Join us for our Speakers’ Series: Medicine on the Maumee: A History of Health Care in Northwest Ohio

All events held in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, Fifth Floor, William S. Carlson Library.  See the UTNews article for more details on each event.

September 26, 3 p.m.: “The History of Hospital-Based Nurse Education in 20th Century Toledo,” by Joanna Russ, archivist, ProMedica.
October 3, 3 p.m.: “The History of HIV Infection in Northwest Ohio,” a panel discussion led by Dr. Joan Duggan, director of the Toledo Ryan White HIV Center.
October 10, 3 p.m.: “A Man, His Work, and His Legacy—Conrad Jobst,” by Dr. Anthony Comerota, director of the Jobst Vascular Institute at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
October 17, 3 p.m.: “Posing for Eternity: The Art and Science of Plastination,” by Dr. Carlos Baptista, president of the International Society for Plastination.
October 24, 3:30 p.m.: “From M*A*S*H to the Great Black Swamp: The Life of John Howard M.D.,” by Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, UT professor emeritus.
November 7, 3 p.m.: “The Magician with a Meningioma,” by Dr. James Ravin, Toledo ophthalmologist and medical historian.

All Events Free and Open to the Public

Reception to Follow Each Talk

Harry Potter’s World at UT Libraries

The University of Toledo Libraries, along with our partners Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, are proud to announce the exhibit Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine. The exhibit, which was created by the National Library of Medicine, consists of six banners that explore the link between Harry Potter and the history of science. Visitors may view the exhibition at the Carlson Library on UT’s Main Campus from March 12 to 29 and at the Mulford Library on the Health Science Campus from April 3 to 20 during library hours.

Illustration of an owl

Illustration of an owl from Konrad Gesner, Historiae Animalium, 1551

In celebration of the exhibit the Carlson Library will host Lightning Strikes, a wicked-fun event for all ages on March 16, from 4-6pm. The event is free and open to the public and will feature Potter-themed games, activities, prize drawings and refreshments.

A lecture series, also open to the public, will be held on both the Main and Health Science campuses. These one-hour talks given by UT professors from the fields of medicine, law, literature and philosophy will discuss some of the themes found in the Harry Potter novels.

For lecture series dates, calendar of events and more information about the exhibit (including directions and parking), please visit Questions can be directed to Bridget Faricy-Beredo at 419-383-4214 or

In Focus: SPIE Digital Library

Go to SPIE Digital LibraryThe University of Toledo has access to the SPIE Digital Library, an interdisciplinary science database useful to many fields at UT that deal with light or optics in any configuration.  At this time, access is available for on-campus use only.  Update 3/28/2011: Off-campus access now available.

The Digital Library includes:

  • Over 275,000 articles from 1990 to the present
  • 6,000 volumes of SPIE Proceedings
  • The following SPIE Journals:
  • Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
  • Journal of Biomedical Optics
  • Journal of Electronic Imaging
  • Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (JM3)
  • Journal of Nanophotonics
  • Optical Engineering
  • SPIE Reviews (open access)
  • SPIE Letters Virtual Journal (open access)
  • Journal of Photonics for Energy (open access) 

For more information about the SPIE Digital Library, see this Quick Start Guide.

About SPIE

SPIE is a not-for-profit international optics and photonics scholarly society advancing light-based research.  SPIE acts as a catalyst for collaboration among technical disciplines for information exchange, continuing education, publishing opportunities, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.  SPIE focuses on:

  • Astronomy
  • Biomedical Optics
  • Communications
  • Defense and Security
  • Imaging
  • Lighting and Energy
  • Micro/Nanophotonics
  • Sensor Technologies

We intend to feature other electronic resources like this occasionally to alert our students, faculty, and researchers to what is available from your University Libraries.

New Exam Prep tool for Med Students

(Cross-posted from the Mulford Library blog)

USMLEasy – part of AccessMedicine – is now available to UT Students. USMLEasy is a test preparation tool to help prepare for the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1, Step 2CK, and Step3.  USMLEasy includes thousands of online questions covering all the disciplines and organ systems covered on the exam – along with customization features that allow users to focus on the topics they need to master and bypass what they already know. USMLEasy is accessible on both campuses, and remotely as well.

Click here for more information.

Three New Health-related Databases!

We now have access to three new databases in the health sciences!

DynaMed logoDynaMed is an evidence-based clinical reference tool designed for use at “point of care.” It has summaries derived from peer-reviewed journals and systematic evidence review databases for 3,000+ topics on diseases, disorders, and symptoms. Summaries include information on etiology, associated conditions, history and research findings, differential diagnosis and diagnostic testing, prognosis, treatment and prevention, as well as links to patient information.

Nursing Reference CenterThe Nursing Reference Center is a clinical point-of-care resource intended for staff nurses, nurse administrators, nursing students, nurse faculty, and hospital librarians. Full text content from leading publishers includes information on diseases, disorders, diagnostic tests, and drugs; patient education resources; and best practice guidelines. Also includes continuing education modules, legal cases, and the latest medical news and drug updates. Full-text reference books include:

  • Davis’s comprehensive handbook of laboratory and diagnostic tests,
  • Davis’s drug guide for nurses,
  • Taber’s cyclopedic medical dictionary, and
  • Diseases and disorders: a nursing therapeutics manual.

Health & Psychosocial InstrumentsAnd finally, HAPI (Health And Psychosocial Instruments) provides ready access to information on measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes/scenarios, tests) in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science.  This database is limited to 5 users at a time.

Welloween Health Fair this Friday, 10/30!

Visit the University  Libraries table at the Welloween health fair to be held this Friday, 10/30, from 11am-2pm in the Student Rec Center on Main Campus.  At our table, you’ll learn about new health resources from the Libraries; the history of disease throughout classic literature; and current trends in healthcare and how to access articles and books on those topics.

Welloween is a fun educational event, with numerous informational tables from a variety of campus departments and community organizations.  Not only will you be able to pick up fun freebies as you visit the different tables, but you can enter to win grand prizes.   We hope to see you there!

Natural Standard Database Trial

We have a current trial to Natural Standard, a database which evaluates complementary medicine therapies.  Natural Standard was developed by clinicians and researchers to provide high quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. For each therapy covered by Natural Standard, a research team systematically gathers scientific data and expert opinions. Validated rating scales are used to evaluate the quality of available evidence. Information is incorporated into comprehensive reports which are designed to facilitate clinical decision making.

As always, we would appreciate your comments during the trial period, ending October 11, 2009.  Let us know if this would be useful to you in your classes or your research by e-mailing us.

JAMAevidence Trial

We have a trial subscription to JAMAevidence from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) integrates the best available evidence with clinical experience that allows clinicians to recommend, and their patients to make, informed choices consistent with their values.   This resource will help you understand EBM and how to use it in making evaluations, with content primarily from two textbooks:

  • Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, 2nd Edition
  • The Rational Clinical Examination: Evidence-Based Clinical Diagnosis

As always, we would appreciate your comments during the trial period, which ends October 1, 2009.  Let us know if this would be useful to you in your classes or your research by e-mailing us.