Posts by: Sia Samiean
The Organ Thieves cover

…and we’re back! Physically in the library that is, which also means we can get back to adding print books to the collection. It has been too long since our last new books update. We have lots of catching up to do. Let’s start with these heavy-hitters that were released during lockdown:

You can find the titles above and all other new releases on the 4th floor of HHSL across from the Library Service Desk. As always, if there’s a book we don’t have that you would like to recommend for purchase, please let us know by filling out the form at this link.

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LWW database


Recent updates to the LWW Health Library include a long list of new editions. Below are just some of these titles that are available to you now. For a complete listing, you can search the LWW Health Library via the following collections: Medical Education, Clerkship/Clinical Rotations, PA Rotations/Specialties, or PA Core Education.


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E-access to the McGraw-Hill First Aid USMLE Collection is NOW AVAILABLE! The collection includes the following titles:


First aid for the USMLE step 1 2021

First aid for the USMLE step 1 2020

First aid for the USMLE step 1 2018

First aid Q & A for the USMLE Step 1

First aid cases for the USMLE step 1 2019

First aid cases for the USMLE step 1 2018

First aid for the USMLE step 1 2019 : a student-to-student guide

First aid for the USMLE Step 2 CS 2018

First aid for the USMLE Step 2 CS 2014

First aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK

First aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK : clinical knowledge

First aid Q & A for the USMLE Step 2 CK

First aid cases for the USMLE step 2 CK

First aid for the USMLE Step 3 2019

First aid for the USMLE Step 3 2016

USMLE road map: Pathology

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visual dx logo

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce that you will soon have access to VisualDx, a diagnostic clinical decision support system designed to enhance diagnostic accuracy and aid therapeutic decisions. VisualDx is a database that uses images of common and rare medical conditions to assist with diagnosis. It can be used to build patient-specific differentials and conduct searches by disease, medication, or travel. But perhaps the most exciting feature is the ability to filter dermatological images by skin pigmentation to see how lesions present on different skin types and compare them side by side.

The database includes more than 3,000 diagnoses and over 41,000 images, to aid in diagnosing infectious, immunologic, metabolic, nutritional, psychiatric, and genetic diseases.

The enhanced visualization capabilities of this tool support Tufts’ goals to bring you resources that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and patient care.

VisualDX and #ProjectIMPACT:

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Jane NatchesPlease help us in congratulating Jane Natches as the new Head of Collections Management at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library.

For the past few years, Jane has been an invaluable part of technical services at HHSL in her role as E-Resources and Serials Librarian. With the retirement of Fran Foret, Jane has accepted the position of Head of Collections Management, effective today, July 1st, 2021.

Congratulations, Jane!

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It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Frances Burke Foret, Head of Collections Management at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library. Fran has been managing our collections since 2002, during which time she has overseen the transition of our monographs and journals from exclusively print to almost entirely electronic. Her numerous contributions and dedication to the Tufts community has left a lasting impression. This is a bittersweet farewell.

“Fran has been such an integral part of the fabric of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library that it is hard to express how much she will be missed – her wonderful sense of humor, her institutional and historical knowledge of the collection, her remarkable wisdom, and most of all her wonderful friendship we have all been lucky enough to share over these past years. Please join us in wishing her all the best as she embarks on this new chapter.” ~Debra Berlanstein, Associate Director


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You now have complete access to the NEW Diversity & Culture in Healthcare eBook Collection from OVID! HHSL’s acquisition of this eBook collection was funded by the Hirsh family.

Issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare are of utmost importance —This valuable collection contains the below titles in support of this key area of medical education and practice, to allow for well-informed, culturally sensitive healthcare:

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Print journals on 4th floor of the library

As you may have noticed, the print journal selection on the 4th floor of the library has not been updated during lockdown and is looking pretty sad. Normally, this is were you would find the journals that we currently have subscriptions to in print, with the latest issues on display.

The 2020 issues of these journals will be processed and moved directly to the 7th floor stacks in the coming months. Note that all of these titles are available to you electronically.

As we get back into the swing of things (hopefully sooner than later), we will begin updating the print selection regularly on the 4th floor. But with limited staffing hours, this will be a slower process than usual.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the library staff for assistance in locating any of the journals that you would normally find displayed on the 4th floor. Thank you!

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Noruz celebration

Spring is just around the corner and the first day of spring, March 20th, is also the Persian New Year, Noruz! This year, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is holding their annual Noruz celebration virtually on March 22nd from 7-8pm. Information about the event can be found here.

In Farsi, no’ means new and ruz (rooz) means day, so Noruz translates to a New Day. Noruz is an ancient celebration that dates back over three thousand years. Although the festivities are secular, and celebrated around the world by Parsis, Persian Jews, Christians, Baha’is, and Muslims, Noruz is rooted in the traditions of Zoroastrianism.

One example of its Zoroastrian origins is Chaharshanbe Suri, a bonfire celebration which takes place on the last Wednesday (Chaharshanbe) before Noruz (March 17th). During the festivities, people jump through small bonfires as an act of purification for the new year. The fire is a central symbol in Zoroastrian tradition, and represents Ahura Mazda or the God of Light, signifying wisdom and purity.

Chaharshanbe Suri

The Noruz table setting, Haft-seen, is also laid out in every household. Each element is symbolic, such as the hyacinth representing spring, and sprouts representing rebirth. Below is the Obama family haft-seen at the White House in 2016:

Obama halft-seen

Noruz is an international holiday and is now celebrated around the world; including Iran, U.S., Canada, France, Netherlands, Georgia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Kurdistan (in Iraq, Turkey, and Syria), Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Russia, and China.

If you are interested in learning more about Noruz, below are two articles and a guide on its history and traditions:

What is Nowruz? The Persian New Year Explained

Nowruz: Celebrating the New Year on the Silk Road

Celebrating Nowruz

Happy Spring! And Noruz Mobarak!

نوروز مبارک

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Anti-racism reading group announcement


After the success of Hirsh’s first Anti-Racism Reading Group session held in October last fall, we will be hosting a second session on Friday, February 19th from 12pm – 1pm! We were very excited to see so many participants and look forward to another great discussion!

During this session, there will only be one reading, which you can access at this link. We hope this reading will facilitate a discussion on how structural racism contributes to health disparities in communities of color.

Community guidelines will remain the same as the last session’s guidelines. However, as always, please feel free to reach out if you would like to add other guidelines!

Please follow this link to register for the event. We look forward to seeing everyone within the Tufts community join us in our second session regardless of your field or title!



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