Scheduled outage for Medical Library websites - October 31 at 7am

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:42 -- Andy Hickner

The Medical Library and its associated websites (including the Cushing Center, Medical Historical Library, Digitized Collections, and Nursing Information pages) will be offline from 7-7:30am tomorrow, Friday, October 31.  The purpose of the downtime will be to install urgent security updates to our content management system.  As with our previous scheduled maintenance, during this time users will be redirected to a static page with access to key resources such as PubMed@Yale and UpToDate.  I expect the site will be back online by 7:30am.  

I apologize for any inconvenience.   Please contact me at or 785-3969 with any questions or concerns. 

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Semantic MEDLINE: An Advanced Information Management Application for Biomedicine

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:57 -- Rolando Garcia-...

On November 12 from 11.00 AM- 12.00 PM,  the Yale Medical Library will be hosting a presentation on Semantic Medline by Dr. Marcelo Fiszman, Research Scientis, Lister Hill Nat. Ctr. for Biomed. Comm. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Semantic MEDLINE integrates information retrieval, advanced natural language processing, automatic summarization, and visualization into a single Web portal. The application is intended to help manage the results of PubMed searches by condensing core semantic content in the citations retrieved. Output is presented as a connected graph of semantic relations, with links to the original MEDLINE citations. The ability to connect salient information across documents helps users keep up with the research literature and discover connections which might otherwise go unnoticed. Semantic MEDLINE can make an impact on biomedicine by supporting scientific discovery and the timely translation of insights from basic research into advances in clinical practice and patient care.

Dr. Fiszman has an M.D. from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and a Ph.D. in biomedical informatics from the University of Utah. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in biomedical informatics at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and is currently a research scientist there. His work focuses on natural language processing algorithms that exploit symbolic, rule-based techniques for semantic interpretation of biomedical text. He is also interested in using extracted semantic information for automatic abstraction summarization and literature-based discovery. These efforts underpin Semantic MEDLINE, which is currently under development at NLM. This innovative biomedical information management application combines document retrieval, semantic interpretation, automatic summarization, and knowledge visualization into a single application.


Date:             November 12, 2014 – 11.00- 12.00

Location:      Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar St, New Haven, CT 06520

Registration required - limited seating



Photos published by The New Yorker

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:28 -- Terry Dagradi

On Oct 2, 2014, The New Yorker published a photo essay on a small selection of patient photographs from The Cushing Tumor Registry.  The article mentions the number of photographs as fifteen hundred, but a closer estimate of the 5x7 inch glass and film negatives is between ten and fifteen thousand. 

The promise of seeing hundreds of glass jars of brains and tumors is what often draws guests to the Cushing Center. But it is the photographs of the patients on display that connect the viewers to the individuals that Cushing cared for during the early and often dangerous days of neurosurgery.

Curatorial tour of three new exhibits in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:27 -- Andy Hickner

Join us for a tour of 3 fascinating and diverse Medical Library exhibits – The Body as a Machine, Vesalius at 500, and Dangers of Underage Drinking and other Historical Posters. The tour will be led by Melissa Grafe, Librarian for Medical History, and Susan Wheeler, Curator at the Medical Library. As part of the tour, the cases will be opened to view the objects. Please meet at the circulation desk. You may RSVP to or at 203 785-4354.

New Interface for ClinicalKey

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:02 -- Nathan Rupp

A new interface for ClinicalKey will be released on September 23. The new interface will include a cleaner, mobile-friendly design for discovering clinical content on the go. It will also introduce 1,400 topic pages that offer quick access to point-of-care content, including risk factors, treatments, and more.

For further information about the new interface, go to

Electrosurgical in the Operating Room

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:37 -- Andy Hickner

(Post authored by Terry Dagradi)
Cushing operating at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
Cushing operating at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
Photo by Dr. Walter Willard Boyd 1928-32

On October 1, 1926 at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, Harvey Cushing performed an operation—removal of a mass from a patient’s head -- using the first commercial electrosurgical generator developed by to William T. Bovie [1], an engineer employed at Harvard University. The Bovie unit passed high frequency alternating current into the body, allowing the current to cut or coagulate. The device drastically reduced the complications of bleeding during intracranial operations, further reducing the mortality rates during brain surgery. After 88 years this basic device remains a fundamental tool in the practice of surgery.

When Cushing began his surgical career in the early 1900s, brain tumors were considered to be inoperable. At that time the mortality rate for a surgical procedure involving the opening of the skull was around 90%. Cushing dramatically reduced the mortality rate for neurosurgery to less than 10%, and by the time of his retirement from the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1932, he had successfully removed more than 2,000 tumors.[2]

[1] Bovie, WT; Cushing, H (1928). "Electrosurgery as an aid to the removal of intracranial tumors with a preliminary note on a new surgical-current generator". Surg Gynecol Obstet 47: 751–84.


Additional information on Electrosurgery:

Renovated CRL reopens as the 24/7 Computer & Study Space

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 19:28 -- Mark Gentry




The Medical Library Computer Resource Laboratory (CRL) has reopened with a very different look. We decided it deserved a new name - the 24/7 Computer & Study Space. The new name emphasizes the multiple purposes of the room and reminds our users that is accessible to anyone with a Yale University ID badge anytime, day or night.  Some of the changes you will see in the renovated space are:

  • All new furniture with more work space
  • Upgraded monitors on Windows computers
  • New software such as qualitative analysis software packages Atlas.ti and nVivo
  • Height-adjustable tables (great for laptop users)
  • A large wall-mounted monitor for collaborative work
  • COMING SOON! Soft seating for the area around the monitor

Entrance to the 24/7 Space is through the door just past the newspaper reading area whenever the library is open.  After hours entry is from the stairwell just outside the entrance to the Medical Library.  We hope you will enjoy the enhancements to this space.

YaleLinks & Journal List: New Look

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 16:08 -- Jan Glover

As you know, YaleLinks allows quick electronic access to journals and journal articles.  On Monday, June 23rd, there will be a dramatic change in the way the YaleLinks menu looks in order to access a journal or article.  However, the new YaleLinks menu has all of the same functionalities as before, allowing direct access to full text articles and linking out to Inter Library Loan (ILL).

If you use the A-Z journal title list you will also see a change in the way it looks. But again, there is no compromise to functionality.

We expect that the new interface will be easy to navigate, but if you encounter trouble while using YaleLinks, please contact the library at


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