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Hirsh has just obtained 40 skull models thanks to Michael Doyle of the anatomy lab; they are available to check out at the circulation desk on the 4th floor of the Sackler building. Additionally, there are now bone boxes (real) which include half a skeleton per box.

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The “first day of spring” has come and gone, but there’s no sign of spring in the air. Good news is we’ve got plenty of new books to help you weather the last days of winter. Here is a small selection of the latest non-fiction titles to have come in:

  • Enlightenment Now : The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
  • Tears of Salt : A Doctor’s Story by Pietro Bartolo & Lidia Tilotta
  • The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
  • This Narrow Space : A Pediatric Oncologist, His Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Patients, and a Hospital in Jerusalem by Elisha Waldman
  • Becoming Myself : A Psychiatrist’s Memoir by Irvin D. Yalom
  • The Culture Code : The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle
  • Acute Medicine : A Practical Guide to the Management of Medical Emergencies
  • The Future of Humanity : Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku

 

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On March 14th the world lost one of the great thinkers of the last century and indeed of all time, the physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking (1942-2018).

If you would like to venture out into the universe, read up on the big bang, back holes and cosmic time, we also have in our collection two of Professor Hawking’s renowned works:

  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  • The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

 

As always, you are welcome to recommend a purchase for our collection.

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PLEASE, please do not re-shelve books or leave books where they do not belong. After using an item, they should always go on the many book-trucks provided down the aisles in the stacks.

We do everything we can to ensure that the resources you need are accessible. But if you’ve ever gone looking for a book that says it’s available in the catalog, and found that it’s not on the shelf, it can be quite frustrating. The book may be in someone’s possession here in the library; however, we have found that more often than not, it is misplaced, left in a study room, or even left on tables and chairs. Think of your fellow student who may be in need of that item. Please place all books on the book trucks to be re-shelved, or if you are on the 4th floor you may drop them at the circulation desk. THANK YOU!

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Two book trucks full of FREE BOOKS (old and new) will be by the circulation desk on the 4th floor of Sackler all this week. Please stop by and take as many books as you’d like.

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Attention second year medical students! As you are preparing to hunker down this spring and study for Step 1, don’t forget about the study resources offered by Hirsh. We have many materials to help you prepare for the exam, including guides, self-assessment tools, and question banks, accessible in print or online. The Board Prep for Medicine research guide lists quality study resources for Step 1 identified by First Aid. Many of our most popular print materials (such as the 2017 edition of First Aid) are on reserve at the Library Service Desk, so stop by the 4th floor and check them out!

 

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Natural Medicines is a collection of databases and tools that provide evidence-based information on dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary and alternative therapies.  Databases in this collection include:

  • Food, Herbs & Supplements, which has monographs for vitamins, herbs, minerals, non-herbal supplements, naturally sourced chemical compounds, and foods
  • Health & Wellness, which has monographs for complementary and alternative therapies
  • Sports Medicine, which has monographs for substances or exercises that may affect athletic performance
  • Commercial Products, a comprehensive list of manufacturers and the products they make

You can search across all databases, or choose to search a particular database.  Monographs have sections on safety, effectiveness, dosing and administration, and adverse effects, with links to published literature.  Monographs include patient handouts in English, Spanish and French.

Natural Medicines also has tools for evaluating interactions, nutrient depletion, and effectiveness.  So, the next time a patient asks you about the effectiveness of devil’s claw for treating arthritis pain, or you want to know whether or not taking ginkgo will boost your performance on your next anatomy exam, check out Natural Medicines.

 

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In honor of Valentine’s day, we put together a few leisure reading recommendations.

 

If you’re looking for a love story…

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible (The Austen Project, #4)

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If you enjoyed Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, this book is worth checking out. In this modern day retelling of the classic tale, Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties, Jane is a yoga instructor, Mary is working on her third master’s degree, Kitty and Lydia are too busy with crossfit to get jobs and Mrs. Bennet has only one thing on her mind: How to marry off her daughters. Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend, neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . . And yet, first impressions can be deceiving

 

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

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After Big Little Lies hit HBO last year, we’ve had our eye on Liane Moriarty. In the Husband’s Secret, Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

 

After You by Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)

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If you haven’t read or seen the movie for Me Before You yet we highly recommend checking it out (and skipping over the rest of this recommendation to avoid spoilers). After You picks up where Me Before You left off, with Lou trying to pick up the pieces after Will’s death. After an accident that leaves her in rough shape, Lou finds herself joining a Moving On support group that takes place in a church basement. The members lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future.

 

If you’re not looking for a love story…

 

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Equal Rites

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So you’ve read Harry Potter and you’re obsessed with wizards… give this book a try. When a dying wizard tries to pass on his powers to an eighth son of an eighth son, who is just at that moment being born, he discovers a moment too late that the son is actually a daughter. Now the young girl is forced to penetrate the inner sanctum of the Unseen University–and attempt to save the world with one well-placed kick in some enchanted shins!

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

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If you’re looking for an adventure story filled with puzzles and pop culture, this may be the book for you. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

 

Four Blind Mice by James Patterson

Four Blind Mice (Alex Cross, #8)

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Looking for a good detective novel? Detective Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington, D.C., Police Force when his partner shows up at his door with a case he can’t refuse. One of John Sampson’s oldest friends, from their days in Vietnam, has been arrested for murder. Worse yet, he is subject to the iron hand of the United States Army. The evidence against him is strong enough to send him to the gas chamber but Sampson is certain his friend has been framed.

February is upon us and in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month and Black History Month, we bring you EVERYONE SMILES! co-authored by Tufts University’s own School of Dental Medicine student Gary L. Kersey. The book showcases the diversity of smiles and takes children through a step-by-step guide on brushing, flossing, and rinsing. From a historic standpoint Gary L. Kersey is the first and youngest African-American to publish a book of this kind.

Advocating that the power of the smile touches each and every culture around the globe, in addition to the easy-to-learn dental health lesson for kids, this book includes pediatric diversity in the form of age, race, gender and both mental and physical disabilities. – Ambassador International Publishing

Gary L. Kersey - photo: Tim J. Kim (TUSDM '18)

“Everyone Smiles hits the literary market at a time when lack of access to affordable dental care, is causing residual effects and detrimental impacts on the general health of low-income Americans, especially in children. Tooth decay is the most common chronic illness among school-age children, yet it is almost entirely preventable. Furthermore, the rate among low-income children is more than twice that for children with more income (31% versus 14%). Ironically, Medicaid and CHIP cover comprehensive dental benefits for children, but 30% of children with private health insurance are uninsured for dental care. (These dental statistics are sourced from the Kaiser Family Foundation).” – Gary L. Kersey, Jr.

A copy of EVERYONE SMILES! can be found at the new books display on the 4th floor of the Sackler Building.

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The holiday season is the perfect time for some leisure reading. Whether you need something to read on the plane, train or bus ride home, or if you get to stay in town and rest, there’s plenty here at Hirsh for you to choose from. Make sure to stop by our newly expanded leisure reading section the next time you’re on the 4th floor of the Sackler building. Below are the latest titles to be added to our collection:

 

FICTION

 

NON-FICTION

 

As always, if there’s a book we don’t have that you think we should own, please do let us know by recommending a purchase.

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