In honor of everyone using their time this summer to study for their board exams, this month’s “It Came From the Stacks” post is about a board review text. However, you might not want to use it for your boards as it was published 107 years ago.
Underwood & Gabell’s Aids to Dental Surgery is one volume in their “Student’s aids series.” The book is small and as the author states in his preface, “condense(s) into a concise form that department of the science of dental surgery which is capable of such treatment.” Underwood states that the books concentrates on matters which are likely to be included on examinations. “If the book smooths the path of any of the large body of dental students, with whose education and welfare my daily work has been and is so largely concerned, I shall feel that its object has been accomplished.”
Within this slim, 126 page book, the authors cover the breadth of dental science including bacteriology, hygiene, injuries and illnesses of the pulp, periosteum, mucous membrane, and jaws, extraction of teeth, and diseases arising from diseases of the teeth and gums.
LSUHSC-NO Libraries is lucky enough to hold one of only 12 copies of this work in the world. If you’d like to come take a look at this book or any of our more recent board review materials, please contact us or stop in to see us.
On Thursday, July 3rd, the Isché Library will close at 6 pm and the Dental Library will close at 5 pm. Both the Dental & Isché Libraries will be closed on Friday, July 4th and remain closed on Saturday, July 5th.
The Dental Library will reopen on Sunday, July 6th at 11:30 am and the Isché Library will reopen at 1:30 pm; they will resume their normal schedules.
Happy 4th and watch out for the heat & the fireworks.
This month we are highlighting a very interesting find from the Dental Library: Wit Love Frum Cousin Sylveste by Fred J. Wolfe D.D.S. This collection of original letters documents a small portion of the history of Louisiana dentistry, the Louisiana Dental Association, and Louisiana heritage.
Fred J. Wolfe D.D.S. was a New Orleans dentist who graduated from dental school in 1908 and established a practice on Canal Street. He served as President of the Louisiana Dental Association from 1927-1928. Beginning in the Summer of 1931, Dr. Wolfe authored letters published in Impressions, “A Journal of Friendly Relations published quarterly by the Louisiana State Dental Society”. The regular column, A Letter from Cousin Sylveste, detailed the state of Louisiana dentistry, the events that took place at Louisiana and national dental meetings, and daily life as a Louisiana dentist. Each letter was written in an irreverent Cajun dialect and pokes fun at the profession, meeting presenters, society leaders, and Louisiana culture. The last letter was published in the last issue of Impressions (1938 Summer: 7(3): 13-4) but Wit Love Frum Cousin Sylveste contains a special unpublished “Au Revoir frum Sylveste” letter dated May 18, 1939. The volume is signed by the author and many of the personalities who appear within the letters and was presented as a gift to the Louisiana State University School of Medicine Library in memory of Leo J. Schoeny, D.D.S.. an editor of the journal Impressions.
If you would like to take a look at this or any of the other special holdings in the Dental Library, please contact us. We are happy to show off our collection!
In the continuing series “It came from the stacks”, I present to you three books from the Dental Library that are just fun. They don’t have any great historical significance and certainly don’t have scientific value to a student of dentistry, but who can resist a tale of the “tooth gremlin”?
How a Tooth Moves, tells the story of “the orthodontist’s friend, the Tooth Gremlin”. Published in 1973, this picture book tells the story of a naked little gremlin who moves teeth during orthodontic treatment. He explains to children how the periodontal ligament is stretched on one side of the tooth and squeezed on the other causing the tooth to move and then bone is built up and the tooth stays in the new place. The book ends with the Tooth Gremlin reminding the reader that their headgear and elastics help move teeth too so “you do your part and I’ll do mine!” Curiously, a quick WorldCat query found that only two libraries have copies of this book: University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and LSUHSC-NO.
Another fun children’s book in the Dental Library is Hurray! I went to the Dentist Today by Mark Smoller, DDS. This picture book starts with this rhyme:
“HURRAY! I went to the dentist today
It was more fun than the games that I play.
We went to the dentist, my mother and me.
There were new things to do.
There were new things to see.”
It might not win any awards for poetry, but it does manage to describe several of the pieces of equipment a child will encounter in a dental office in rhyme.
The last of our historical picture books for children is Our Tooth Story; a tale of twenty teeth by Ethel and Leonard Kessler. This 1972 book tells of Mrs. Wood’s kindergarten class who start to lose their teeth. Prompted by this, they read a story, “Our Tooth Story” which describes the students’ dentists’ offices and how to take care of their teeth.
While these books are all older and probably not the books you’d give to a child anymore, they are an interesting look back at pediatric dentists attempt to alleviate children’s fear of visiting the dentist and dental procedures. If you’d like to come take a look at these books or some of our other children’s books, please contact us or stop in to see us.
The Libraries will closed for the Easter Holiday from Friday, April 18th through Sunday, April 20th. Additionally, the Isché Library will close at 8 pm on Thursday, April 17th.
Both Libraries will re-open on Monday, April 21st at 8 am.
While moving the dental books and journals we came across several books we’d like to tell everyone about in a series of posts in the continuing saga of “It Came From The Stacks” (insert foreboding music here…)
Our first book is a classic of dentistry from the Dental Library’s Old and Rare Collection. This over sized book, published in 1844, is by Paul B Goddard and is titled The Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Human Teeth; with the most approved methods of treatment, including operations, and the method of making and setting artifical teeth; with thirty plates, also known as “Goddard on the Teeth”.
Goddard on the Teeth
When “Goodard on the Teeth” was published, it was described in a review in American Journal of Medical Sciences as a “practical treatment on the subject of the teeth”. It is praised by the reviewer: “… the work is got up in the handsomest manner. The plates are indeed the best specimens of lithography we have seen executed in this country.” This book contains some remarkable images head and neck anatomy, microscopic structure of teeth. dental equipment, a four step pictorial description of extracting teeth using a key, and various forms of artificial teeth and plates, among others.
This is a very interesting book that is exemplary of the beginnings of modern dentistry. If you would like to take a look at it in person, please contact the Dental Library and make arrangements to come see it. We’d love to share our old and rare treasures with you.
The Dental Library staff hope you’ll join us on Thursday, March 13, at noon in the Copping Room (2309) as we discuss how to more effectively use PubMed through its more advanced search and citation management features, such as Clinical Queries, Medical Subject Headings, filters, citation matchers, and My NCBI.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP with an email to email@example.com.
Library Shoebox Float – 2010
Both the Isché and Dental Libraries will be closed on Mardi Gras day, Tuesday, March 4th.
Additionally, the Isché Library will be open the following hours this weekend:
- Saturday, March 1st 9:30 am to 3 pm
- Sunday, March 2nd 12 noon to 5:30 pm
- Monday, March 3rd 8 am to 5 pm
And will return to normal hours (8 am to 10 pm) on Wednesday, March 5th.
The Dental Library will maintain normal hours (11:30 am to 8 pm) on Sunday, March 2nd and will be open 8 am to 5 pm Monday, March 3rd and Wednesday through Friday, March 5th to 7th.
The Ask a Librarian/Chat Box, available from the Libraries’ webpage, has been so popular since the?áJanuary redesign that staffing hours are expanding.?á
The Service will now be available for most of the hours that the Isch?® Library is open. Hours will now be 8:30 am to 9:30 pm Monday through Thursday, Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday 2 pm to 9:30 pm.
Additionally, the Dental Library has it’s own?áAsk a Dental Librarian/Chat Box on it’s main page with staffing hours that match it’s opening and closing schedule.
It’s easy to tell if someone is available to answer your question by looking at the chat box.
Available / Unavailable
Of course, Library Staff are still available for assistance in person, on the phone or by email, too.
Due to the chance of snow & ice tomorrow, LSUHSC will be closed for classes on Tuesday, January 28th.
The Libraries will also be closed; although will be open this evening until regular time (10pm for Isch?® and 8pm for Dental).
*Update* the campus will remain closed on Wednesday, January 29th due to a weather emergency.
For the latest information, check the campus emergency website.
The Dental Library’s?áshelving repair project, which required that all print materials be removed from the shelves, has been completed more than 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Staff from Dental and Ische have worked diligently over the past 3 weeks to remove?áitems?ábefore repair work began and?áreturn them to their proper places (ie, ?ábooks in call number order and journals are alphabetical).
Ahead of schedule, the books section of the Dental Library has been set to rights, with shelving repaired and the collection back in place. The project will continue in the journals section of the library. An estimated completion date for that portion of the project is unknown. In the meantime, if you need a journal article from our serials stacks, please let the library staff know and we will locate it for you.
If you’ve been in the Dental Library recently, you’ve no doubt noticed that there aren’t any books on the shelves right now.
We are in the middle of a large project to fix and reinforce our shelving units and in order for that to happen, we had to take everything off the shelves. ?áAlthough the books and journals are stashed everywhere but where they should be right now, we are open and ready to help you find the information you need. ?áIt just might take a little longer than usual.
During this project, we will try to keep the noise to a minimum ?ábut there will be some inevitable disturbances. ?áFree earplugs are available at the circulation desk while we finish this project!
Thanks for your understanding and patience.
A new webpage design has been launched by the Dental and Isch?® Libraries. The new?ásite complies with the University design and fully integrates the two Libraries.
The new URL is http://www.lsuhsc.edu/library/. All bookmarks to old Library pages will redirect to the new main page.
Please let us know if you can’t find something you’ve used in the past.
Welcome to bright shiny new year! The Libraries are both open.
The Isch?® Library is open from 8 am to 6 pm Thursday, January 2nd and resumes normal hours on Friday, January 3rd.
The Dental Library is open from 8 am to 5 pm on Thursday, January 2nd and also resumes?ánormal hours on Friday, January 3rd.