New Resources Category


New collaborative online medical resource available: Medpedia

A new collaborative online medical resource is now available, Medpedia.  Medpedia is an up-and-coming website seeking to bring together those in the medical fields and their respective research.  It currently is looking for members to contribute to its growing repository, and at its young age, is already a useful resource tool.

It can be found at:


Need to Record Something? Hardin Has You Covered!

If you ever need to record anything and upload it to a computer, you now need to look no further than the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.  Recently, a stereo digital audio recorder was purchased for the library.  It is kept in the Info Commons East and can be rented out for a maximum of 3 days.


60 Second Tutorials Available Online


The University of Iowa Libraries now has 60 Second Tutorials available online.  From the tutorials, you can learn how to use InfoLink, request article delivery, request books from other libraries, and much more.  The condensed tutorials include audio and graphics that are easy to use and follow.

The 60 Second Tutorials can be viewed at:


Need to share your ideas? Looking for ideas? Slideshare has you covered!

Slideshare is a site dedicated to allowing users to post and share presentations either publicly or privately, in addition to peruse what others have added.  It allows your work to be viewed by large audiences, connects you instantly to others, and can aid in helping you develop your own ideas and projects.
Slideshare can be reached at:

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Stay Informed! Presidential Candidates platforms on healthcare

With election season in full swing, The New England Journal of Medicine recently posted the healthcare reform positions of both presidential candidates.  Accompanying the candidates’ plans are also commentary and critiques of the proposals by individuals with differing political views.  The positions were posted on The New England Journal of Medicine website beginning Sept. 24th, however won’t be fully in print until Oct. 16th. 

Obama and McCain’s plans and the critiques are posted on The Journal’s site and can be viewed at:


Wiley Encyclopedia of Clinical Trials – new e-book

The Wiley Encyclopedia of Clinical Trials is now available online.  The encylopedia is a compendia of basic concepts, methodologies, and applications in clinical trials.

Topics include:

  • overview & basic statistical concepts
  • concepts of design and analysis of clinical trials
  • methodologies and issues for clinical data analysis

Attach articles in RefWorks

RefworksRefWorks has just implemented a new feature which allows you to attach images, articles, and other files to your citations. For instance, this will allow you to keep a copy of the full-text article with your citation and have it be accessible from any web-connected computer.

To attach a file, simply click on “Edit” to the right of each citation, look for the field labeled “Attachments,” and browse for and select the article that you want to attach. Multiple files can be attached to each citation. Once you attach the file, you can view it by clicking on “View” to the right of each citation and then selecting the file.

Each account can hold 100MB of files. If you have any questions or need additional storage space, please contact


Rare Morphological Work Added to Rare Book Collection

Recently, the John Martin Rare Book Room acquired a rare copy of Edward Tyson’s 1699 book, Orang-outang, sive, Homo sylvestris, or, The anatomy of a pygmie compared with that of a monkey, an ape, and a man… The book constitutes of the most important works in the history of comparative morphology. tyson-1sm1.jpg
Physician, Edward Tyson, studied at Oxford and Cambridge and was a frequent lecturer on anatomy; he made several important contributions to medicine including the discovery of the sebaceous glands of the corona glandis (“Tyson Glands”). As a hospital administrator, Tyson was responsible for introducing female nurses to Bethlehem Hospital. Tyson’s reputation, however, rests largely with his anatomical studies which, in addition to the present investigation, included the porpoise and the opossum.

The “Orang-Outang” Tyson describes is actually a less than mature male chimpanzee from Angola that died a few months after its arrival in London. Also, his use of the word “Pygmie” denotes a group of small mythical beings whose supposed existence Tyson attributes to sightings of chimpanzees made in antiquity. Tyson’s “Pygmie” is completely unrelated to the name now given to the short-statured groups of people in Central Africa whose existence was unknown to Europeans until the 19th century.

As the first to dissect this species, Tyson noted the great morphological similarity between the animal and humans and termed it “an intermediate link” between ape and man. In doing so, Tyson did not mean to suggest a common lineage or descent but rather was referring to the “links” in the “Great Chain of Being,” the classical conception of a hierarchical universe from the simplest elements through the plants and animals and culminating in humans and finally God.

Tyson writes that the animal is “…of a higher degree above any of [the other apes and monkeys] we yet know, and more resembling a man. But at the same time I take him to be wholly a Brute, tho’ in the formation of the of the Body, and in the sensitive or brutal soul, it may be, more resembling a man, than another other anima; so that in this chain of the creation, as in intermediate link between an ape and a man, I would place our Pygmie.” The remarkable plates are executed in a style very similar to those in Vesalius’ Fabrica further underscoring Tyson’s thesis.

The copy in the John Martin Rare Book Room was once owned by William Musgrave (ca 1655-1721), former secretary of the Royal Society, physician, and noted historian. The skeleton of the chimpanzee dissected by Tyson remains on display at The Natural History Museum of London.
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More books added to Stat!Ref

The following electronic books have been added to Stat!Ref. You can access them by searching for the title in InfoHawk , or by going directly to Stat!Ref.

    AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing
    American Dietetic Association Guide to Diabetes Medical Nutrition Therapy and Education
    An Evidence-Based Approach to the Treatment and Care of the Older Adult With Cancer
    Bell’s Orofacial Pains: The Clinical Management of Orofacial Pain
    Cardiovascular Nutrition: Disease Management and Prevention
    Clinical Manual for the Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse
    Compounding Sterile Preparations
    Concepts in Clinical Pharmacokinetics
    Conceptual Models of Nursing
    Diet and Nutrition in Oral Health
    Effective Leadership and Management in Nursing
    EKG Plain and Simple
    Ethical Questions in Dentistry
    Functional Neuroanatomy
    Handbook of Institutional Pharmacy Practice
    Introduction to Orthodontics
    Medication Errors
    Nursing Management: Principles and Practice
    Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach
    Pediatric Manual of Clinical Dietetics
    Pharmacology for Nurses
    Public Health and Preventive Medicine
    Radiopharmaceuticals in Nuclear Pharmacy and Nuclear Medicine
    Temporomandibular Disorders: An Evidence-Based Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment
    Trissel’s Stability of Compounded Formulations

Questions, comments, and suggestions about books and journals –print or electronic – can be sent to Janna Lawrence, Assistant Library Director for Collections and Outreach.