It came from the stacks

New Year, New Books!

The Isché Library is starting 2017 by featuring new books and E-books! Some of these books are required for Spring 2017 classes, so come and see if one of your textbooks is on display.
The display is located near the 3rd floor elevator. Subjects include nursing research & theory, physiopathology, genetics, data systems, rehabilitation, neuroscience, orthopedics, and more.

These books and many more are available for checkout or online access. If you have questions about checking out a book or accessing an E-book, do not hesitate to ask a library staff member.

It Came From the Stacks

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.

aids to dental surgery

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.

It came from the stacks

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.

wit love

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!

It came from the stacks

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 1How a tooth moves 2

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.

Hurray I went to the dentist today

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.

Our tooth story

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.

New Books Featured @ Ische

The Isché Library is featuring 20 newly acquired books for the latter part of April and all of May. The subjects include nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, communication disorders, education, ethics, etc.

These books CAN be checked out!

New Books Display April/May 2014

New Books Display April/May 2014

Featured books include:

  1. Baker, Robert    Before bioethics: a history of American medical ethics from the colonial period to the bioethics revolution W 50 B17 2013
  2. Cole, Steven A. The medical interview: the three function approach. [by] Steven A. Cole [and] Julian Bird. 3rd edition. WB 290 C67m 2014
  3. Occupational therapy for physical dysfunction / editors, Mary Vining Radomski, Catherine A. Trombly Latham. 7th ed. WB 555 T75o 2014
  4. Hassink, Sandra Gibson.                Pediatric obesity: prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies for primary care. 2nd ed. WD 210 H27 2014
  5. McKinnis, Lynn N., 1959- Fundamentals of musculoskeletal imaging. 4th ed.  WE 141 M21 2014
  6. Garrard, Judith. Health sciences literature review made easy: the matrix method. 4th ed. W 20.5 G19h 2014
  7. Innovations in nursing education: building the future of nursing. Edited by Linda Caputi.  WY 18 C175b 2014
  8. Corr, Charles A. Death & dying, life & living. Charles A. Corr & Donna M. Corr ; with contributions from Tashel C. Bordere.           7th ed. BF 789.D4 C81d 2013
  9. Irwin, David (David L.)    Clinical research methods in speech-language pathology and audiology. Mary Pannbacker, Norman J. Lass.      2nd ed. W 20.5 Ir9 2014
  10. Jones, David S. (David Shumway) Broken hearts: the tangled history of cardiac care. WG 300 J71 2013
  11. Iserson, Kenneth V. Iserson’s getting into a residency: a guide for medical students. 8th ed. W 20 Is2g 2013
  12. Fundamentals of hand therapy: clinical reasoning and treatment guidelines for common diagnoses of the upper extremity. Edited by Cynthia Cooper. 2nd ed. WE 830 C784 2014
  13. Fink, Sheri. Five days at Memorial: life and death in a storm-ravaged hospital. WX 28 AL6 F49 2013
  14. Tille, Patricia M. Bailey & Scott’s diagnostic microbiology. 13th ed. QW 25 B15d 2014
  15. Weiss, Donna (Donna F.) The interprofessional health care team: leadership and development. Donna Weiss, Felice J. Tilin, and Marlene J. Morgan. W 84.8 W43 2014
  16. Introduction to research in education.  {by] Donald Ary [and others]. 9th ed.  W 20.5 Ar9 2014
  17. Dysphagia assessment and treatment planning: a team approach / [Edited by] Rebecca Leonard [and] Katherine A. Kendall.  3rd ed.  WI 250 L58 2014
  18. Adult audiologic rehabilitiation. [Edited by] Joseph J. Montano [and] Jaclyn B. Spitzer. 2nd ed.  WV 270 M76 2014
  19. Alfaro-LeFevre, Rosalinda. Applying nursing process: the foundation for clinical reasoning / Rosalinda Alfaro-LeFevre. 8th ed. WY 100 AL28 2014
  20. Ralph, Sheila Sparks. Sparks and Taylor’s nursing diagnosis reference manual.  Sheila Sparks Ralph [and] Cynthia M. Taylor. 9th ed. WY 100 Sp2n 2014


Happy Reading!

It came from the stacks

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

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.

Goddard plate

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.

It came from the stacks…

Sometimes you just come across a book that calls out to be profiled in our semi-regular “It came from the stacks” posts. ?áThis book does just that.

The Toothbrush: its Use and Abuse, a Treatise on Preventive Dentistry and Periodontia as Related to Dental Hygiene?áby 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. ?áIndeed, this book uses every one of it’s 591 pages to impart valuable knowledge to the reader about the lowly toothbrush.

Readers of?áThe 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. ?áThere 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.

Friday fun: It came from the stacks, groovy shorthand edition

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?áburst 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.





Inner Beauty of Nature: X-Ray Photography

The retired professor of surgery, Bert Myers, published a book about x-ray photography. A mere 18 years after the x-ray was discovered by Roentgen, the French scientist Goby took an x-ray of a leaf in 1913 and soon to follow were others that took an interest in the unique and creative art form. Most recently, Myers has been adding color to some of his x-rayed images through Photoshop.

The book mentions four image manipulations: positive, negative, solarized, and line derivation. ?áBelow is a positive black & white image of a blue crab.

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For more details and an up close look at more photos, the book is available through his website or borrow the library’s copy.

If you arenÔÇÖt familiar with locating books in our library donÔÇÖt fret, take a look at our How to find a book tutorial on the libraryÔÇÖs homepage (updates coming soon!).

Space Medicine

From the Civil War to the first manned space flight, April 12th is a busy day. firstmaninspace11-sr

LSUHSC Libraries owns a few books on the medical implications of space flight. All are cataloged under the subjects Space Flight or Aerospace Medicine. All the books in our collection are between 50 and 20 years old, as this isn’t a popular area for monographs.

My personal favorite:
America’s astronauts and their indestructible spirit by Fred Kelly with a foreward by Buzz Aldrin. Published 1986, the author was a former NASA physician and a 1951 alum of the LSU Medical School.

It came from the stacks

If you’re like me and a fan of the TV show Bones, you might enjoy these two new additions to the library:

The Bone Lady : Life As A Forensic Anthropologist.
Trail Of Bones : More Cases From The Files Of A Forensic Anthropologist.

As director of the Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Laboratory at Louisiana State University, Mary H. Manhein unravels mysteries of life and death every day. A fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and an expert on the human skeleton, Manhein assists law enforcement officials across the country in identifying bodies and solving criminal cases. Manhein reveals the everyday realities of forensic anthropology. Going beyond the stereotypes portrayed on television, this real-life crime scene investigator unveils a gritty, exhausting, exacting, alternately rewarding and frustrating world where teamwork supersedes individual heroics and some cases unfortunately remain unsolved. A natural storyteller, Manhein provides gripping accounts of dozens of cases from her twenty-four-year career. Some of them are famous, others less well-known but equally compelling. Possessing both compassion and tenacity, Mary Manhein has an extraordinary gift for telling a life story through bones. Trail of Bones takes readers on an entertaining and educating walk in the shoes of this remarkable scientist who has dedicated her life to providing justice for those no longer able to speak for themselves.

Both books are located at the Dental Library and can be checked out.

It came from the stacks

Can pain relief be attributed to the use of static magnets? Is T’ai Chi an effective intervention for rehabilitating stroke victims? Can biofeedback (a therapy that uses specialized devices to help individuals learn how to influence the function of organs or body systems that aren?óÔé¼Ôäót usually thought to be under conscious control) control urinary incontinence?

Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation: Holistic Approaches for Prevention and Wellness, edited by Carol M. Davis (EdD PT), attempts to addresses these questions and more. Rest assured, this is not some crunchy book on new age medicine. All chapters are written by licensed rehabilitation professionals, 12 of which hold PhDs in areas such as physical therapy, pathokinesiology, biochemistry, and neurophysiology, and backed up with references as well as a healthy dose of skepticism.

22 chapters are divided into 5 sections, beginning with an introductory manifesto on “energy techniques as a way of returning healing to healthcare.” Section two delves into the science that supports complementary therapies, such as quantum physics and psychoneuroimmulology. The final sections (body work, mind/body work and energy work, respectively) cover various approaches to rehabilitation, including Tai Chi, Myofascial Therapy, Yoga, and Rolfing.

In addition to very useful chapters and images on the use of T’ai Chi and Qi Gong in rehabilitation, what I like about this book is that the authors of the chapters offer a degree of skepticism when it comes to their subject, and hold no punches if the available research evidence is not up to snuff. As Neil Spielholz, author of the chapter “Magnets: what is the evidence of efficacy?” puts it, “Do not complain that you cannot get your work into the peer-reviewed literature when the reason is that the ‘research’ does not qualify as being credible.” References are provided at the end of each chapter, another trove of information for specific holistic approaches.

Overall, Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation: Holistic Approaches for Prevention and Wellness is well-written and easy to read, either all at once or for a a specific technique. As written in the dedication, the book is for “all those people who are willing to hold an open mind and a positive attitude about the findings of ‘new science’…[and to] those helping to move science forward for the good of improved patient care.” For those interested in complementary approaches to patient care, and the theories behind it, this book is an excellent starting point.

Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation: Holistic Approaches for Prevention and Wellness (3rd Edition: 2009)
Carol M. Davis, Editor
WB 320 D29c 2009

It came from the stacks: The Knife Man

Welcome to the first installation of an occasional series called IT CAME FROM THE STACKS: an exploration of the hidden gems in our collection

The Knife Man: Blood, body snatching, and the birth of modern surgery by Wendy Moore (2005)
Available on 4th floor Library Stacks: WZ 100 M78k 2005

This book is about John Hunter, an orphaned Scottish boy who grew up to become 18th century London’s premier maverick surgeon, “as reknowned and respected in Georgian England as he was feared and reviled.” The Knife Man explores this larger than life figure, a master surgeon and anatomist who is not only considered the father of modern surgery, but also an inspiration for literary works from Dr. Doolittle to Frankenstein.

Interesting things I learned from this book:

  • John Hunter at one point orchestrated a heist of the corpse of the “Irish Giant“, at the time the world’s tallest man, regardless of the Giant’s explicit orders to the contrary. Hunter was so afraid of getting caught that in preparing the specimen, “he hurriedly chopped the Goliath into pieces, threw the chunks into his immense copper vat, and boiled the lot down into a jumble of gigantic bones. After skimming the fat out of the cauldron, Hunter deftly re-assembled the pile of bones to create [his] awesome skeleton.”
  • In his exploration of sexually transmitted diseases, John Hunter performed a series of experiments on an ‘anonymous subject’ that included inoculating the unnamed man with gonorrhea and recording the effects of various treatments. It is widely postulated the subject of this experiment was Hunter himself. His work Treatise on the Venereal Disease, which stemmed from this research, is available free online.
  • Though Hunter was a renowned & beloved medical teacher, counting Edward Jenner, who developed the smallpox vaccine, and Dr. Philip Syng Physick, American surgeon, among his many students who carried on Hunter’s zeal for medical education. Hunter’s brother-in-law Edward Home would not hold him in such high regard. After his death, Home stole and burnt many of Hunter’s copious notes, but not before plargiarizing several of Hunter’s unpublished experiments as his own.
  • Hunter was an avid collector of exotic animals as well as an anatomist skilled in making medical preparations of human bodies. His collection was so large that he built a museum in his Leicester Square home to house the over 13,700 preparations. Hunter’s home was the inspiration for the house in R.L. Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. After Hunter died of heart failure during a meeting with his rivals at St. George’s Hospital in 1793, the collection languished until 1799, when it was bequeathed to the Royal College of Surgeons.
  • Bottom line: The Knife Man offers a lively, educational and sometimes tragic glimpse into the rise of modern surgery, as told through the life of one of surgery’s greatest masters.