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Looking for a book to take home for Thanksgiving weekend? Well, then you can be thankful to have a library like Hirsh. Because we have lots of new releases to choose from; whether you prefer leisure reading, graphic medicine, or non-fiction, stop by the new release section on the 4th floor of Sackler to browse through the latest titles to come in. Below are a select few titles to tempt you in:

 

LEISURE READING

In Pieces  by Sally Field

Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life  by Michael Caine

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

The Library Book  by Susan Orlean

Lethal White (Cormoran Strike Series #4)  by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)

-All Cormoran Strike Series novels are available

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing  by Hank Green

GRAPHIC MEDICINE

Hey, Kiddo  by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

RX : A Graphic Memoir  by Rachel Lindsay

The Alcoholic (10th Anniversary Expanded Edition)  by Jonathan Ames; Illustrators: Dean Haspiel, Lee Loughridge, Pat Brosseau

Home After Dark  by David Small

Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass  by Dana Walrath

Sea Prayer  by Khaled Hosseini

NON-FICTION

Heart: A History  by Sandeep Jauhar

Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat  by Marion Nestle

Nine Pints: A Journey through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George

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.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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You may have noticed our Bridging Differences display on the 4th floor of Sackler. Here is a little info on it in case you haven’t had the opportunity to read about this initiative.

It is an all-campus TUFTS initiative! The goal is to improve understanding and engagement across divergent perspectives at Tufts, through effective communication and programming. A core mission of Tufts is to develop students’ skills…to engage in informed and civil discussion and debate on issues on which they may disagree profoundly. 

If you are interested in getting involved, sitting in on a meeting or joining the initiative, you can contact the group via this LINK.

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Hello! Did you know that here at the library, we have a whole lot of skulls?

Not…not in our heads. I mean anatomical models. In fact, Hirsh Library has over 50(!) skulls you can check out, so you can study them and do awesomely in your classes. What kinds of skulls, you ask? Well, let’s take a look!

Real Skulls

Let’s start right at the top: we have real human skulls, and we have them in a few different ways. First up are the full skulls, which come apart into two or three pieces, depending on how the springs on the jaws are. The downside is that these skulls are on the older side, so there are elements that have sustained a little damage over the years. But all the same, we have them!

We also have half skulls. They are cut vertically, and can come with or without a brain, as seen below.

They’re all available for checking out, and follow the same four hour rules as all Reserve materials. We just ask you to be gentle with them. (But feel free to casually mention that you can check actual human skulls out from your school library to any members of your family who have never gone through health sciences graduate programs. The reactions you’ll get will enhance every visit home, guaranteed.)

Plastic Skulls

But, what if you don’t want real bone, or what if they’re checked out? We still have you covered with all of our plastic skulls! The most popular of these are probably the labeled plastic skulls, and we even have one that has muscle connections painted on, so you can get a better sense of how it all lines up. See for yourself:

The bonus of the painted skull is that it also looks festive, ready for holidays to freak out the more squeamish of your non-health sciences friends back home! All labeled skulls come with guides as to what those labels actually mean, so these are the go-to skulls of all students freshly dealing with head and neck anatomy. Welcome to the club.

What if you really want to take a skull apart? We’ve got you covered. Meet our unlabeled, plastic, bilaterally cut skull. It’s missing a tooth, so feel free to give it a semi-ironic nickname, like “Bitey” or “Smiles.”

Finally, the newest editions to our skull collection! We recently received about 40 skulls from the anatomy lab. They are plastic, unlabeled, come in special cardboard boxes that can fold out into display cases, and are in fantastic shape.

So there you go! We have 50+ skulls, mixed up over 7 different styles, and that’s not even touching all our other models – teeth, a brain that comes apart, a spinal cord, pelvises – even two full skeletons, the famous Leo and Theo! So swing on by the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor, and check out a new silent study buddy.

Just remember: you can pick your skulls, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your skull’s nose.

Oh. I, uh…guess you can. Looks like there’s always something new to discover with a Hirsh Library Skull!

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Introducing Graphic Medicine! This new section at Hirsh explores the graphic novel in medical education and healthcare. The term Graphic Medicine was first coined by Dr. Ian Williams for graphicmedicine.org. It is now a rapidly growing field and we hope to expand our selection in the coming months. These graphic novels can be found on the 4th floor of Sackler along the journal wall next to the New Books display.

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

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This summer we’ve expanded our small but ever popular Leisure Reading Classics selection!  Classics can be found on the 4th floor of Sackler at the end-cap of Leisure Reading Fiction. Here are some of the titles that have most recently been added to the collection:

The Portable Dante

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man & Dubliners  by James Joyce

Heart of Darkness  by Joseph Conrad

Lord Jim  by Joseph Conrad

Fathers and Sons  by Ivan Turgenev

The Hunchback of Notre Dame  by Victor Hugo

Robinson Crusoe  by Daniel Defoe

Treasure Island  by Robert Louis Stevenson

David Copperfield  by Charles Dickens

If there is a classic novel that you’ve always wanted to read and don’t see it on our shelves, please let us know by recommending a purchase.

You now have full electronic access to LWW Health Library’s Board Review Series!

The Board Review Series is a database that covers material in the primary basic sciences such as gross anatomy, embryology, neuroscience, and more that are addressed on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 exams. Each concise, yet comprehensive book takes an outline approach, and contains review questions, clinical information, full-color illustrations, photographs, and tables.

Gross Anatomy

Physiology

Embryology

Behavioral Science

Cell Biology and Histology

Neuroanatomy

Microbiology and Immunology

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Genetics

Pharmacology

Pathology

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Hey dental students! Are you studying for the Boards (part 1 or part 2)? Did you know we have study aids for you both online and in person?

If you’re going home or away or just don’t feel like leaving your home in the heat, you can still use Board Vitals – an online study aid and question bank that gives you personalized feedback. It works no matter your location! Learn how to sign up for an account and get started studying.

If you’re staying in town and want to study in the library, be sure to check out our physical study aids including Mosby’s, Dentin, and Dental Decks. See the full list or just head to our Service Desk on the 4th floor of Sackler and ask for what you need.

Good luck on your boards!

 

Time for more FREE BOOKS! All this week, stop by the circulation desk on the 4th floor and take home as many books as you’d like!

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If you haven’t had a chance to stop by the new books display on the 4th floor, here are a few titles you’ve been missing out on. While these books may not make your light-summer-reading list, they are most engrossing and perfect for the days when you’re hiding in from the heat.

THE FOOD EXPLORER : The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by Daniel Stone.

DOING HARM : The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenbery.

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND : What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan.

SUGAR : The World Corrupted: From Slavery to Obesity by James Walvin.

THE SMILE STEALERS : The Fine + Foul Art of Dentistry by Richard Barnett.

NATURAL CAUSES : An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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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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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