Remembering Dr. M.C. Wilhelm

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On January 18, 2017, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library was saddened to learn about the death of Morton “M.C.” Wilhelm. Dr. Wilhelm was a professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and was renowned for his contributions to the treatment of breast cancer. In recent years, M.C. had volunteered his time to the Historical Collections and Services Department of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. In his brief time with us, M.C. assisted in a number of projects, the most notable being his co-authorship of the book, A History of Cancer Care at the University of Virginia: 1901-2011. M.C. was more than a colleague to us, he was a dear friend who took a genuine interest in the lives of those who surrounded him and was always ready to lend a hand and a word of advice. In remembrance of Dr. Wilhelm, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library would like to share this interview from 2013. More information about his life and memorial celebration can be found here: 


Joan Klein and M.C. Wilhelm (2013)

Morton C. (M.C.) Wilhelm, M.D. is the Joseph Helms Farrow Professor Emeritus in Surgical Oncology at the University of Virginia School Of Medicine.  He is an accomplished surgeon and has contributed to many publications, including A History of Cancer Care at the University of Virginia 1901 – 2011.  Last fall, Dr. Wilhelm was honored by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons for his early work in emphasizing support practices for cancer patients. He is the first recipient of the award.  I sat down with Dr. Wilhelm in early February and quickly found out that having a conversation with him is like a cup of hot cider on a cold winter’s day.  His stories are engaging and his opinions are based on years of experience.  His words linger like the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon.

Know the ones that came before you.  Learn from their mistakes so you can be a pioneer instead of someone who reinvents the wheel.  Reach your pinnacle. These were the words that resounded after my conversation with Dr. Wilhelm.  So much so that I found myself with a thirst to revisit the masters of library science, such as Dewey, Garfield, Billings, and Ranganathan.

Who are the masters in your profession?  What thinking contributed to the design of the processes that you encounter at work?  How often do you ask why?

And how did a prominent surgeon end up spending his retirement years in Historical Collections & Services at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library?  Read on.

What brought you to Historical Collections?

I sort of got started by accident.  One time I ran into Gretchen (Arnold) and Joan (Klein) and I told them I was bored and needed something to do.  They both agreed that there was work for me to do, and Joan invited me to Historical Collections.  About that time, my good friend, Oscar Thorup, died after a long illness.  Oscar was a Hematologist and understood the value of medical history.  His research interests focused on Thomas Jefferson’s correspondence with physicians.  He published on the topic and spoke about it around the world.  Oscar’s family asked me if I’d like to have his papers, and, in a weak moment, I said yes, and soon ten boxes showed up at my house.  I spoke with Dan Jordan at Monticello, who knew Oscar.  He said they would like his materials at Monticello and he asked me to curate the papers, because they needed a physician to do it.  For almost four years, I worked at Monticello editing Jefferson’s correspondence with about six physicians.

At the same time, I started working here, and we started our work on the history of cancer care at the University of Virginia.  I liked doing the research and, since I could no longer do surgery and I needed more than golf, I continue to spend my time here in Historical Collections.  Currently, I’m working with Historical Collections staff on a web page about Jefferson and medical education.  So, again, I fell into it, and I like it.

Let’s talk about the Internet.  At what point did you start doing research on the Internet?

When I was at Monticello, I needed to look at other letters, which I was able to find on the Internet.  I’m not comfortable sitting in front of a screen for a long period of time, so I still use print materials.  I think we also need to be aware that on the web you are often looking at something that someone else has culled, so it’s important to look at original sources.

What would your advice be to someone just entering the medical profession about the importance of knowing the history of medicine?

As a surgeon, I needed to know the history of the surgical treatment of a particular disease.  In other words, you need to know the background on why an operation was done the way it was.  In the 70s, right after Medicare, the federal government realized they had no standards of practice.  So they formed a group called EMCRO (Experimental Medical Care Review Organization), and our medical society applied for and received a major grant.  Our job was to develop standards of care in a number of different areas.  We read all the literature in order to justify each step in a surgical procedure, which shaped my thinking as a surgeon.

Where do you get that information?

You go through old textbooks written by people considered to be good surgeons.  If you don’t know the history, generations will end up making the same mistakes as previous generations.

At what point in the education process do you instill medical history?

I think medical students now get a little more exposure to history than we did.  And maybe medical students have a broader background coming into medical school than we did; we were strictly science.  Therefore, I think the medical student today is more broadly educated to appreciate the value of history.  If you are in a certain field of medicine, you need to know how it was done, who are the masters, and why did they did it the way they did it.  If all of this was done twenty years ago, you don’t need to make the same mistakes, so you can spend your time advancing your field.  And the value of history, of course, doesn’t apply just to medicine.  There was a PBS special a while back that featured Paul McCartney sitting down with master musicians, all of whom had studied music before they had entered their chosen genre.  The music was incredible.

You may have a talent that is truly remarkable, but if you don’t go back and get the background you will never reach your pinnacle.  We should all be striving to reach our pinnacle, and making our imprint on future generations.

Additional Information:

Sharp, Henry and Morton C. Wilhelm. A History of Cancer Care at the University of Virginia, 1901 – 2011. Lancaster: DEStech Publications, 2011. This book can be purchased at the UVA Bookstore, or signed copies can be purchased at Historical Collections for $35 (payable by check).  Please call 982-0576 for further information.



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HIT Fair Fun Next Week

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Experience and learn about the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Virtual Reality Studio from 10am - 1pm on February 1st

The Health Sciences Library Hosts Activities Feb 1st, 9am – 1:30pm

Drop by the Health Sciences Library anytime between 9am – 1:30pm, grab some refreshments and discover the following:

  • Put on the gear and try out the library’s virtual reality studio for yourself.
  • The latest web conferencing technology available for free checkout.
  • The video production studio and how to use it for your project.
  • The latest Dell mobile computing available for free checkout.
  • Apple iPads with iHealth peripherals available for free checkout.
  • Podcasting sound booth and how to reserve it for your project.
  • The library’s new event space, The MILL.
  • Upgraded collaboration spaces and more!

Health Information & Technology Week: Jan 30 – Feb 2 (more activities)

The Health Information & Technology Division at UVA Health System in partnership with the School of Medicine (SOM), the University Physicians Group (UPG), the Health Sciences Library, and the Patient and Family Library is excited to host Health Information & Technology Week from January 30th to February 2nd, 2017. This annual event will provide technology end-users across the Health System with relevant information about current and soon-to come Health Information & Technology product and services. The week will feature interactive demonstrations, informational booths and posters, and informative presentations addressing a variety of technology topics.

For more details, and information about times and locations visit


Health Information & Technology Week Event Schedule

Wireless Infusion Pump Day

  • Monday, January 30th
  • Location: Main Hospital Dining Conference Rooms

Epic Phase 2 Workflow Walkthrough

  • Tuesday, January 31st

For schedule and location information visit

Health Information & Technology Fair Day: Booths and Demos

  • Wednesday, February 1st

Location: Main Hospital Lobby, Glass Link at PCC, Health Sciences Library Link, and the Main Hospital Dining Conference Rooms

Additional Presentations

Monday, January 30th and Thursday, February 2nd

Locations: Pinn Hall Conference Center (formerly Jordan Hall Conference Center)

Spread the word and tell your friends about the exciting events at this year’s Health Information & Technology Week. All presentations and select events will be lived-streamed and made available following the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Medical Journal Podcasts

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podcastMany of our online journals offer subscribers free podcast services which provide a rich variety of audio content including author interviews, highlights of new articles, discussions of medical controversies and developments, and many other topics of interest to busy medical professionals and students. If you don’t have time to sit and read the latest medical information, you can listen on the go with any or all of these podcasts provided by some of our most popular journals:

Annals of Internal Medicine




Cell and other Cell Press Journals




Journal of the American Medical Association








New England Journal of Medicine






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Alzheimer’s Disease Film Available Now

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AlzheimerYou’re Looking At Me Like I Live Here And I Don’t is the first documentary to be filmed entirely in an Alzheimer’s care unit, and also the first told entirely from the perspective of a woman living with Alzheimer’s disease. The film received its national television broadcast on PBS’ Emmy Award-winning Independent Lens series, and has garnered acclaim from both medical professionals and film critics.

In Danville, California, Lee Gorewitz wanders on a personal odyssey through her Alzheimer’s & Dementia care unit. From the moment she wakes up, Lee is on a quest – for reminders of her past and of her identity. A total immersion into the fragmented day-to-day experience of mental illness, You’re Looking At Me Like I Live Here And I Don’t is an Alzheimer’s documentary filled with charismatic vitality and penetrating ruminations that challenge our preconceptions of illness and aging. Here is one extraordinary woman who will not let us forget her, even as she struggles to remember herself.

“This riveting film grabbed my attention immediately and held it through the final scene. When it ended I felt sad — not because of the subject matter but because I wanted to spend more time with this unique and endearing woman with whom I’d fallen in love. I missed her, so I turned around and watched the entire movie again.” – Marie Marley, Huffington Post

“Deeply moving [and] unforgettable!” – PBS


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Tilt Brush demo on Thursday, 1/19!

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The Library is very excited to host a demonstration by the Google Developer Group, Central Virginia, of Google’s wildly popular virtual reality app: Tilt Brush!

Offering artists both a limitless combination of brushes, colors, and even things like smoke and stars with which to create, Tilt Brush also breaks boundaries with the virtual landscape acting as a canvas that can stretch on forever.

A work by Aimi Sekiguchi, one of Google's Artists in Residence.

A work created in Tilt Brush by Aimi Sekiguchi, one of Google’s Artists in Residence.

And Tilt Brush doesn’t disappoint for viewers! Not only does this medium offer the opportunity to step into a piece of art and interact with it, but a setting in the app also allows viewers to witness the artist’s step-by-step creation process.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Tilt Brush* for yourself!

When: Thursday, 1/19/2017; 1 PM- 2 PM
Where: The MILL (lower floor of the Library)

Questions? Contact the Library’s own member of the GDG, Anson Parker:

* The Library owns both a VIVE headset and Tilt Brush; your Health System badge allows you access to both :)

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Fantastic Funding & where to find it

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All faculty, staff, and students at UVA now have access to two new funding discovery tools, Pivot and GrantForward. These tools allow researchers to locate funding opportunities based on their individual research interests. Both Pivot and GrantForward allow researchers to create personalized searches and email alerts that target current and future funding opportunities.

Where to Get Help
The Office of the Vice President for Research, in partnership with the Health Sciences Library, has developed a series of workshops on funding discovery tools. The schedule for these workshops is as follows:

• January 10th, 10:00am – 11:00am, Health Sciences Library (registration:

• February 22nd, 10:00am – 11:00am, Health Sciences Library (registration:

• March 16th, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Health Sciences Library (registration:

• April 26th, 10:00am – 11:00am Health Sciences Library (registration:

• May 23rd, 10:00am – 11:00am, Health Sciences Library (registration:

Can’t make it to a workshop? Schedule a consultation with Becca Latimer ( She will help you set up an account, and create a saved search that will send the most relevant funding opportunities to your email.

Additional Resources
• The Health Sciences Library’s Funding Discovery page (
• The VPR Research Funding Opportunities webpage (

The VPR Office is very interested in hearing feedback on these tools – please feel free to email Becca Latimer ( with any feedback.

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New E-Books from Safari

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9780814437865_sWhen some people speak, everyone listens. When they need commitment to projects, others jump on board. These are the lucky few with “presence”—that subtle magnetic field that signals authority and authenticity. Wouldn’t it be great if doors opened as effortlessly for you ? They can! Everyone, regardless of position or personality, can strengthen their presence. The key is to cultivate the communication aptitude, mental attitude, and unique leadership style needed to connect with and motive others. The Power of Presence demystifies this elusive sought-after quality.

9780857086839_sBestselling author Gill Hasson is back to help you learn how the power of positive thinking can change your life Are you stuck in a rut? Do you feel plagued by negative thoughts and emotions every day? Gill Hasson, the bestselling author of Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence , is back to help you move on from those pesky negative emotions and focus on the positive instead. Gill’s practical and reassuring approach to the benefits of positive thinking will have you applying it to your own life every day.


9780814437674_sFor decades, alarms have sounded about declining engagement. Yet companies continue to struggle with toxic cultures, and the low productivity and unhappiness that go with them. Why is “culture” so difficult to improve? What makes so many good employees check out? Neuroscientist Paul Zak shows that innate brain functions hold the answers. It all boils down to trust. When someone shows you trust, a feel-good jolt of oxytocin surges through your brain and triggers you to reciprocate.


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CMHSL: A New Look for 2017

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In January, we will be unveiling the MILL on the first floor of the Health Sciences Library.  The MILL is an acronym for Multipurpose Innovative Learning Lab.  It will feature our Presentation Studio (green screen, professional lighting/camera), a new virtual reality space (featuring a Vive Virtual Reality system), a Makerspace (coming February or March), a sound booth, and an event space for up to 30 participants.

We envision the MILL as an exciting place for everyone in the Health System; a place where students, work teams, and other groups will gather together to create, learn, share, socialize, energize, and have fun.

Lecture setup for the MILL.

Lecture setup for the MILL.

Event space for the MILL.

Study space setup for the MILL.

Cabell Room

Seating in the Cabell Room has been increased to accommodate quiet study.  In addition, we added a Keurig coffee maker to the former processing area near the restrooms.


New seating in the Cabell Room.

More Power

We threaded electrical outlets to three areas of the after hours space.







Questions or comments?  Please contact Dan Wilson, Assoc. Dir. for Collections & Library Services (


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New E-Books

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cov200h (11)The newly published books listed below have been added to the Library’s collection of electronic books. Click on any linked title to browse a table of contents or to read the full-text. A more comprehensive list of health sciences 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 via our online Purchase Recommendation form.

AWHONN’s Perinatal Nursing
Civetta, Taylor, & Kirby’s Manual of Critical Care
Critical Care Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!
Fundamentals of Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!
Kelley and Firestein’s Textbook of Rheumatology
Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine
Leibel and Phillips Textbook of Radiation Oncology
Lippincott Nursing Procedures, 7th edition
Medical Physiology
Medicine: A Competency-Based Companion
Middleton’s Allergy Essentials
Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests
Movement Disorders in Childhood
Musculoskeletal Physical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach
Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Digestive System: Upper Digestive Tract
Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Digestive System: Lower Digestive Tract
Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Digestive System: Liver, etc.
Noyes’ Knee Disorders: Surgery, Rehabilitation, Clinical Outcomes
Nunn’s Applied Respiratory Physiology
Nursing 2016 Drug Handbook
Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies
Oral Pathology
Pathophysiology Made Incredibly Visual!
Pathophysiology of Blood Disorders
Precision Medicine: A Guide to Genomics in Clinical Practice
Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine
Professional Nursing Concepts: Competencies for Quality Leadership
Reading, Understanding, and Applying Nursing Research
Sabiston Textbook of Surgery
Sectional Anatomy by MRI and CT
The Shoulder
Sparks & Taylor’s Nursing Diagnosis Reference Manual
Visual Guide to ECG Interpretation
Tachdjian’s Procedures in Pediatric Orthopaedics
Taylor and Hoyt’s Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Textbook of Interdisciplinary Pediatric Palliative Care
Thompson & Thompson Genetics in Medicine
Understanding Laboratory Investigations: A Guide for Nurses, Midwives and Health Professionals
Video Atlas of Neurosurgery: Contemporary Tumor and Skull Base Surgery
Video Atlas of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Weedon’s Skin Pathology Essentials
Weir & Abrahams’ Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy
Wilderness Medicine

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Health Sciences Library Outreach Librarian Ann Duesing Retires

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This December, Ann Duesing, the Health Sciences Library Outreach Librarian based at UVA’s College at Wise, will retire after 22 years of service in Southwest Virginia. When Ann began working at the Library, she focused on providing library services and support to UVA medical students and preceptors in the largely rural area. Additionally, she acted as a consultant for small area hospitals which needed assistance with accessing quality health information via the National Library of Medicine. This pre-Internet time was challenging as the technology and access that we take for granted now were limited (or non-existent!) outside of large urban areas.

Duesing retires after 22 years of service.

Duesing retires after 22 years of service.

“Traveling the mountain roads of far southwest Virginia to small hospitals and clinics during my early Outreach years was a great adventure. I met amazing people who were always appreciative of information services, access, and training to help them meet the healthcare needs of an often underserved population.”

In addition to working with health professionals and hospitals, Ann became involved with numerous community health organizations which formed in response to the health concerns of specific populations. One of the first such organizations with which Ann collaborated was Mountain Empire Older Citizens, the Area Agency on Aging. Ann was part of team which was awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to assist in further developing the Mountain Laurel Cancer Resource and Support Center housed at the Agency.  She was an early and long-term supporter of the Appalachian Cancer Patient Navigator Project, as well as a member the Advisory Board for the UVA Cancer Center Without Walls. She worked on taskforces both locally and at the state level with the goal of ensuring that patients and family members could have access to quality health information.

When not out in the community, Ann was based at the John Cook Wyllie Library located at UVA’s College at Wise. Here Ann used her expertise to help science and nursing students find and use specialized resources for their school and careers, as well as providing reference services to the broader student population.

In 2004, Ann received the Marguerite Able Service Recognition Award from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, which recognized her exemplary service to the chapter.

In 2011, Ann was awarded the Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award from the National Library of Medicine. The DeBakey is awarded to a practicing health sciences librarian in order to “recognize outstanding service and contributions to rural and underserved communities”. Ann, with her years of service to the underserved in Southwest Virginia, was much-deserving of this honor.

Though retiring, Ann is not leaving the area where she has made many friends and colleagues. She will continue to live in beautiful and historic Abingdon, Virginia. Come spring, she will begin a new adventure by visiting many state and national parks, and will also spend more time with her son and daughter in-law in Chicago.

We congratulate Ann on her years of service to the Library and the Southwest Virginia community. She has made many important contributions and has been instrumental in improving access to health information for health professionals as well as community members.

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