Posts by: Eli Zoller

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library would like to congratulate the dental students on receiving their white coats this past Saturday!

Looking for dental resources? Check out the new Dental portal on the Hirsh Health Sciences Library website!

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Say Hello to the library’s new Evening/Weekend Library Coordinator, Tom Quinn!

He’s the night owl of the Library Service Desk. You can find him at the desk from 12-8p on Sundays and 3-11p Monday through Thursday, ready to help you find your post-dinner articles, books, and even skulls. You can also always reach him at, or at 617.636.0421.

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 “A blank wall of social and professional antagonism.”  Elizabeth Blackwell


Elizabeth Blackwell (b.1821 – d.1910), the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.

“I had not the slightest idea of the commotion created by my appearance as a medical student in the little town. Very slowly I perceived that a doctor’s wife at the table avoided any communication with me, and that as I walked backwards and forwards to college the ladies stopped to stare at me, as at a curious animal. I afterwards found that I had so shocked Geneva [New York] propriety that the theory was fully established either that I was a bad woman, whose designs would gradually become evident, or that, being insane, an outbreak of insanity would soon be apparent.”

In her own words: celebrating women in medicine

“If society will not admit of woman’s free development, then society must be remodeled.”
– Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States

And remodel society they did! Throughout March, HHSL will be honoring 2013 Women’s History Month by presenting remarkable women in medicine according to their own words. We hope you find this series of posts illuminating and that you take a minute or two to learn more about their legacy.

Learn more about the life of Elizabeth Blackwell and Women’s History Month!

Image source: Nation Library of Medicine

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Tufts HHSL Collections Management Team, left to right:

Kate Thornhill, CM Assistant; JoAnne Griffin, Electronic Resources Librarian; Fran Foret, Head of CM

Interested in the story behind why HHSL’s 6th floor stacks are missing in action? In the Spring 2013 issue of “Tufts’ Friends of Tufts Libraries” the Collections Management team tells our library’s story about continuing to move toward purchasing digital resources for the Tufts community. Check it out here!


hhsl homepage portals

You may have noticed something new on our redesigned homepage.

The images at the top of the homepage lead to resources to help different patrons on the Boston campus explore main topics of interest.


Each portal contains information specific to the topic, and should be treated as a “getting started” guide. At the top of every portal is the option to search the Tufts catalog for books, journals and other resources – as well as search for course reserves.

Explore the portals and let us know what you think HERE!

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Today is the last day of MDConsult for the Hirsh Health Sciences Library.

But do not fear for ClinicalKey is here. All e-books that were previously available via MDConsult are now available through ClinicalKey.

You can find ClinicalKey under Popular Links on the library homepage.

If you have any questions about using ClinicalKey, contact the library at or 617-636-6705. You can also stop by the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4.

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Dr. Donald Wilson

Finishing up our month of honoring African-American Tufts graduates is a 1962 graduate who has gone on to be a leader in medical education and promoting minority opportunities in the field.


Donald E. Wilson (M’62, H’08) is Director of the Program in Minority Health and Health Disparities Education and Research, former Dean, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School Of Medicine. Among Dr. Wilson’s many accomplishments, his becoming Dean of University of Maryland School Of Medicine is especially significant, as he became the nation’s first African-American dean at a predominantly white medical school. Dr. Wilson, “increased the diversity of the student body and quadrupled the number of minority faculty” during his tenure as dean. According to Dr. Wilson, “All I did is level the playing field. All of a sudden, we started finding more qualified people of color.”


Image: Howard University News Room accessed February 26, 2013 from

In observance of President’s Day Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be open with limited hours from 12noon to 7pm

Join HHSL in honoring our presidents, past and present.

Take this fun quiz to test your knowledge of the presidents!

Photo by Snapshots from the Past

Did you know that President’s Day was originally a holiday to honor George Washington’s birthday? Find out more interesting facts about this holiday on’s President’s Day website!


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