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Brooks, Jessica P.

Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War Library Exhibition

Life & LimbThe LSUHSC  Libraries are hosting an exhibition developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine. This exhibit was developed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and the more than three million soldiers who fought in the war. Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War explores the experiences of disabled veterans, their role as symbols of the fractured nation and a stark reminder of the costs of the conflict.

The perspectives of surgeons, physicians, and nurses are richly documented in the history of Civil War medicine, which highlights the heroism and brutality of battlefield operations and the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime. Yet the experiences of injured soldiers during the conflict and in the years afterwards are less well-known.

More than three million soldiers fought in the war from 1861-1865. More than half a million died, and almost as many were wounded but survived. Hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery, which saved lives by sacrificing limbs.

 

 

Life & Limb 2In addition to the travelling exhibition, there is a display in the Library’s New Books section with supplemental material from our own collection on surgery, prosthetics and the Civil War. Some of the materials featured include books from our collection, journal articles that can be accessed through our catalog, photocopied materials from our old & rare collection, and links to resources available online. Check out the full Bibliography (with links!).

The Exhibit is available beginning August 4, 2014 at the Ische Library in the Learning Commons. The supplementary display is on the New Books shelves next to the internal elevators.

The display will move to the Dental Library on August 25 and will be available for viewing there until September 12.

Come and see it for yourself!

TEDMED 2014

On September 10-12, the library will host a live streaming broadcast of TEDMED 2014: Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine in the Library Commons.

TEDMED is an annual gathering of innovative pioneers in different disciplines and industries brought together to address the the big problems in healthcare. Speakers tell engaging personal stories in short segments, each focused on the future of health and medicine.

The 2014 conference will be broadcast from both Washington DC and San Francisco and co-hosted by eight individuals, including Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial: life and death in a storm-ravaged hospital. For a full list of sessions and speakers, the Stage Program is available here.

Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, here are a few of the most viewed TEDMED talks from previous years:
How did GenX inspire next-gen medical imaging? Lee Stein, TEDMED 2011.
When is a hacksaw a necessary medical device? Mark Hyman, TEDMED 2010.
Can we end aging? Aubrey de Grey, TEDMED 2009.

Introduction to RefWorks Classes

There are two upcoming Introduction to RefWorks classes. One will be held at the Isch?® Library on Wednesday, February 19 11am – Noon in the Computer Classroom (Room 405). The second class will be held at the Dental Library on Thursday, February 20 Noon – 1pm.

RefWorks is a Web-based bibliography and database manager. It allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from online databases and automatically format a paper and bibliography in seconds.

In this hands-on course participants will learn how to:

-Create a personalized RefWorks log-in that is accessible from anywhere
-Import references from PubMed & other databases
-Organize references into folders and share folders
-Format references into a Works Cited page
-Explore RefWorks tools to simplify the paper writing process (Write-N-Cite, RefGrabit)
-Each LSUHSC user will create and use a personal log-in

To register, send an e-mail to reference@lsuhsc.edu or call 504-568-6100.

PubMed Commons

Attention researchers published in PubMed:

PubMed Commons?áis an exciting new pilot project from the National Library of Medicine that allows researchers to comment on any scientific publication indexed in PubMed and to read the comments of others.

“PubMed Commons is a forum for open and constructive criticism and discussion of scientific issues. It will thrive with high quality interchange from the scientific community.”

Currently, PubMed Commons is in a pilot testing phase and only invited participants can add and view comments in PubMed. However, anyone in the pilot phase can invite a fellow author indexed in PubMed. All they need is your PubMed ID (PMID) and e-mail address. For more information on how to join PubMed Commons click here and stay tuned for the next phase of this project!

New Library Mobile Site!

The Library has a new mobile website. You can access the site through the “Mobile Isch?®” link on the homepage. When you go to the homepage (http://www.lsuhsc.edu/no/library)?áon any mobile device, a screen will prompt you to select the Library Mobile Site. The site includes access to the library catalog (INNOPAC), some of our most popular databases in mobile format, electronic journals, research guides, the web chat with a librarian service, library hours, contact information, locations, and frequently asked questions. If you have any feedback about the mobile site, please e-mail jbroo8@lsuhsc.edu.