fabric of the Human Body in Jordan Hall. We will also be serving cake to celebrate the 500th birthday of the “father of modern anatomy”.

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Reserve a GoPro Camera Today!

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A GoPro camera is now part of the Health Sciences Library’s growing collection of innovation support equipment. The HERO3+ Silver Edition captures 1080p60 video and 10MP photos at speeds of up to 10 frames per second. It comes with a water-proof case and accessories that include a helmet mount and head strap.

To reserve the GoPro, either call our Service Desk at 434-924-5444 or use our self-service reservation form.  You must have a valid UVA Health System ID to reserve and checkout the camera.

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New E-Books in January

lapo2_coverThe book titles listed below have recently been added to the Library’s growing collection of electronic books. Click on a linked book title below to browse a table of contents or to read the full-text. A more comprehensive list of e-books available can be found on the Library’s E-Books page. Do you want to recommend the purchase of a book for the Library’s collection? You can submit your requests by using our online Purchase Recommendation form.

2015 Intravenous Medications , 31st edition
Anesthesia: A Comprehensive Review, 5th edition
Annual Review of Genetics
Annual Review of Immunology
The Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Oncology
Biopsychosocial Practice: A Science-Based Framework for Behavioral Health Care
Cancer Prevention: Dietary Factors and Pharmacology
Conn’s Current Therapy 2015
Cummings Otolaryngology, 6th edition
Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Pediatrics, 22nd edition
Deployment Psychology: Evidence-Based Strategies to Promote Mental Health in the Military
Diagnostic Techniques in Urology
Dying in America
Facilitating Patient Understanding of Discharge Instructions
Future Directions of Credentialing Research in Nursing
Graduate Medical Education that Meets the Nation’s Health Needs
Imported Infectious Diseases: The Impact in Developed Countries
Integrating Research and Practice
Laboratory Medicine: The Diagnosis of Disease in the Clinical Laboratory
Larsen’s Human Embryology, 5th edition
Medical Family Therapy and Integrated Care, 2nd edition
Medical Nutrition & Disease: A Case-Based Approach
The Mediterranean Diet: An Evidence-Based Approach
The National Children’s Study: An Assessment
Ocular Infections
Pediatric Urology for the Primary Care Physician
A Practical Guide to PTSD Treatment: Pharmacological and Psychotherapeutic Approaches
Robbins and Cotran Atlas of Pathology, 3rd Edition
Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery, 10th edition
Sherris Medical Microbiology, 6th edition
Stiehm’s Immune Deficiencies
Symptom to Diagnosis: An Evidence-Based Guide, 3rd edition
Treatment of Late-Life Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Substance Abuse
Wireless Device Use and Patient Monitoring Equipment in Any Healthcare Delivery Setting

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Subscription Changes in 2015

Thieme Rising costs have made it necessary for the Library to discontinue access to a number of e-books and e-journals effective January 1, 2015. The Thieme E-Book Library (TEBL), a collection of over 80 illustrated medical textbooks, will be discontinued due to low usage.  A unique feature of the TEBL was that it enabled entire books to be downloaded and stored on a local device.  Any books that were downloaded and saved  prior to the end of 2014 will still be accessible for a period of 12 months.

Electronic journals being cancelled include the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE).  The publisher of JOVE raised the annual cost of this subscription (from $10,000 this year to over $26,000 in 2015) to a level that the Library’s collections budget was unable to accommodate.  Archival access to older JOVE articles will still be available through the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central archive.

Other low-use/high cost-per-use electronic journals being discontinued  in 2015:

British Journal of Clinical Practice
Cerebrovascular Diseases
Canadian Medical Association Journal
International Journal of Group Psychotherapy
Journal of Nursing Measurement
Psychoanalytic Review
Psychodynamic Psychiatry
Seminars in Interventional Radiology

Most articles from journals that the Library does not subscribe to can be obtained through the Library’s ILLiad document delivery service.

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Christmas at Base Hospital 41

Patients and staff at Base Hospital 41, Christmas 1918. Prints22143, Historical Collections, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia.

Patients and staff at Base Hospital 41, Christmas 1918. Prints22143, Historical Collections, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia.


Four years after the famous Christmas Truce of 1914, the first post-WWI Christmas was a season of mixed emotion. Coming quickly on the heels of the November 11th Armistice, the holidays of 1918 were a time when relief and celebration for the end of the war were mingled with sorrow from the physical and emotional wounds that remained.

In both World War I and II, the University of Virginia supported the war effort by sponsoring medical units staffed by UVA medical and nursing graduates, faculty, and volunteers from within and outside the University community. The first of these units, Base Hospital 41 stationed in St. Denis, France, arrived only three months before the end of WWI, but stayed in operation through January 1919 as the hospital continued to care for patients and the buildings were gradually converted from hospital wards and operating rooms back into the classrooms and dormitories of a French boarding school.

On Christmas Day 1918, nurses and enlisted personnel entertained patients with a minstrel show that featured comedy skits, music by a seven-piece orchestra, and renditions of songs like “Keep the Home Fires Burning” and “There’s a Lump of Sugar Down in Dixie.” Patient Everett Oertel, an Army Private from Wisconsin, wrote to his parents of the minstrel show, praising the nurses and orderlies for their performances (and the Christmas fudge). Oertel describes holiday decorations of flowers and holly and generous gifts from the Red Cross, including a Christmas tree and for each patient “a sock containing nuts, cigarettes, tobacco, candy, figs, an orange and a mate to the sock.” [1]

A photograph from the CMHSL Base Hospital 41 Collection shows patients and staff on one of the hospital wards in the midst of holiday festivities. A trombone player and Christmas tree topped with an American flag can be seen in the background of the image, but the contrast of holiday decorations and revelry with the somberness of recovering patients creates a slightly eerie scene. That Christmas the unit was surrounded by reminders of the permanent loss caused by the war, even as they celebrated the holidays and looked forward to their return home in the new year. Base Hospital 41 observed Christmas by “adopting” two local children whose father was killed in combat and collecting donations for Yvonne (6) and Georges (7). [2] They also remembered the five men from their own unit who lost their lives during the war.

Though their period of service was relatively brief, the men and women of Base Hospital 41 endured hardships, made lifelong friends, and cared for thousands of patients throughout their time overseas. The documents, photographs, and artifacts that make up the Base Hospital 41 Collection offer a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a military hospital and provide unique reflections of the merriment and grief that were experienced as the hospital observed Christmas following the end of the Great War.

1. Everett Oertel Letters qtd. in Lengel, E.G. (2001). University of Virginia Base Hospital 41. Magazine of Albemarle County History 59, 22.

2. B.H. 41 Becomes Godfather. (1919). Between Convoys 2, 1. Base Hospital 41 Collection MS-17: 02/002.

- Credit: Emily Bowden, CMHSL Historical Collections & Services

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CMHSL Holiday Hours

The library’s large after-hours space is available at all times of the day and night, regardless of whether the library is open.  When the library is closed, access to this space is limited to anyone with a UVA Health System ID.

Holiday Hours

Monday, December 22: 7:30am-5pm
Tuesday, December 23: 7:30am-5pm
Wednesday, December 24: Closed
Thursday, December 25: Closed
Friday, December 26: 7:30am-5pm
Saturday, December 27: 9am-5pm
Sunday, December 28: 12pm-5pm
Monday, December 29: 7:30am-5pm
Tuesday, December 30: 7:30am-5pm
Wednesday, December 31: 7:30am-5pm
Thursday, January 1: Closed
Friday, January 2: Closed

 

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Holiday Book Tree at CMHSL

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To help promote this week’s Books for Bricks book drive, four team members at the Health Sciences Library built a six-foot holiday book tree using several old print indexes.  Pictured from left to right are Dan Wilson, Tony Hiserman, Bart Ragon, and Kimberley Barker.

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New E-Books for December

3-s2.0-C20120069591-cov150hThe book titles listed below have recently been added to the Library’s growing collection of electronic books. Click on a linked book title below to browse a table of contents or to read the full-text. A more comprehensive list of e-books available can be found on the Library’s E-Books page. Do you want to recommend the purchase of a book for the Library’s collection? You can submit your requests by using our online Purchase Recommendation form.

Accident and Emergency Radiology: A Survival Guide, 3rd Edition
Advances in Medical and Surgical Cornea: From Diagnosis to Procedure
Adverse Cutaneous Drug Reactions to Cardiovascular Drugs
Atlas of Operative Maxillofacial Trauma Surgery
Behavioral Medicine: A Guide for Clinical Practice, 4th Edition
Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology, 12th Edition
Cellular and Molecular Immunology, 8th Edition
Cellular Pathology of Glandular Lesions and Uncommon Neoplasms of the Cervix
Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine
Clinical Decision Support: The Road to Broad Adoption, 2nd Edition
Clinical Genomics
Coffee in Health and Disease Prevention
Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology, 5th Edition
Dictionary of Toxicology, 3rd Edition
Epidemiology, 5th Edition
Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2015
Functional Ophthalmic Disorders
Fundamentals of Body CT, 4th Edition
Guide to Assessment Scales in Major Depressive Disorder
Handbook of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
Imported Infectious Diseases:  The Impact in Developed Countries
Interleukins in Cancer Biology
A Manual of Orthopaedic Terminology, 8th Edition
Medical Therapy of Ulcerative Colitis
Multifocal Intraocular Lenses
Netter’s Illustrated Human Pathology, 2nd Edition
Netter’s Illustrated Pharmacology, 2nd Edition
Neuroanatomy: An Illustrated Colour Text, 5th Edition
A Pharmacology Primer: Techniques for More Effective and Strategic Drug Discovery
Practical Manual of Interventional Cardiology
Suicide: Phenomenology and Neurobiology
Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca

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Help Build Classrooms in Tanzania

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During the week of December 8th, the Health Sciences Library will be a donation site for Books for Bricks.  Books for Bricks is a book drive program run on college campuses by Achieve in Africa Ambassadors, who collect and resell donated textbooks to raise funds to purchase bricks to build classrooms in Tanzania.  UVA’s ambassador is Vanessa Fabrizio (email: vef4fv@virginia.edu).  Our Health System contact is Idorenyin Ndem (Edy), SMD2018, (email: ien6mp@virginia.edu).

Please stop by to donate your gently used or no longer needed textbooks (or other types of books).  And while you’re here, take a look at our holiday tree made of books!

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