1. Take a “Paws Pause” at the Health Sciences Library!

    Stressed out by finals, boards, or just life in general? Pause at the Health Sciences Library with someone with paws!  From April 24-May 15, registered Pet Partners© teams will be available by appointment only on varying days and times to help you relax and reduce stress.  Even if you’re just curious about the work these teams do, we encourage you to sign up for a visit.

    The Health Sciences Library (HSL) has invited several Pet Partners teams (a sample are pictured below) to visit our library. All teams will be a human handler and their dog and all are trained to support your physical and emotional well-being through Animal Assisted Activity.  All visits with the Pet Partners will take place in an enclosed staff conference room on the first floor of the HSL.

    Register now for your 20 minute visit with one of the Pet Partners Teams!

    If the Register link above does not work, please copy and paste this URL into your internet browser: http://hslstream.ucdenver.edu/classes/#48



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  2. BrowZine trial

    Check out the app that can help you stay current with academic journals, including titles with no app for institutional subscribers.  We have a trial set up for BrowZine which has been configured with many of the journals we subscribe to. You can read articles offline and sync with Zotero, dropbox, and more.

    After downloading the free BrowZine app select our institution: University of Colorado Health Sciences Library and enter your usual library login credentials. Authentication FAQs.

    Please provide any feedback to heidi.zuniga@ucdenver.edu or fill out a form here.

    BrowZine is only available for iPads at this time, but the company is working on an app for Android tablets as well.

    Browzine Journal Browsing App - iPad Logo

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  3. Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

    Wonder by R.J. Palacio.   Health Sciences Library Medical Humanities/3rd Floor QS 675 P153w 2012


    What was the last children’s novel you read? Harry Potter? Wonder is a children’s novel adults should read.

    The novel is essentially a story about kindness, bestowed altruistically or coerced, and what it means to be “ordinary”.  The center of the novel is Auggie, who is a fifth grader beginning school after years of homeschooling. Auggie feels he is ordinary, even though his face is disfigured from a genetic disorder. The novel relates the events of Auggie’s first year of school from many points of view. We hear first from Auggie and then from his sister, his principal and his friends. Throughout the novel Palacio reframes the concept of “ordinary”.Each character faces challenges, but some individual’s challenges are much more difficult and enduring than others. In the end empathy and kindness prevail. The reader understands that Auggie will continue to face adversity, but is developing deeper understanding and the strength and support networks to allow him to navigate these challenges.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  4. FYI: New Articles on Scholarly Communication

    Three new articles:

    Scholars Increasingly Use Online Resources, Survey Finds, but They Value Traditional Formats Too The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 8, 2013

    Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)  The New York Times, April 7, 2013

    Investigating journals: The dark side of publishing Nature, March 27, 2013

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  5. FYI: Are you negotiating a physician salary?

    Medscape Physician Compensation Report

    This time of year residents and fellows are often leaving campus for new professional opportunities and departments here are hiring new physicians.

    Take some of the guesswork out of  negotiation with the free Medscape Physician Compensation Report.  The report is free, but registration with the site is required to view the report.

    general overview and specialty reports are available.  Each year Medscape surveys 24,000 plus U.S. physicians in general and specialty practice in a variety of settings in all parts of the country.  Survey participation varies by specialty, so data for some specialties may only represent 200-400 participants.

    Educate yourself to ask for and offer the most competitive compensation.

    Medscape also offers several other interesting annual reports on ethics, work satisfaction, and insurers.  See how you compare with peers on these professional issues.  (Scroll down to the Reports in the Business of Medicine section.)

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  6. MD Consult/Nursing Consult Enhancements

    You can link to articles in other resources from within MD Consult and Nursing Consult .

    MDConsult links

    You can also now switch to MD Consult from within Nursing Consult using a pull-down menu in the upper right corner of the Nursing Consult interface.



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  7. Rare Book Profile: John Elliotson’s Numerous Cases of Surgical Operations Without Pain in the Mesmeric State.

    John Elliotson’s Numerous Cases of Surgical Operations Without Pain in the Mesmeric State: With Remarks Upon the Opposition of Many Members of the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society and Others to the Reception of the Inestimable Blessings of Mesmerism (Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1843) is one of the earliest works on the use of hypnosis as surgical anesthesia.  Physicians at the time were experimenting with a number of substances, seeking to dull pain without killing the patient. The use of ether as an anesthetic was introduced in 1846.

    John Elliotson (1791-1868) was a prominent London physician.  After studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Cambridge University, and St. Thomas and Guy’s hospitals in London, he became a professor of medicine at London University in 1831, and physician to University College Hospital in 1834.  He was one of the first in London to emphasize clinical lecturing and one of the earliest British physicians to advocate use of the stethoscope. He was a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society, served as president of the Medico-Chirurgical Society, and was a founding member of the Phrenological Society.  Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, and Wilkie Collins were among his admirers.

    At the time that Elliotson was beginning his career, there was a resurgence of popular interest in mesmerism, which had been considered discredited 50 years earlier by a French commission of prominent scientists, including Benjamin Franklin. While some later inquiries were not as dismissive, Mesmerism was considered scientifically questionable.

    Elliotson witnessed public demonstrations of mesmeric trance by French practitioners in 1837, and began using it in his practice.  Elliotson’s advocacy of mesmerism and public demonstrations he gave at University College Hospital drew criticism from the medical profession. One of his harshest critics was Thomas Wakley, editor of The Lancet, who had at first supported him. Opposition from the Council of University College and the Hospital Committee forced him to resign his posts in 1838, but he continued in private practice. In 1843 Elliotson established The Zoist, a mesmerist magazine in which he continued experimental and scientific investigation of mesmeric phenomena, and he founded a mesmeric hospital in 1849.

    In Numerous Cases of Surgical Operations Without Pain in the Mesmeric State, Elliotson describes procedures performed by himself and others, especially an amputation by W. Squire Ward and mesmerist W. Topham. He describes the controversy that broke this case was reported and addresses his critics’ arguments. It is a slim, inexpensively produced volume, with small type, narrow margins, and no illustrations.

    The Health Sciences Library’s copy is the first American edition, published in the same year as the British edition. It is bound in green ribbed cloth with the title stamped in gilt on the front cover. It came to the library as a gift from James J. Waring.


    Rare materials are available to individuals or groups by appointment on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, or at other times by arrangement. To schedule an appointment, contact Emily Epstein, emily.epstein@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-2119.

    [Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

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  8. New Web Librarian at HSL

    Vivienne Houghton is the new Web Services Librarian at the Health Sciences Library. Vivienv.houghtonne is a recent graduate of the Masters in Library and Information Science program at University of Denver. Vivienne led a very active student career focusing on the Web and libraries, and volunteered at HSL IT for many months prior to applying and being selected for the position. She is enthusiastic about user-centered web design, web 2.0 tools and social media, as well as taking advantage of open-source content management software for the web such as Drupal and Joomla.

    Some words people use to describe Vivienne include: resourceful, highly organized, committed, dynamic, and cheerful! Please join us in welcoming Vivienne to the library and look for changes and improvements to our web services very soon!

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  9. Media and Medicine: How did Mary Ingalls lose her eyesight?

    Devoted fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder's successful Little House on the Prairie books and subsequent television  program know that Mary Ingalls' blindness was the result of Scarlet Fever.

    Recent research suggests that may not be the case. A fan and physician, Dr. Beth Tarini, has reviewed Ingalls family papers and contemporary reports and found that Mary had scarlet fever long before the onset of her blindness.

    What could have caused Mary's loss of sight? Tarini and colleagues speculate in an issue of Pediatrics.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  10. Mobile app available for Natural Medicines Database

     Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: scientific clinical information on complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies. To download app, first access this database from an on-campus computer and request a CE ID # by clicking "I don't have a CE ID#" in the yellow CE login box. Once you have the number, download the app.

    Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id512681918?mt=8
    Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=trc.nmcd

    Questions/problems: heidi.zuniga@ucdenver.edu

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  11. FYI: Use Clickme to visualize R data sets

    Do you use R to explore data sets in your research?

    clickme works with R to render JavaScript visualizations using R data objects as input. Its goal is to make interactive visualizations as easy to use as the base plot function.

    Want to learn more? See the wiki.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  12. PubMed's Clinical Queries: Using Evidence Based Medicine in Clinical Situations

    Clinical CornerclinicalqueriesscreenshotPubMed's Clinical Queries can save you time when trying to incorporate evidence based medicine or evidence based practice into the fast-paced and time sensitive clinical environment or other patient settings.  Clinical Queries gives you a fast and easy way to throw in a few search terms and limit to one of five categories - Therapy, Etiology (Harm/Causation), Prognosis, Diagnosis, & Clinical Prediction Guide - and begin to see some of the best types of articles related to the category and your search terms.  Clinical Queries also allows you to limit the scope of your search to Broad/Sensitive - where the search includes more citations even if they may be more peripheral or less relevant - or Narrow/Specific - where the search may miss some citations but is trying to identify the most relevant core citations.  When you search Clinical Queries to find citations concerning the prevention of deep vein thrombosis (dvt) with the use of compression stockings during traveling, you'll get results similar to this (Table results searched as of 3/25/2013).

    Number of PubMed Citations Found: Search Strategy by Category & Scope
    Clinical Query
    Therapy Etiology
    (Harm / Causation)
    Diagnosis Clinical Prediction Guide
    Broad Narrow Broad Narrow Broad Narrow Broad Narrow Broad Narrow
    deep vein thrombosis 12166 3333 28459 2227 26308 3268 22434 1110 9529 253
    deep vein thrombosis AND
    compression stockings
    183 51 572 114 597 82 242 4 136 5
    deep vein thrombosis AND
    compression stockings AND
    8 4 26 4 39 9 5 0 7 0

    You can see that as you add applicable search terms with the Boolean operator 'AND' you can quickly  reduce the number of appropriate citations that you'll need to wade through to find good relevant evidence to support or deny the use of compression stockings to prevent (prognosis) DVT when traveling.

    If this is new to you, schedule a consultation with one of our librarians for more info about using Clinical Queries as well as other searching tips and tricks we can help you with.

    [John Jones, Librarian]

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  13. Need a Quiet Place to Compute? Log On in the Library’s 2nd Floor Informatics Lab!

    Six new thin client terminals have been added to the Informatics Lab, near the Study Room on the library's designated 2nd, Quiet Floor. The new terminals run on Windows 7, and offer the same options offered on the first floor, including MS Office, Endnote workstation, and SPSS workstation.

    We also encourage students to continue to use the room as a group study area.

    This new computing area is for the library's primary users only - meaning students, staff and faculty of the CU Denver Anschutz Medical Campus and University of Colorado Hospital.


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  14. FYI: Fun YouTube video promoting Evidence Based Decision Making


    Canadian pharmacy professor James McCormack entertains and educates in a new video about evidence based decision making, reworking Gotye's superhit in the process.

    Some Studies That I like to Quote, James McCormack, BSc(Pharm), Pharm D Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences UBC, Vancouver, Canada


    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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