Monthly Archives: October 2009

H1N1 Flu: 1918-19 & 2009

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Ninety years ago, the 1918-19 Flu Pandemic was called the “greatest medical holocaust in history.” Best estimates put the worldwide death toll anywhere from 50 to 100 million people.  The H1N1 virus, an unusually virulent strain of influenza A, was identified as the deadly culprit behind that pandemic. Now, fast-forward to 2009, and the H1N1 virus has re-emerged around the world.

A new exhibit at the Dana Medical Library, H1N1 Flu: 1918-19 & 2009, traces the epidemiological and historical aspects of this virus in two different centuries. The images and texts in the exhibit hope to shed some light on the virus’ impact on a world at war, on student life at UVM, and even on literary works on the shelves at the Bailey/Howe Library. Current 2009 influenza statistics from the Vermont Department of Health will be monitored and posted weekly for this dynamic display.

Indiana Pathology Images: Mycology

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Dana Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of a the Indiana Pathology Images™ Mycology online database.

From their description:

“The Indiana Pathology Images™ Mycology database, containing more than 600 photomicrographs, was developed for the purpose of providing a visual atlas that would serve as a resource for students and practitioners alike. The criteria used in selecting the “Grouping” of fungi in this atlas was an arbitrary determination by the authors who recognize that there are some fungi that may be included in more than one group. The authors included not only the “textbook” perfect images but also examples of the not-so-perfect morphologic appearances often observed in clinical specimens. It is beyond the scope of this database atlas to be all-inclusive and the authors recommend that comprehensive texts continue to be used as references when identifying fungal pathogens.

The authors have gone to great lengths to assure the standardization of image sizes. For comparative purposes, magnification is provided for all microscopic images. Since this [database] has been designed for use as a ‘visual’ review and image resource, text has been limited. For detailed discussion and descriptions, the authors recommend use of other clinical mycology resources (e.g., textbooks, websites).”

You can get to this database by clicking on the link above, or from the Library home page, click on Articles & Databases, and scroll down to Images & Sound. It is the first link in that list.

Image above: Epidermophyton floccosum – Microscopic Morphology, 100x Lactophenol cotton blue from Indiana Pathology Images Mycology.

New Book Highlights

0761916873.01.MZZZZZZZTo your health : achieving well-being during medical school by Wolf, Thomas M., 1944- (Thousand Oaks, [Calif.] : Sage Publications, 2001)

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Publisher Description:

“How is it possible to maintain a healthy balance between your personal and academic life during medical school? Quite a challenge! This is a practical, hands-on, experiential book about how to achieve well-being during medical school. Premedical and medical students as well as those in the helping professions will benefit from reading it.

You can diagnose yourself and assess how well you are fulfilling your needs in ten lifestyle areas: time management; exercise and physical activity; relaxation, meditation, visualization, and imagery; spirituality; communication skills and social support; cognitive and coping skills; nutrition; substance use; humor; and touch and massage. Following each self-evaluation, you are provided with practical information and easy, engaging, and enjoyable exercise to enhance your health and well being.

The right time to take responsibility for your own health is now! Encouraging the practice of healthy living in your patients will lead to an improvement in the quantity and quality of life in our society.”

clerkshipClinical clerkships : the heart of professional development by Ways, Peter, 1928- (Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2000)

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Publisher Description:
“A medical student’s clinical clerkship is characterized by-among other things-long hours, insufficient sleep, daily frustrations, and emotional burdens. At the same time, it will be a defining professional experience, as well as a rewarding life experience. Clinical Clerkships takes the third or fourth year student through the unstated curriculum of the clerkship to address those difficulties not often discussed by deans, educators, practitioners, professors, or lab assistants. Through practical discussion and germane vignettes, the authors not only describe the difficult issues involved in clerkships; they also provide solutions and stimulate discovery.”
Hints for success in medical school and the match by Giza, Eric. (Alexandria, Va. : J & S, 2000)
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Publisher Description
“This book offers practical advice about navigating the academic, social, and political hurdles of medical school and residency matching. Written in an informal, student-friendly fashion, this book is like having a successful friend at hand to advise you on survival and success skills for medical school. The book has chapters devoted to each year of medical school, residency matching, and the end of medical school.”

pillBookPhilosophy of psychopharmacology : smart pills, happy pills, and pepp pills by Stein, Dan J. (Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008)

QV 77 S819p 2008

Publisher Description:

“Psychotropic agents have been effective for the treatment of the emotional, and cognitive symptoms of serious psychiatric disorders. At the same time, the availability of such agents raises questions about the appropriate use of what might be termed ‘smart pills’, ‘happy pills’, or ‘pep pills’. This volume argues that developments in modern psychopharmacology raise a range of important philosophical questions, and may ultimately change the way we think about ourselves. It provides a framework for addressing important philosophical issues in psychiatry and psychopharmacology. The approach is a naturalistic one, drawing on theory and data from modern cognitive-affective neuroscience and attempts to address objective and subjective aspects of psychiatric disorders, to integrate our knowledge of mechanisms and meanings, and to provide a balanced view of the good and the bad of psychotropics.”

herbsBookPharmacodynamic basis of herbal medicine by Ebadi, Manuchair S. (Boca Raton : CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2007)

QV 766 E15p 2007

Publisher Description

Continuing in the tradition of the acclaimed first edition, Pharmacodynamic Basis of Herbal Medicine, Second Edition examines in extensive detail the physiologic effects of complimentary and alternative therapies, foods, supplements, vitamins, and traditional herbal remedies. The author considers the site, mode, and mechanism of action to explain the desired and adverse effects and interactions of each herb, drug, and food in an encyclopedic volume. Devoting entire chapters to the most influential herbal remedies, the text either endorses or debunks popular conceptions with pure scientific data. The author provides answers to today’s naturopathic questions by paying particular attention to the chronic diseases engendered by obesity, as well as Alzheimer’s, cancer, imbalances of neurotransmitters such as Parkinson’s, and depression. Incorporating current research on the devastating role of chronic systemic inflammation and the cumulative effect of poor oxygen metabolism and free radicals on changes in mitochondrial DNA, enzyme activity, and accelerations in the aging process, the text bridges the gap between ancient remedies and modern knowledge. Deconstructing the molecular mystery that is the interaction among herbal properties, physiology, and disease, Pharmacodynamic Basis of Herbal Medicine, Second Edition opens the door to successful herbal treatment.”

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