Archive for December, 2008

Unnatural Causes DVD and town meetings

Monday, December 29th, 2008 has a calendar of town hall meetings in the Philadelphia area inspired by Unnatural Causes, a 7-part PBS series about how social, economic, and racial unfairness lead to poor health.

Jeffersonians can watch the entire series online through the AISR Learning Resources Media Server.

Tips for Micromedex

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Micromedex offers a Quick Tip every other month. The latest, #11, is about a free tutorial for people who use Carenotes to generate patient handouts.

Speaking of Micromedex… a recent analysis published in BMC Infectious Diseases found it performed well against competing products:

Polen HH, Zapantis A, Clauson KA, Jebrock J, Paris M. Ability of online drug databases to assist in clinical decision-making with infectious disease therapies. BMC Infect Dis 2008 Nov 6;8(1):153.

GIS primer

Friday, December 19th, 2008

ArcView GIS software is now available in the Scott LRC. For background,  the library has a copy of GIS tutorial for health published by ESRI, the maker of the software. New this week is a book that concentrates not on the software but the principles of GIS. Reference copies are available in the Edison and Scott LRCs and one copy is available for 3-week loan: A Primer of GIS: Fundamental Geographic and Cartographic Concepts.

From the preface:

This book provides a conceptual introduction to GIS without requiring the use of GIS software. Through practical examples and exercies, regardless of your educational background or interests, you will find in this book detailed introductions to theories, concepts, and skills you will need to prepare for working with GIS.

DSM-1, 2, 3, 4,… V

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Yesterday’s New York Times had a piece on the progress of the next edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Jefferson users have access to the current edition, DSM-IV, as well as all past editions in Psychiatry Online.

Psychiatry Online provides access to all editions of the DSM

Psychiatry Online provides access to all editions of the DSM

Published: December 18, 2008
Psychiatrists are working on the fifth edition of a manual that is both medical guidebook and cultural institution.

Studying for the Internal Medicine boards?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

The 2008 edition of the Mayo Clinic internal medicine review (Thomcat) is now available for in-house use at the circulation window. Older editions are available for 3-week loan on the 4th floor (WB 18 M473 and WB 18.2 M4732).

Mayo Clinic internal medicine review

Also on the 4th floor available for 3-week loan is the Johns Hopkins internal medicine board review 2007-2008 (Thomcat) and Zevitz’s Internal medicine: pearls of wisdom (Thomcat), the new edition of which is on order.