Apply for a Research Travel Grant!

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 09:39 -- Andy Hickner

Ferenc Gyorgyey

The Historical Library of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University is pleased to announce its eighth annual Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library.

The Medical Historical Library, located in New Haven, Connecticut, holds one of the country’s largest collections of rare medical books, journals, prints, photographs, and pamphlets. Special strengths are the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius, Boyle, Harvey, Culpeper, Priestley, and S. Weir Mitchell, and works on anesthesia, and smallpox inoculation and vaccination. The Library owns over fifty medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Arabic and Persian manuscripts, and over 300 medical incunabula.  The notable Clements C. Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings has over 2,500 fine prints, drawings, and posters from the 15th century to the present on medical subjects.  The library also holds a great collection of tobacco advertisements, patent medicine ephemera, and a large group of materials from Harvey Cushing, one of the founding fathers of neurosurgery.

The 2015-2016 travel grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers who wish to use the collections of the Medical Historical Library:  There is a single award of up to $1,500 for one week of research during the academic fiscal year July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016.  Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. Applicants should send a completed application form, curriculum vitae and a description of the project including the relevance of the collections of the Historical Library to the project, and two references attesting to the particular project. Preference will be given to applicants beyond commuting distance to the Historical Library. 

This award is for use of Medical Historical special collections and is not intended for primary use of special collections in other libraries at Yale.  Applications are due by Monday, MAY 4th, 2015.  They will be considered by a committee and the candidates will be informed by JUNE 8th, 2015. An application form can be found on our website:

Applications and requests for further information should be sent to:

Melissa Grafe, Ph.D
John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
P.O. Box 208014
New Haven, CT 06520-8014
Telephone: 203- 785-4354
Fax: 203-785-5636

Spring 2015 exhibits opening this month

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:22 -- Andy Hickner

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An image from the upcoming Teratology exhibit

There are 3 upcoming exhibits opening this month in the Rotunda, Hallway, and Foyer, in addition to Harry Potter!  Please join us for an exhibit tour for the Teratology and Prodigies exhibits on Wednesday, January 28th, at noon.  

"Teratology: The Science and History of Human Monstrosity," in the Rotunda of the Medical Library

Opening Jan. 22 at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Dates: January 22nd-May 15th, 2015
Curated by Courtney Thompson, doctoral candidate in the History of Science and Medicine, and Melissa Grafe, Ph.D, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History

From early modern marvels to sideshow performers, the abnormal body has provoked wonder and fascination, even as it has inspired the scientific study of monsters. This exhibit explores the history of the science of human monstrosity, from early modern accounts of human-animal hybrids and prodigies through to present-day explorations of birth defects. The exhibit traces the different approaches to human abnormalities/monstrosity since the fifteenth century, demonstrating the various ways in which monsters have been described, explained, classified, and displayed to an interested public.

"Prodigies and Marvels" on view in the main Hallway of the Medical Library, curated by Susan Wheeler

"100 Years of Public Health at Yale" in the Foyer of the Medical Library, January 29th-May 15th, 2015
Curated by Toby Appel, Ph.D, and Melissa Grafe, Ph.D, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
The Yale School of Public Health celebrates its centennial throughout 2015. One of the oldest accredited schools of public health in this country, it today advances public health through research, education and practice in its home city of New Haven, across the United States and throughout the world.  This exhibit examines the rise of public health at Yale with beginning with the appointment of C.E.A. Winslow in 1915 through the work of the School in the present day.

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NCBI BioSample includes curated list of over 400 known misidentified and contaminated cell lines

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:09 -- Rolando Garcia-...

The NCBI BioSample database now includes a curated list of over 400 known misidentified and contaminated cell lines. Scientists should check this list before they start working with a new cell line to see if that cell line is known to be misidentified.

Continuous cell lines are used widely in research as model systems for normal cellular processes and disease states. However, as noted by many (e.g. PubMed 23235867, 20143388, 19003294, 18072586, and 17522957), cell line cross-contamination or misidentification represents a serious and widespread problem, and researchers should take great care to check that their cell line is what they think it is. Cell lines can be easily mislabeled or become overgrown by cells derived from a different individual, tissue or species.

This problem is so common it is thought that thousands of misleading and potentially erroneous papers have been published using cell lines that are incorrectly identified (PubMed 20448633). The first step in combating this problem is to make sure your cell line is not on the list of known misidentified and cross-contaminated cell lines. Detailed information about how to test your cell lines is provided by the International Cell Line Authentication Committee.

. NCBI BioSample curated list of misidentified and contaminated cell lines:
. Articles on cell line cross-contamination and misidentification in PubMed mentioned above
. The International Cell Line Authentication Committee

Source: NCBI announcements and updates <>


YaleLinks are temporarily not appearing in Google Scholar

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:46 -- Andy Hickner

Please be advised that due to a holdings retrieval problem between Google and ProQuest, YaleLinks currently is not appearing within Google Scholar.  This is a product-wide disruption impacting all 360Link customers and is not limited to Yale. 

Yale patrons searching Google Scholar will not see the familiar Yale Links menu button and do not have any means of linking out to content accessible through YUL.   

ProQuest estimates that  YaleLinks will reappear in Google Scholar next Tuesday or Wednesday, Nov. 25th or 26th.

Although linking in Google Scholar has disappeared, content is still accessible.  Citations discovered in Google Scholar can be looked up in any of YUL’s other access interfaces.  The fastest routes to access are:

Journal A-Z list:


Ferenc Gyorgyey Memorial Service

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 14:55 -- km553

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library will be hosting a memorial service for Ferenc Gyorgyey, former Medical Library Historical Librarian, on November 13th at 3pm in the Historical Library. There will be reminiscences by some of Ferenc’s friends and family including Laszlo Papp, Paul Sohar, Suzanna Lengyel, Nancy Eisenfeld, and both of Ferenc’s daughters, Kati Berger and Mari Gyorgyey. We hope you will be able to join us and Ferenc’s family to celebrate his life.

Ferenc ‘Aladar Gyorgyey, 89, of Hamden, CT passed away peacefully on October 1, 2014, of natural causes.

He was born in Budapest, Hungary March 14,1925 to Ferenc and Flora Frankl. Shortly after graduating from university Ferenc was apprehended by the Nazis and spent about a year in the Mauthausen labor camp in Austria. After the war Ferenc was arrested in 1949 by the communist secret police. He served 7 1/2 years at Recsk, a notoriously hard labor camp in Hungary, before escaping to Austria and emigrating to the United States in 1956.

Ferenc attended Yale University where he met and married student and Hungarian refugee Clara Takacs. The couple remained in New Haven and Frank employed by Yale University from1968 to 1994. He served as the Head of the Medical Historical Library. Both Ferenc and Clara were active at Yale and in the Hungarian American Cultural Community. They wrote for numerous English and Hungarian newspapers and periodicals.

In his book True Tales of a Fictitious Spy Ferenc focused on the humorous side of his heinous prison experiences. That was the manner in which he lived his life as well. Ferenc lived his life with the quiet dignity and spirit of a survivor and loved to laugh, tell stories and share a glass of wine. 

He is survived by daughters Katalin Berger and Mari Gyorgyey.


In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant. Donations to the grant may be sent to the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library attn: Ferenc Gyorgyey Travel Grant. More information about the grant can be found here:


(Updated) ILLiad is down

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 09:50 -- Andy Hickner

UPDATE 12:05pm:  ILLiad is now back up.  Thanks again for your patience.

The library's electronic delivery address (Odyssey) changed this morning and ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system, has gone down.   Staff at Sterling Memorial Library are working on fixing the problem.  We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide status updates as they become available. 

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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