Former journalist Martha Holoubek Fitzgerald, author of The Courtship of Two Doctors: A 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope & Healing, will discuss “Charity the Beautiful and Hen Medics: An Insider’s Look at 1930s New Orleans Medicine” at an upcoming event.
LSU Health Sciences Center Library has the book and other related materials in its archives.
When: Saturday September 28 @ 10am
Where: 219 Loyola Ave, New Orleans Public Library
Brought to you by the LSU Medical Alumni Association and the New Orleans Public Library
For more info visit: https://www.lsuhsc.edu/events/docs/FitzgeraldTalk.pdf
Sometimes you just come across a book that calls out to be profiled in our semi-regular “It came from the stacks” posts. This book does just that.
The Toothbrush: its Use and Abuse, a Treatise on Preventive Dentistry and Periodontia as Related to Dental Hygiene by Isador Hirchfeld, D.D.S., F.A.A.P. is a comprehensive tome on the history of the toothbrush and oral hygiene from ancient times to the books publication in 1939, the role of the toothbrush in treatment of oral condition, oral conditions that the toothbrush cannot cure, tooth brushing methods, and even the qualifications of a satisfactory toothbrush. Indeed, this book uses every one of it’s 591 pages to impart valuable knowledge to the reader about the lowly toothbrush.
Readers of The Toothbrush: its Use and Abuse will find chapters with such riveting titles as:
- “The Toothbrush in the Treatment of Suppurative Periodontoclasia (Pyorrhea)”
- “Traumatization of the Soft Tissues by the Toothbrush” (so jam packed it takes two chapters to cover)
- “Abnormalities of the Tooth Surface Induced by the Toothbrush and Various Other Agencies”
- “Tooth Brushing Methods in Common Use”
- “Care of the Toothbrush”
- and… “Cleansing of the Tongue”
On a more serious note, this book really is fascinating but perhaps not as the author intended at the time of publication. There are a large number of pictures illustrating the author’s assertions and descriptions of oral hygiene techniques and materials that we would shudder to think of in the present day.
The Toothbrush: its Use and Abuse is available for check out in the dental library.
LSUHSC-NO Libraries have added 15 digital books to its customized R2 Library from Rittenhouse Book Distributors. Links to each digital version are accessible through a simple search in the LSUHSC catalog’s holdings.
As a web-based ePlatform, the R2 Digital Library offers seamless eBook access on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and web-capable eReaders. An extensive image library, deep linking and integrated drug information provide an enhanced experience for the user. The R2 Digital Library’s user interface is optimized for the health sciences.
The newest R2 eBooks that are now available through our Libraries are:
- Resolving Ethical Dilemmas, by Bernard Lo, 5th edition: 2013. Also in print at: WB 60 L78r 2013 (Isché Reserve).
- Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology, by Vincent DeVita Jr., Theodore Lawrence, & Steven Rosenberg, 9th edition: 2011. Also in print at: QZ 200 D49c 2011 (Isché Reserve).
- The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Musculoskeletal System (Vol 6, Pt 1: Upper Limb), by Joseph Iannotti & Richard Parker, 2nd edition: 2013. Also in print at: QZ 17 N38n 2013 Pt.1 (Isché Stacks).
- The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Musculoskeletal System (Vol 6, Pt 2: Spine & Lower Limb), by Lynn Lippert, 2nd edition: 2013. Also in print at: QZ 17 N38n 2013 Pt.2 (Isché Stacks).
- Essentials of Medical Genetics for Health Professionals, by Laura Gunder & Scott Martin: 2011.
- Gerontology for the Health Care Professional, by Regula Robnett & Walter Chop, 2nd edition: 2010.
- Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry, by Michelle Riba & Divy Ravindranath, 1st edition: 2010.
- Cases in Clinical Medicine, by Pamela Moyers Scott: 2012.
- Challenging Cases in Pediatric Ophthalmology, by David Granet, Shira Robbins, & Leslie Baber: 2013.
- Pocket Companion to Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, by Richard Mitchell, Vinay Kumar, Abul Abbas, Nelson Fausto, & Jon Aster, 8th edition: 2012.
- Robbins & Cotran Atlas of Pathology, by Edward Klatt, 2nd edition: 2010.
- Lippincott’s Primary Care Musculoskeletal Radiology, by George Bridgeforth & John Cherf: 2011.
- Physician Assistant, by Ruth Ballweg, Edward Sullivan, Darwin Brown, & Daniel Vetrosky, 5th ed: 2013. Also in print at: W 21.5 B21 2013 (Isché Reserve).
- Concise Histology, by Leslie Garner & James Hiatt: 2011.
- Pediatric Nursing Procedures, by Vicky Bowden & Cindy Greenberg, 3rd edition: 2012.
The fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is now available through the PsychiatryOnline database. The DSM-5® is the product of more than ten years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health.
The DSM has been the most comprehensive resource used by health professionals, social workers, and forensic and legal specialists to diagnose and classify mental disorders. In the United States the DSM serves as a universal authority for the diagnosis of psychiatric illnesses. Treatment recommendations, as well as payment by health care providers, are often determined by DSM classifications, so the appearance of a new version has significant practical importance.
The DSM-5® was published on May 18, 2013, superseding the DSM-IV®, which was published in 1994. The development of the new edition began with a conference in 1999, and proceeded with the formation of a Task Force in 2007, which developed and field-tested a variety of new classifications. In most respects DSM-5® is not greatly changed from DSM-IV®. Notable innovations include dropping Asperger syndrome as a distinct classification; loss of subtype classifications for variant forms of schizophrenia; dropping the “bereavement exclusion” for depressive disorders; a revised treatment of gender identity issues; and a new gambling disorder.
Also featured in PsychiatryOnline’s DSM Library are:
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV-TR®)
- DSM-IV-TR® Handbook of Differential Diagnosis
- Cases from DSM-IV-TR® Casebook and Its Treatment Companion
PsychiatryOnline is a web-based psychiatry portal that includes books, journals, textbooks, practice guidelines, self-assessment, clinical and research news and medication patient handouts. LSUHSC-NO faculty, staff, and students can access PsychiatryOnline on campus, or off campus with use of a valid LSUHSC library barcode and PIN. Visit our PsychiatryOnline electronic resource page for more info. You can also connect to PsychiatryOnline by visiting the Library’s website, and then selecting the “Online Resources” category.
Twelve authors from several schools within LSUHSC-NO have recently had prestigious inclusion in important books and book chapters that are geared to those in the health professions. The Library is currently highlighting these on our New Books shelf:
- Campbell-Walsh Urology (2012: 4 vols). J. Christian Winters (Medicine), Christopher J. Chermansky (Medicine), contributors
- Clinical Laboratory Science Review: a bottom line approach (2011). Patsy C. Jarreau (Allied Health), author
- Clinical Work with Traumatized Young Children (2011). Joy D. Osofsky (Medicine), author
- Essentials of General Surgery (2013). John T. Paige (Medicine), contributor
- Essentials of Regional Anesthesia (2012). Alan David Kaye (Medicine), ed.
- Hernia Surgery (2013). John T. Paige (Medicine), contributor
- Health Policy: application for nurses & other healthcare professionals (2012; on reserve). Demetrius J. Porche (Nursing), author
- Medical Physiology: a systems approach (2011; on reserve). Michael G. Levitsky (Medicine), author
- Moderate & Deep Sedation in Clinical Practice (2012). Alan David Kaye (Medicine), ed.
- Pilbeam’s Mechanical Ventilation: physiological & clinical applications (2012; on reserve). Jimmy M. Cairo (Allied Health), author
- Pulmonary Pathophysiology: a clinical approach (2010; on reserve). Michael G. Levitsky (Medicine), Juzar Ali (Medicine), Warren R. Summer (Medicine), eds.
- Pulmonary Physiology (2013; on reserve). Michael G. Levitsky (Medicine), ed.
- Simulation in Radiology (2012). Hugh J. Robertson (Medicine), John T. Paige (Medicine), Leonard Bok (Medicine), eds.
- Textbook of Simulation: skills & team training (2012). John T. Paige (Medicine), contributor
Any of these items that are not on reserve can be checked out! Feel free to drop by and peruse them.
As a Louisiana native or even an adventurous visitor, you’ve probably fed an alligator a marshmallow or two. What’s the allure of marshmallows to a wild swamp creature? We may never truly know, but for an animal that will scarf down turtle shells, rocks, lures, beer cans, and shoes, marshmallows are probably the least of its worries.
Profiled in the Times-Picayune for their project in 1951, the self-proclaimed LSU “alligator men” studied the production of acid gastric juice and self-induced hibernation in alligators, as compared to iguanas and chameleons. The stars of this “zoo” were Dr. Roland Coulson, LSUMC faculty (1944-2004), Dr. Thomas Hernandez, LSUMC faculty (1960-1977) and Chair of Pharmacology, Dr. Fred G. Brazda, LSUMC faculty (1939-1977) and Chair of Biochemistry, and their graduate student, Dr. Herbert C. Dessauer. In the preface of a later work, Alligator Metabolism, Coulson and Hernandez speak to the origin of their honorary titles”: “It is not possible to have done research on alligators for many years without having gained a reputation for eccentricity as a consequence of the choice of experimental animal. One accepts this and learns to live with it. [...] By some, an alligator man is tolerated (as a harmless eccentric should be), and by others he is admired for the fearless manner in which he confronts such a ‘terrifying’ beast.”
Though certainly fearless, these doctors chose smaller gators to reduce the risk of injury, and by the time the animals reached a rowdy 20 pounds, they were returned to the swamp. Because alligators produce a large amount of hydrochloric acid during digestion, they perform a more dramatic and more readily observable process of digestion. Alligators are also tougher physically and less prone to blood poisoning, making them easier to study. In addition to their excellent acid production, the test gators self-induced a sort of hibernation in winter despite the fact that researchers kept them in windowless rooms with automatic lights; by abstaining from food and decreasing sugar in the bloodstream, the test subjects did not grow.
The practical application of the research of the “alligator men” may not seem readily apparent, but as Dr. Coulson explains in the newspaper article, “The scientist doesn’t have to be working toward the cure of any specific malady […] but often he stumbles upon it by accident, through just a study as ours.” They developed enough material to write numerous journal articles (PubMed author search results hyperlinked above) and monographs. Two books co-authored by Dr. Coulson and Dr. Hernandez are available in the Library: Alligator Metabolism: Studies on Chemical Reactions in Vivo and Biochemistry of the Alligator: A Study of Metabolism in Slow Motion.
Dr. Herbert Dessauer, who began as a humble graduate student and would go on to become Professor Emeritus of molecular biology at LSU Medical Center, passed away earlier this month after a brief illness. We would like to recognize his contributions to not only the scientific community, but also to LSU. For more information on the contributions of each of the renowned doctors mentioned in this post, please consult A History of LSU School of Medicine New Orleans, which is available in the Library. When you stop by, be sure to check out our display cases, which are home to various medical artifacts including an analytical balance used by Coulson, Hernandez, and Dessauer.
Glimpse of the Past is an ongoing project to promote the Louisiana Digital Library effort. This Month in History will present for your reading pleasure a closer look into a newspaper clipping of note from our Digital Collections and articles relating to the LSU Medical School.
The Collection Development Department is pleased to offer a new web page for its services: http://www.lsuhsc.edu/no/library/services/colldev.html. Collection Development is primarily responsible for ordering books, managing reserves, and processing donations. Patrons can now submit book requests online and find important information regarding reserves and donations. We hope you will find these features to be helpful!
In the spotlight is a selection of recently published books that have been purchased by the Library. They can be viewed on the New Books Shelf, which is on the third floor of the Library next to the internal elevator. And yes, they CAN be checked out!
- Using occupational therapy theory in practice (2012) by Gail Boniface & Alison Seymour
- Cellular and molecular immunology (2012) by Abul K. Abbas, Andrew H. Lichtman, & Shiv Pillai ; illustrations by David L. Baker, Alexandra Baker
- Arthritis in black and white (2012) by Anne C. Brower & Donald J. Flemming, Stephanie A. Bernard, associate editor
- Clinical gynecologic oncology (2012) by Philip J. Di Saia & William T. Creasman, editors
- Smith’s patient-centered interviewing : an evidence-based method (2012) by Auguste H. Fortin VI, et al
- Visual attention in children : theories and activities (2012) by Kenneth A. Lane
- Medically important fungi : a guide to identification (2011) by Davise H.Larone
- Public health for an aging society (2012) by Thomas R. Prohaska, Lynda A. Anderson, & Robert H. Binstock, editors
- A nuts-and-bolts approach to teaching nursing (2012) by Mary T. Quinn Griffin & Jeanne M. Novotny
- Nurses in war : voices from Iraq and Afghanistan (2012) by Elizabeth Scannell-Desch & Mary Ellen Doherty
- APA addiction syndrome handbook (2012, 2 volumes) by Howard J. Shaffer, editor-in-chief ; Debi A. LaPlante & Sarah E. Nelson, associate editors
- Handbook of stress, coping, and health : implications for nursing research, theory, and practice (2012) by Virginia Hill Rice
- Ocular differential diagnosis (2012) by Frederick Hampton Roy
- Wounds and lacerations : emergency care and closure (2012) by Alexander Trott
- Research for the public good : applying the methods of translational research to improve human health and well-being (2012) by Elaine Wethington & Rachel E. Dunifon, editors
The Medical Secretary's Manual, 1966
Dig that cover.
Before dictation machines, tape recorders or speech recognition software, there was shorthand, an abbreviated writing method that increases speed of writing. When The Medical Secretary’s Manual burst onto the scene in 1966, it differed from other medical shorthand books by offering clinically oriented material to accompany the dashes and swoops that encompass stenography. A 1967 JAMA review observed:
Each section is devoted to a particular system or organ of the body. Before confronting the reader with definitions and shorthand symbols for each specific term or phrase, Miss Eshom provides a simplified description of the system under discussion and frequently includes helpful schematic drawings. This background information distinguishes her book from the usual text of medical shorthand.
For avid note-takers with an aversion to technology medical shorthand can still be useful, and indeed, those in need of a simplified overview of anatomy and medical terminology may find the clinical information interesting as well. I suppose that is why this book is still up in the library stacks, keeping the Sixities alive.
A book new to our library adds to our collection of Hansen’s disease materials.
Alone no longer; the story of a man who refused to be one of the living dead! By Stanley Stein with Lawrence G. Blochman. (1963)
From a 1963 JAMA book review:
Written for popular readership, this engrossing autobiography of a Carville patient chronicles medical and social progress in treating Hansen’s disease. The author, editor of the hospital newspaper, stresses the crusade to dissociate Hansen’s disease from the “leprosy” stigmatized in the Bible, and to eradicate the term “leper” with its odious social and moral connotations.
Stanley Stein was a Hansen’s disease patient at Carville from 1931 until his death in 1967. He established The Star in 1941, four years after he became completely blind. Alone no longer is his autobiography.
This book was generously donated by Dr. James Riopelle, and is available for check out in the library.
The Library is highlighting 16 recent publications that have been added to the fourth floor stacks! For now, they can be perused on the New Books Shelf, which is on the third floor next to the internal elevator. And yes, they CAN be checked out!
- Bray, George A. Contemporary diagnosis and management of obesity and the metabolic syndrome. (2011)
- Meinert, Curtis L. An insider’s guide to clinical trials. (2011)
- Urman, Richard D. Moderate and deep sedation in clinical practice. (2012)
- Kandel, Eric R. In search of memory : the emergence of a new science of mind. (2007)
- Klyklo, William M. Clinical child psychiatry. (2012)
- Walls, Ron M. Manual of emergency airway management. (2012)
- Jensen, Gail M. Handbook of teaching and learning for physical therapists. (2013)
- Day, Robert A. How to write and publish a scientific paper. (2011)
- Perloff, Joseph K. Perloff’s clinical recognition of congenital heart disease. (2012)
- West, John B. Pulmonary pathophysiology : the essentials. (2013)
- West, John B. Respiratory physiology : the essentials. (2012)
- Gettings, Robert M. Forging a federal-state partnership : a history of federal developmental disabilities policy. (2011)
- Cui, Dongmei. Atlas of histology : with functional and clinical correlations. (2011)
- Sewell, Jeanne P. Informatics and nursing : opportunities and challenges. (2013)
- de Chesnay, Mary. Caring for the vulnerable : perspectives in nursing theory, practice, and research. (2012)
- Benner, Patricia E. Clinical wisdom and interventions in acute and critical care : a thinking-in-action approach. (2011)
It was always exciting to go digging around in your grandparent’s attic as a kid. You never know what you might find; old photos, love letters and toys, maybe a treasure map to lost pirate gold.
Imagine if you got to dig around in all the old stuff the National Library of Medicine has laying around. Now you can catch a glimpse of their weird, wacky and wonderful collection.
Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine is a beautiful and fascinating new book. Check out a New York Times review or have a look yourself. The book is available in the Isché Library stacks and as an EBook online from NLM.
Now available in the library
The Book Club will gather on Monday, May 7th from 12:15pm to 1:45pm in MEB Lecture Room 4 for a “brown bag” discussion of the book and its relevance for the work we all do. A distinguished panel featuring Drs. Corey Hebert, Cassandra Youmans, and John Estrada will lead this important discussion.
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor, black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Broadway Paperbacks 2011), by Rebecca Skloot, is an enjoyable read that delves into issues of health care disparities and medical ethics. An award winning piece of non-fiction, this book was featured on over 60 critics’ best of the year lists and was awarded the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Excellence in Science Writing, the 2011 Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Audiobook, and a Medical Journalists’ Association Open Book Award.
The Isché Library and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) are celebrating April as Occupational Therapy Month. The Library has a group of important books on the subject of OT currently displayed on the third floor next to the Library elevator.
These titles include:
- Cole, MB. Group dynamics in occupational therapy: the theoretical basis and practice application of group intervention (2005; 2012 edition is also available on Reserve).
- Stein, F, & Cutler, SK. Psychosocial occupational therapy: a holistic approach (2002).
- Hemphill-Pearson, BJ. Assessments in occupational therapy mental health: an integrative approach (2008).
- Willard, HS, & edited by EB Crepeau, ES Cohn, BA Boyt Schell; 104 contributors. Willard & Spackman’s occupational therapy (2003; 2012 edition is also available on Reserve).
- Christiansen, CH, CM Baum, & J Bass-Haugen. Occupational therapy: performance, participation, and well-being (2005; 2009 edition is also available on Reserve).
- Law, M, C Baum, & W Dunn. Measuring occupational performance: supporting best practice in occupational therapy (2005).
- Letts, L, P Rigby, & D Stewart. Using environments to enable occupational performance (2003).
- Law, L, & MA McColl. Interventions, effects, and outcomes in occupational therapy: adults and older adults (2010).
- Moyers, PA, & LM Dale. The guide to occupational therapy practice (2007).
- Wilcock, AA. An occupational perspective of health (2006).
- McCormack, GL, EG Jaffe, & M Goodman-Lavey. The occupational therapy manager (2003).
- Jacobs, K. Ergonomics for therapists (2007).
- Fazio, LS. Developing occupation-centered programs for the community (2008).
- Kielhofner, G. A model of human occupation: theory and application (2002).
- Radomski, MV, & CA Trombly Latham. Occupational therapy for physical dysfunction (2008).
Don’t forget to also investigate the Library’s occupational therapy eBooks: an assortment is available through online resources such as the R2 Digital Library, Stat!Ref, and Books@Ovid.
More info about Occupational Therapy Month and the OT profession is available on the Association’s website at www.aota.org.