Posts by: Sia Samiean

Our Graphic Medicine collection has been steadily growing with a number of new releases, and some old favorites that we’ve recently acquired. The HHSL Graphic Medicine collection can be found on the 4th floor across from the Library Service desk. Since the section’s inception in the summer of 2018, the collection has grown to include titles dealing with a wide range of healthcare issues; including, addiction, Alzheimer’s, bipolar disorder, breast cancer, down syndrome, epilepsy, LGBTQ health, OCD, and Parkinson’s disease. Graphic Medicine divulges the lived experiences of patients dealing with illness, as well as personal accounts of the challenges faced by medical professionals.

Below is a list of recent titles added to our collection:

I had the pleasure of discussing the value of Graphic Medicine as a format in healthcare communication at the Charleston Library Conference this past fall. The poster presentation is available at this link.

If there is a Graphic Medicine novel that we don’t have which you would like to read, please let us know by recommending a purchase.

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Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and what better time to dive into some short stories for the long weekend. These are satisfying tales in small portions which you could read on your trip home, and that don’t require much commitment. We have numerous short story collections in our Leisure Reading section on the 4th floor for you to choose from, that would be ideal for just such an occasion:

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If there is a book that you’d like to read this holiday season, which you don’t see in our catalogue, please let us know by recommending a purchase.
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Have fun out there, but don’t go bleeding yourself dry! Do however stop by the Special Collections display on the 6th floor if you’d like to see some grisly bloodletting tools. These bloodletting scarificators range in different styles and sizes for the whole family! And to better get acquainted with this age old art, below is a selection of books from our collection here at Hirsh:

Researches on the effects of bloodletting, 1836

Andreas Vesalius Bruxellensis: the bloodletting letter of 1539

Galen on bloodletting : a study of the origins, development, and validity of his opinions, with a translation of the three works

Nine pints : a journey through the money, medicine, and mysteries of blood

Below are just a few of the books on the long list of new non-fiction titles to hit our shelves. Be sure to stop by the NEW BOOKS display on the 4th floor where the latest are featured.

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If you haven’t stopped by the New Books display recently, you are missing out on some great new titles that have come in! This summer I have been actively adding new releases to the collection, from leisure reading to graphic medicine to non-fiction books; including, GMO’s Decoded by Tufts faculty member, Dr. Sheldon Krimsky. Below is a selection of the latest books to hit our shelves. As always, if there’s a book we don’t have that you would like to recommend, please let us know by using this link to recommend a purchase.

 

GMOs Decoded: A Skeptic’s View of Genetically Modified Foods

Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again

Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine

A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer

The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal

That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour

A World Beyond Physics: The Emergence and Evolution of Life

The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life

How We Teach Science: What’s Changed, and Why It Matters

Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight over Women’s Work

Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life

 

Leisure Reading

The DNA of You and Me: A Novel

The Guest Book

Mrs. Everything

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Body Papers

Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

 

Graphic Medicine

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos

The Lady Doctor

 

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The North Shore is the place to be for festivals running all summer long. From the Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach, to the Salem Maritime Festival, to Gloucester’s famous Greasy Pole Contest of the St. Peter’s Fiesta, if you need to get out of the bustling city head north and explore these historic New England towns along the coast. Transportation is simple and easy, plus the MBTA is now offering $10 rail weekends. You can get to about any of these festivals by taking the Newburyport/Rockport line on the Commuter Rail.

 

St. Peter’s Fiesta! June 26-30, 2019  ~ Gloucester, MA

National Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach July, 26-28, 2019 ~  Revere Beach, MA

Yankee Homecoming July 27-August 4, 2019  ~  Newburyport, MA

Salem Maritime Festival August 3-4, 2019  ~  Salem, MA

Festival by the Sea August 3, 2019  ~  Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

39th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival August 17, 2019  ~  Gloucester, MA

Annual Rockport Jazz Festival August 4-11, 2019  ~  Rockport, MA

Best of the North Shore (BONS) Event August 20, 2019  ~  Ipswich, MA

Rockport Celtic Festival August 23-25, 2019  ~  Rockport, MA

RiverFest Seaside Music Festival August 24, 2019  ~  Gloucester, MA

Gloucester Schooner Festival August 30 – September 3, 2019  ~  Gloucester, MA

Peabody International Festival Artisan and Maker Street Fair September 8, 2019  ~  Peabody, MA

 

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Our FREE BOOKS book-truck will be waiting for you down by the circulation desk on the 4th floor today–so don’t forget to swing by, and hopefully there will be a book or two or three that you’ll want to give a good home.

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You may have noticed the Graphic Medicine collection on the 4th floor of the library along the journal wall. If you have been wondering what “Graphic Medicine” means exactly, or would like some guidance in this genre, I have created a LibGuide to help you get started. This LibGuide will provide you with a brief overview of the origins of Graphic Medicine, links to further readings, and people to follow if you are interested in staying up-to-date on the latest releases in the Graphic Medicine library.

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PA EASY is now PA EXAM Prep, with several new and upcoming features. Note, that to create an individual account you must be on campus and working from an IP authenticated computer.

Here are some updates from the PA Exam Prep Team:

New Features:

  • A full-length 300-question PANCE mock examination mapped to the latest (2019) PANCE blueprint in terms of medical content and task area category weight
    • To access students will go to the main menu at the top left of their dashboard and go down to “Full Length Test”
  • Practice questions in the new PANCE Professional Practice category
    • To access students will go to “Create Your Own Quiz”à “Select Learning Objective”à “Task Area” à “Professional Practice”

A mobile app version of PA Exam Prep will also be available shortly, so students can practice questions at home or on-the-go. Students will be notified when the app is available.

 

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It’s Stress Less Week and we have a number of humor books in our leisure reading collection to help you unwind. So take a moment or two for a little light-hearted reading, you deserve it! Here is a list of just some of the humor books in our collection:

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