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Dana Exhibit Takes a Closer Look at ALS

A new exhibit looks at the presence of ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, in the Champlain Valley and the research being done at UVM in search of a cure. A study spearheaded by Dr. Rup Tandan, a professor of Neurology at the Larner College of Medicine, finds a connection between the presence of the neurotoxin beta methyl-amino-alanine (BMAA), found in blue-green algae blooms in local bodies of water, and the higher number of recorded cases of ALS in the surrounding areas. The Champlain Valley has been cited as one of these areas.

ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is 100% fatal. It affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and causes motor neurons to degenerate and die off.  When this happens, the brain is unable to relay signals to those muscles and control voluntary muscle movements. About 20,000 Americans can have this disease at any given time.

The exhibit also highlights books and movies on ALS, as well as people whose lives have been affected.

Stop by the exhibit cases and learn more! Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.


In Honor of Veterans Day, Dana Library takes a close look at John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)


Dr. John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields, the most influential poem associated with World War I. He was a revered professor at UVM and we are proud to count him as part of our rich and deep history. From 1903 to 1911, he served as professor of pathology at UVM’s Medical College, traveling down on the train from Montreal. In his short 46 years, he had established himself as an esteemed physician and professor as well as an accomplished writer and poet.

In this exhibit, learn more about this fascinating man’s life as a physician, poet and soldier. The exhibit will be up in the library’s Main Hall through December 16th. Also read the Larner College of Medicine blog post on McCrae.

Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Author, Susan Raby-Dunne, presents on poet, physician, soldier and UVM Professor, John McCrae

John McCrae, physician, soldier and author of the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, was a professor of Pathology at UVM from 1904 to 1911.
“What begins as an interest becomes a seven-year obsession as Raby-Dunne follows Lt. Colonel John McCrae’s footsteps from Canada through the battlefields of Flanders, to France where he died and is buried.”
In conjunction with this presentation, the Dana Medical Library will have an exhibit on display in its Main Hall mapping out McCrae’s life, accomplishments and connection to UVM.
Join us for this fascinating presentation and exhibit! Monday, November 14th at 2:30 pm in the Larner Classroom, Larner Medical Education Center
For questions, contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

It’s Not Too Late to Win a Current, Popular Book!

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A good book is a great escape from studying and research… and we’re giving them away! We have decided to extend our Summer Reading program to include the month September. So, if you haven’t quite finished the book that you have been working on, there is still time! Read a book and write a review about it, or tell us your thoughts in a quick survey about the summer reading exhibit. You will be entered into a drawing for popular reading books!

We all need a break from our work occasionally. One great way is to pick up a good book… and possibly win one too! Here is how it works:

Peruse the popular reading books that are on the table in Dana’s Main Hall. Check out a book that interests you, read it, and write a review about it on the card that is inside the cover of the book. Slip it into the survey and review box the next time you are in the library. You will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of these popular reading titles: When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi, Into the Magic Shop, by James Doty, and Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren.

You can also take a few moments to fill out our survey that is on the display table in Dana’s Main Hall. Slip it into the survey and review box and automatically be entered into the same drawing.

This summer has seen a great interest in the books in our display. Here are some of the most popular so far: Both Into the Magic Shop, by James Doty and Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren have circulated 7 times, Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes circulated 5 times, and The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee 4 times.

Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Current and Bestselling Books Highlighted in Summer Reading Exhibit

At Dana, we encounter a fascinating intersection of literature, medicine and science. The new exhibit that is now up in our display cases, Medicine, Science and Literature: Reading for the Summer Months, examines a special collection of books that strays away from the clinical. Instead, these literary works – fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, poetry, essays –  can inspire and encourage health care professionals, and the greater public, to take a deeper look into life and to explore topics that are both age old and cutting edge. The books being showcased are only the most current and bestselling and we encourage you to stop by and pick one up!

Here are four books that are worth a closer look:Dreamland Quinones resized

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones, is a startling account of the opiate epidemic facing America today. An epidemic that was quietly fueled by pharmaceutical companies and doctors who treated pain pills as wonder drugs and by enterprising Mexican drug traffickers who supplied heroin on demand to desperate opiate addicts.

Gene Mukherjee resizedFrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All MaladiesThe Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee, is a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information? A #1 New York Times Bestseller – Amazon

Lab Girl Jahren resizedLab Girl, by Hope Jahren, is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work. – Amazon

Gratitude Sacks resizedGratitude is a collection of essays from Oliver Sacks’ last 2 years of life. “Oliver Sacks was like no other clinician, or writer. He was drawn to the homes of the sick, the institutions of the most frail and disabled, the company of the unusual and the ‘abnormal.’ He wanted to see humanity in its many variants and to do so in his own, almost anachronistic way—face to face, over time, away from our burgeoning apparatus of computers and algorithms. And, through his writing, he showed us what he saw.” – Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal 

Questions about the exhibit? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695. To check out a book, contact or stop by the Main Desk (656-2200).

‘Epilepsy: The Science Behind the Disease’ Reception


You are cordially invited to a reception for the Fall 2015 Dana Medical Library Exhibit, Epilepsy: The Science Behind the Disease, featuring epilepsy research at UVM. Join us for refreshments.

When: Thursday, November 12th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Dana Medical Library

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month!

For more information, contact Kate Bright at (802) 656-0695

Epilepsy: The Science Behind the Disease


An Exhibit Exploring the Science behind the First Year Summer Reading Book
The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down
by Anne Fadiman

When: Fall 2015
Where: Dana Medical Library, Main Hall display cases

SpiritimageOn August 31st, 2012, a young woman named Lia Lee died in Sacramento, California. For 26 of her 32 years, Lia had been in a persistent vegetative state, the result of a severe epileptic seizure suffered at the age of 4. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is the story of Lia’s, and her Hmong family’s, experience with epilepsy and the American health care system, as told by renowned author Anne Fadiman.
Although this exhibit focuses on the scientific and clinical aspects of epilepsy, perhaps the most profound – and painful – lessons that have been learned from Lia’s story were those relating to the delivery of health care across cultures. Since its publication in 1997, Fadiman’s book has been enormously influential in changing how we think about and provide cross-cultural health care in this country.

Learn more about events and exhibits on this compelling book in Carolyn Shapiro’s Article: Exhibit, Author Visit & Discussions Stem from “The Spirit Catches You . . .” Book Assignment

Questions? Contact Fran Delwiche at 656-4423

Scientific Journals & the UVM Connection

An exhibit highlighting the contributions of UVM College of Medicine faculty to scientific journals is now on display at the Dana Medical Library.  “Scientific Journals and the UVM Connection” spotlights former and current COM faculty members serving as Editors-in-Chief or Associate Editors of a biomedical journal. The exhibit also includes information about the history and publication of the first scientific journals, dating back to 1665.

Come visit the Library to check out the display and read about the accomplishments of our faculty.

African American Surgeons Exhibit

College of Medicine Hosts African American Surgeons Exhibit April 11 – June 5

By Jennifer Nachbur

African Americans have always practiced medicine, whether as physicians, healers, midwives, or “root doctors.” The journey of the African American physician from pre-Civil War to modern day America has been a challenging one. Early black pioneer physicians not only became skilled practitioners, they became trailblazers and educators paving the way for future physicians, surgeons, and nurses, and opening doors to better health care for the African American community. Collaboratively developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore, the Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons exhibition celebrates the contributions of African American academic surgeons and educators to medicine and medical education. The University of Vermont College of Medicine will host a special exhibit, from April 11 through June 5, 2011, in the Robert H. & Cynthia K. Hoehl Gallery in the Health Science Research Facility on the UVM campus. The exhibition tour, launched in July 2007, has traveled throughout the U.S. over the past nearly four years.

Rather than provide an encyclopedic look at African American surgeons, Opening Doors employs contemporary and historical images to take the visitor on a journey through the lives and achievements of four pioneering academic surgeons, and provides a glimpse into the stories of those that came before them and those that continue the tradition today. The exhibition highlights Alexa I. Canady, M.D., the first African American woman pediatric neurosurgeon; LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., M.D., cancer surgeon, and the first African American President of the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society; Claude H. Organ, Jr., M.D., general surgeon, and the first African American to chair a department of surgery at a predominantly white medical school; and Rosalyn P. Scott, M.D., the first African American woman cardiothoracic surgeon. Opening Doors also includes other academic surgeons from around the country that follow in the tradition of sharing their knowledge and passing the torch to younger surgeons.

“The UVM College of Medicine Dean’s office is excited to host the Opening Doors exhibit,” said Karen Richardson-Nassif, Ph.D., associate dean for faculty and staff development and diversity. “It is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the stories of many pioneering African American surgeon educators and their many achievements.”

Opening Doors is curated by Margaret A. Hutto, director of exhibitions at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and former exhibitions manager at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and Jill L. Newmark, exhibition registrar at the National Library of Medicine. The National Library of Medicine is the largest medical library in the world and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum is the largest African American museum on the east coast. To view an online version of the exhibition, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/aframsurgeons.

(Adapted from the National Library of Medicine’s “Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Surgeons” exhibition press release.)

Changing the Face of Medicine

Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating Women Physicians is an online exhibit presented by the National Library of Medicine. The exhibit features individual women doctors from both the past and present who “provide an intriguing glimpse of the broader community of women doctors who are making a difference.” The NLM’s goal of the exhibit is in “honoring the lives and accomplishments of these women in the hope of inspiring a new generation of medical pioneers.”

The physician pictured above is Dr. Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson, the first African American woman to become a board-certified physician, and the first woman to officially practice medicine in the state of Alabama. Visit the exhibit to learn more about her.