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Library Exhibit Explores Harry Potter’s World

“There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.”

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J. K. Rowling

In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power.

This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.

Harry Potter’s World is currently on view at the Dana Medical Library, University of Vermont and will remain until December 14th, 2012.

Please visit the exhibit online at www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/harrypottersworld.

This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Curated by Elizabeth J. Bland.

Hurricane Sandy: Health-Related Resources

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center has compiled a list of health information resources onto one “SuperStorm” Sandy webpage. On this page you will find links to overviews, state specific pages, cleanup and recovery information, mental health information, multi-language resources, social media information, apps and widgets, and more.

PubMed Health

From the National Library of Medicine, PubMed Health “offers up-to-date information on diseases, conditions, drugs, treatment options, and healthy living, with a special focus on comparative effectiveness research from institutions around the world. PubMed Health is produced by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.”

While it is similar to MedlinePlus, the comprehensive database of consumer health information from the NLM, PubMed Health offers more information regarding comparative effectiveness research of treatments. For a more detailed analysis of the differences between the two products, see this newsletter article from the Vanderbilt University’s Eskind Biomedical Library.

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.

Vermont Go Local To Be Phased Out

The National Library of Medicine has decided to phase out its support for all Go Local projects. The goal of Vermont Go Local is to link MedlinePlus (an NLM consumer health database) health topics  to Vermont health care providers and facilities. Vermont Go Local is a joint project of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), University of Vermont Dana Medical Library, the FAHC Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center, and the United Ways of Vermont, Vermont 2-1-1; we have been partners since 2007.

Since the project’s conception in 2001, NLM has monitored and reviewed the consumer usage and has noticed a gradual declined over the years because of the availability of similar information on the Internet.  These sites include provider-level directory information and can collect user reviews that Go Local cannot.

Without the support of NLM, the Dana Library has decided to discontinue Vermont Go Local by the end of 2010.  We look forward to providing other resources that will substitute for this important consumer health information on our library website.  The Go Local staff members will keep you informed of the exact date when we will discontinue the Vermont Go Local link.

Thank you for your continued interest in this consumer database.

Follow Haiti Health Information on Facebook and Twitter

Peacekeeping - MINUSTAHLibrarians from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at the National Library of Medicine have compiled helpful lists that allow you to follow Haiti health information on Facebook and Twitter.

The following Twitter and Facebook sources are providing substantive health information along with situational awareness news. They are also listed on the Haiti Earthquake page from NLM at http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/haitiearthquake.html#a4.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Twitter: CDCEmergency, http://twitter.com/CDCemergency.

Facebook: CDC, http://www.facebook.com/CDC.

World Health Organization:

Twitter: whonews, http://twitter.com/whonews.

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO):

Twitter: pahowho , http://twitter.com/pahowho.

Twitter: PAHO Emergency Operations Center. pahoeoc, http://twitter.com/pahoeoc .

Twitter: PAHO public health, equity and human development. eqpaho, http://twitter.com/eqpaho .

Facebook: PAHO-WHO, http://www.facebook.com/PAHOWHO.

These relief and government organizations are providing primarily situational awareness news, with perhaps some health information content. Some sites cover all the news from an organization, not limited to Haiti.

America.gov (US State Department):

Twitter : http://twitter.com/americagov.

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/ejournalUSA.

US Agency for International Development (USAID):

Twitter: USAID: http://twitter.com/usaid_news & USAID Haiti: http://twitter.com/USAID_Haiti.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/USAID.News.

U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NavyMedicine.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-DC/US-Navy-Bureau-of-Medicine-and-Surgery/192338823825?v=wall&ref=nf.

USNS Comfort [hospital ship]:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/USNSComfort.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/USNS-Comfort-T-AH-20/293015340409?ref=search&sid=686499011.4140798884..1&v=wall.

USS Normandy [participating in Haiti relief]:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/USSNormandy

Voice of America (VOA) News:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/VOA_news.

US Dept of Health and Human Services. HHS.gov :

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HHSgov.

US Southern Command [responsible for US military response in Haiti]:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/southcomwatch.

United Nations:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/UN.

World Health Organization:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/W0rldHealthOrg.

International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC):

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Federation.

American Red Cross:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RedCross.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/redcross.

ReliefWeb:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/reliefweb.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reliefweb.

Doctors Without Borders:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/msf_usa.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/msf.english.

Partners In Health:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/PIH_org.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/partnersinhealth.

Crisis Mapping:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/crisismapping.