Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life and Art of Frank H. Netter, M.D.

netter_signatureOn March 25, 2014, the University of Virginia will host “Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life and Art of Frank H. Netter, M.D.”, a presentation by Francine Mary Netter. The artwork of Frank H. Netter has been featured in countless medical publications over the past 80 years and, today, Netter’s illustrations of human anatomy are still widely published across the globe. His work is such a common part of medical textbooks and atlases that in the health sciences community the name “Netter” has become synonymous with anatomical illustration.

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New E-books for March

ocn829459867Listed below are some recent additions to the Library’s growing collection of electronic books.   Click on the linked title to browse a table of contents or read the full-text.  A more comprehensive list of e-books available can be found on the Library’s E-Books page.  Want to recommend a book for the Library’s collection?  Submit your requests using the online Purchase Recommendation form.

Aging and Heart Failure
Before we are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects , 8th Edition
Cancer Drug Design and Discovery, 2nd edition
Clinical Interviewing
Concussions in Athletics
Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment, 2014
Diabetes Management in Clinical Practice
Essentials In Elbow Surgery
Essentials of Stem Cell Biology, 3rd edition
Evidence-Based Neonatal Infections
Evidence-Based Pediatric Oncology
Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2014
Fructose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sucrose and Health
Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 8th edition
Life’s Vital Link: the Astonishing Role of the Placenta
Medical Imaging: Essentials for Physicians
New Mechanisms in Glucose Control
Perioperative Standards & Recommended Practice for Inpatient & Ambulatory Settings 2014
Practical Pharmacology for the Pharmaceutical Sciences
Prostate Cancer: Diagnosis and Clinical Management
Radiology Illustrated: Spine
Sleep Medicine in Neurology
Virus Hunt: the Search for the Origin of HIV/AIDs

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Online Journal Club Now Available

Health System nurses working on evidence-based projects have a new tool to assist them as they collaboratively evaluate journal articles. Thanks to the work of Kelly Near, the Library’s Nursing & Patients Liaison Librarian, and the Library’s team of Web experts, Health System users now have access to an online journal club, The questions used in the online form are based on the Professional Nursing Staff Organization’s Evidence Based Practice Template. The online version of the template provides enhanced opportunities for collaboration, as club members can meet and comment virtually, thus removing the barriers of time and location from club participation. After selecting an article, the reviewer reads and critiques it, based on the questions prompted by the online form. Once the review is complete, a link to it can be emailed to others, inviting them to read the article, the critique, and then add their own comments.

If you would like to learn more about the online template, contact Kelly Near via email, , or phone, 434-924-1607.


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Artifacts from Historical Collections: The Yellow Fever Comic

Who will save us from the Yellow Jack? Image from the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Box 51 Folder 27.

Image from the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Box 51 Folder 27.

Move over Avengers. Move over X-Men. There is a new team of superheroes in town and they are gearing up to save the world. They are the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission!

Most people associate comic books with the exploits of fictional superheroes like the Avengers and the X-Men, but comics have been used to tell other kinds of stories. In the Philip S. Hench Yellow Fever Collection, we have one comic that tells the story of how the U.S. Yellow Fever Commission proved that mosquitoes transmit yellow fever.

The comic was published in 1941 in the first issue of True Comics—a comic book series that was based on the idea that “Truth is stranger and a thousand times more thrilling than FICTION.” The creators of the series used the comic book medium to retell historical and contemporary non-fiction stories for young audiences.

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Lights! Camera! Action! Videos!


There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the Health Sciences Library maintained a large collection of video materials, mostly in magnetic tape formats now extinct: remember VHS, U-Matic, and Betamax tapes and the bulky equipment one needed to view them?  Fast forward to the present day and you will find none of these video formats anywhere in the Library.  However, it is a fact that our video collection today is larger than at any time in the past.  Videos of laboratory procedures, physical examination techniques, medical and surgical procedures, nursing care procedures, diagnostic tests, and routine patient care abound in the many online journals, books and databases the Library licenses.  The following is intended to be a guide to help you to locate and use this video content.

AccessMedicineAccess Medicine
Video content in Access Medicine is fully searchable, and can also be browsed in  categories such as, Bedside & Office-based Procedures, Diagnostic Tests Treatments & Procedures, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Physical Exam. Video content is also arranged by body systems: cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, neurologic, and others.

Access SurgeryPrint
As its name implies, the video content in Access Surgery focuses on surgical procedures, operative techniques, infection control, intraoperative and postoperative complications, and anesthesia techniques.

The wide array of medical books and journals available through ClinicalKey is only part of what this product offers.  Over 17000 videos are available on a broad range of medical and surgical topics.  Videos are searchable and browsable in ClinicalKey  and are often linked to related texts.

JOVE: Journal of Visualized ExperimentsJOVE
JOVE builds upon the traditional peer-reviewed journal format to include videos of experimental procedures and protocols, accompanied by textual descriptions. Each article is built around a 5- to 10-minute video describing procedures and protocols. The goal is to allow researchers to re-create the techniques described, with the videos providing more clarity than would written directions alone.  The University of Virginia currently subscribes to the General, Bioengineering, Clinical & Translational Medicine, Immunology & Infection, and Neuroscience sections of JOVE.

And the best part is… no rewinding is ever necessary!

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Revised How Do I on Sharing Folders in RefWorks

The latest iteration of RefWorks included some changes to the steps for sharing folders.  Here is our revised How Do I that will guide you through those changes.

HDI RefShare

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Noise Cancelling Headphones Available

IMG_2659Need to get away, but can’t?  Come to the library and check out a pair of our new Creative HN-900 noise cancelling headphones and relax to some music or listen to a podcast.

Here’s some product information from the box:

“Active noise cancelling technology reduces surrounding noise by up to 85%. Inline microphone with a one-click button for call functions with an iPhone, and music controls with an iPad or iPod.”

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New E-books for February


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Listed below are some recent additions to the Library’s growing collection of electronic books.   Click on the linked title to browse a table of contents or read the full-text.  A more comprehensive list of e-books available can be found on the Library’s E-Books page.

The ASCRS Manual of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists
Autoimmune Diseases
Cancer Genomics: From Bench to Personalized Medicine
Clinical Anatomy of the Spine, Spinal Cord, and Ans
Dictionary of Cell & Molecular Biology
Emergency Orthopedics: A Manual on Acute Conditions of the Locomotor System
Emery and Rimoin’s Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics
Fenichel’s Clinical Pediatric Neurology
General Surgery Risk Reduction
Haschek and Rousseaux’s Handbook of Toxicologic Pathology
Manson’s Tropical Infectious Diseases
Mastering Scientific and Medical Writing
National Kidney Foundation Primer on  Kidney Diseases
Nuclear Medicine
Nutrition in Kidney Disease
Placebo and Pain: From Bench to Bedside
Practical Management of Pain
Principles of Biomedical Informatics
Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders
Surgical Innovations in Glaucoma
Tidy’s Physiotherapy
Yen & Jaffe’s Reproductive Endocrinology

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Enhanced ClinicalKey Searching

In December, the Health Sciences Library upgraded our MDConsult subscription to ClinicalKey. To increase the usefulness of ClinicalKey, create a personal account, and then try the features below for more effective searching:


1. Saved Searches – to save a search term, click the “Saved Searches” button/plus sign on the Search Results page.
2. Sharing/Printing – click the envelope icon to email articles, images, and book sections to your colleagues or patient care teams.
3. Filters – use to refine your search.
4. Time/Relevance – view results from the last 6 months, last 12 months, last 18 months, last 2 years or last 5 years. Results are sorted by relevance automatically.
5. Preview your results – the preview pane allows you to see the most relevant paragraphs from a piece of selected content before you click through. The exact content of the right panel will vary depending on the content type you have selected.
6. Reading List – drag results you want to read later to the box labeled “Reading List.”
7. Presentation Maker – Any image result can be dragged and dropped into the “Presentation” box. Saved images can be exported to PowerPoint slides.

If you have any questions regarding the transition from MDConsult to ClinicalKey you canreach a Library staff member at, or by calling 924-5444.

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Artifacts from Historical Collections: World War I Photograph


IMG_2627The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library is fortunate to have in its collections a number of photographs that document the experiences of University of Virginia students, alumni, and faculty during World War I. The image here is a part of one such photograph that hangs in the historical collections reading room. It shows members of Base Hospital 41, a University of Virginia-affiliated army hospital unit, posing for a portrait that was most likely shot in the spring of 1918.

Prior to and during World War I, medical school faculty across the United States grew concerned about the speed at which the U.S. Army was preparing its medical corps for the conflict. Some faculty took the initiative to address this problem. They worked with the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office to organize volunteer army hospitals using university resources and the contributions of charitable organizations. Staff and faculty at the University of Virginia, led by Associate Professor of Surgery William H. Goodwin, formed their own unit shortly after the U.S. entrance into the war in April, 1917. They recruited over 300 personnel, many of whom were drawn from the university’s large community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Organizers also secured full funding for the unit from the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks through the order’s leader and UVa alumnus, Fred Harper.

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