A recent and notable addition to our collection is this book of medical history, written and gifted to the library by Dr. Richard J. Kahn, graduate of Tufts Medical School, m1966. Dr. Kahn has also been professor to Tufts students for most of 50 years, now through the Tufts/Maine Medical program. Below he provides a summary of the book and its contents:
“This is the story of a lost manuscript, an unpublished book written 200 years ago by a rural New England physician, who lived and practiced in Gorham and Portland, ME. It will be an important new primary source for medical history, research, and teaching for scholars and will also be of interest to general readers for, as Barker wrote on title page, it was ‘Written so as to be intelligible to those who are destitute of Medical Science.’ My introductory chapters have kept Barker’s goal, to be accessible to the general reader, in mind.
The Jeremiah Barker Papers consist of two manuscript boxes containing letters, casebooks, and several texts with marginalia by Barker, in addition to his unpublished manuscript. It is a fifty-year record of his reflections on diseases, epidemics, diagnoses, treatments, and outcomes, with an unusual effort to consult and cite the medical literature and other physicians in a changing medical landscape, as practice and authority shifted from historical to scientific methods. In short, it is a remarkable record of medicine as practiced in northern New England over 200 years ago, during the shift of medical authority from Hippocrates and Galen to the beginnings of the scientific method.
The publication of Barker’s manuscript, fully annotated, includes my five-chapter introduction, that is a sketch of Barker’s background, education, and writings, the difficulty in obtaining the medical literature through books, journals, newspapers, and the post, and a chapter contextualizing the changing medical climate as science supplanted the words of Hippocrates and Galen. One chapter examines Barker as a ‘dangerous innovator’ experimenting with the new chemistry of Lavoisier. The final chapter suggests ways for the general reader to approach a 200-year-old manuscript, avoiding ‘presentism,’ the post hoc fallacy, and confirmation bias. A glossary will define and explain terms and medications not commonly used in the 21st century.”
You can find Diseases in the District of Maine 1772 to 1820 on the 4th floor of the library at the New Books display.
You now have full access to the following two physiotherapy collections from McGraw-Hill Medical: the AccessPhysiotherapy and F.A. Davis PT Collection. These collections include clinical textbooks, cases, and review preps:
“AccessPhysiotherapy (APT) is an online medical resource that provides students with the tools they need to excel in basic and advanced studies and crucial test prep. APT provides students and residents with interactive content, self-assessment, and leading medical texts to enhance decision-making at the point-of-care. It allows for practicing physical therapists to brush up on their medical knowledge to ensure best patient outcomes.”
“The F.A. Davis PT Collection on AccessPhysiotherapy is the most comprehensive digital subscription product on the market for educators and physical therapy students. This partnership between F.A. Davis and McGraw-Hill Education brings you a comprehensive online PT resource that covers the entire spectrum of physical therapy–for viewing on any device.”
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has recently created a topic page which highlights select articles dealing with race and medicine. The articles have been pulled together with the hope of improving research, public health, patient care and professional training:
“The Race and Medicine collection reflects NEJM’s commitment to understanding and combating racism as a public health and human rights crisis. Our commitment to antiracism includes efforts to educate the medical community about systemic racism, to support Black and other minority physicians and aspiring physicians, and ultimately to improve the care and lives of Black and other minority patients” (NEJM, 2020, para. 1).
Additionally, the NEJM is cosponsoring four webinars in the virtual series, The Impact of Skin Color and Ethnicity on Clinical Diagnosis and Research, which will run from October 28–December 2. The topic of the first webinar is Structural Racism and Racial Bias in Medicine, and will take place on Wednesday, October 28 from 1:00-2:15 PM ET. Registration is available here.
PLEASE be mindful to not leave library books in study rooms, study carrels, and on tables/chairs. We ask that you place them on one of the many book-trucks at the end of the aisles. And no matter how tempted you are to re-shelve a book after you are done using it, putting it on the nearest book-truck for one of our stack assistants to re-shelve will ensure that they are correctly re-shelved by their call-numbers for future use. THANK YOU!
The Case Files Collection from Access Medicine has recently had a number of updates, which makes this a good time to review this useful resource. With cases from Basic Science, Clinical Rotation, and Post-Graduate, the collection now includes Case Files Podcasts found in the global navigation bar under “Podcasts/Audio.” They are produced by the primary author of the series, Dr. Eugene C. Toy, MD and highlight key concepts from the cases found in the collection in short downloadable episodes.
Here are the direct links to our catalog for each subject in the collection:
- Case Files: Anatomy
- Case Files: Anesthesiology
- Case Files: Biochemistry
- Case Files: Cardiology
- Case Files: Critical Care
- Case Files: Emergency Medicine
- Case Files: Family Medicine
- Case Files: Geriatrics
- Case Files: Gynecologic Surgery
- Case Files: High-Risk Obstetrics
- Case Files: Internal Medicine
- Case Files: Medical Ethics and Professionalism
- Case Files: Microbiology
- Case Files: Neurology
- Case Files: Neuroscience
- Case Files: Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Case Files: Orthopaedic Surgery
- Case Files: Pathology
- Case Files: Pediatrics
- Case Files: Pharmacology
- Case Files: Physiology
- Case Files: Psychiatry
- Case Files: Surgery
Here is a quick update on newly acquired eBooks that are now ready for use. A mixed bag of valuable and important titles which needed to be highlighted. Hope there is one that interests you. As always, if there is a book we don’t have that you think should be in our collection, please let us know by recommending a purchase.
We hope you are well, staying safe, and healthy out there. Below is another set of newly acquired electronic books that are now ready for use. This list focuses on Nutrition reserve titles. Please take notice of the Public Notes that are under the platform link in JumboSearch, as they will provide you with important access information.
- NUTRITIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY
- OBESITY EPIDEMIOLOGY
- PLANNING HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMS: AN INTERVENTION MAPPING APPROACH
- FOOD ACTIVISM: AGENCY, DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMY
- HANDBOOK OF FOOD AND ANTHROPOLOGY
- MASS STARVATION: THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF FAMINE
- AID IN DANGER: THE PERILS AND PROMISE OF HUMANITARIANISM
- NEW FAMINES: WHY FAMINES PERSIST IN AN ERA OF GLOBALIZATION
- ASKING QUESTIONS: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO QUESTIONNAIRE DESIGN
- EXPERIENCING FIELDWORK: AN INSIDE VIEW OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
- POVERTY AND FAMINES: AN ESSAY ON ENTITLEMENT AND DEPRIVATION
- POWER OF POSITIVE DEVIANCE: HOW UNLIKELY INNOVATORS SOLVE THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST PROBLEMS
- RESEARCH METHODS IN ANTHROPOLOGY: QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE APPROACHES
- SHAPING THE HUMANITARIAN WORLD
- SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION
- STATISTICS AT SQUARE ONE
- STATISTICS AT SQUARE TWO: UNDERSTANDING MODERN STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS IN MEDICINE
- WAR & CONFLICT IN AFRICA
We have been tirelessly going through the course reserve books to find any remaining titles that are available electronically which we have not already acquired. I will be posting these new eBooks with direct links to the catalog here for your convenience. This first list covers MPH reserve books. Please take notice of the Public Notes that are under the platform link in JumboSearch, as they will provide you with important access information.
We can’t have enough e-resources in times like these. Here is a list of the latest e-Books that have been added to our collection. These 2020 editions and recent releases are all available to you now from AccessMedicine and R2. Stay safe out there!
The big picture physiology : Medical course & step 1 review | 2020 edition
Current diagnosis & treatment : Pediatrics | 25th edition
Current practice guidelines in primary care | 2020 edition
Current diagnosis & treatment surgery | 15th edition
Clinical neuroanatomy | 29th edition
Infectious diseases : a clinical short course | 4th edition
You may have noticed that we are downsizing our journal stacks on the 7th floor to make room for additional seating. This also includes the three major titles below that you are used to seeing on the 4th floor new journal wall, which we will no longer receive in print. But just to put your minds at ease, these are journals that we have perpetual access to electronically, and are available to you through our catalog. If you have troubling locating or accessing any of our journals, please stop by the circulation desk for assistance.
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