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May 2017

Sixty-Three Years of “Scope & Scalpel”—A New Exhibit in Falk Library

"Quack" (1970)

“Quack” (1970)

In 1955, a medical student, Samuel B. Aronson II, was working in a research lab run by Frank Dixon, MD. During a “gripe session” at a local pub, the two discussed problems at the medical school. Out of this discussion came the idea for a class play. Scope & Scalpel is a satirical, uncensored play produced annually by fourth year students at Pitt’s School of Medicine.

To honor Scope & Scalpel, a new art exhibit recently opened on the upper floor of Falk Library in the quiet study area. The exhibit, entitled As the Years Go By—Scope & Scalpel Retrospective,

E-Books or Paper Books

ebooksBackpacks weighing you down with too many books? Are you tired of getting overdue notices? What about those book pages that are torn or missing, or have coffee rings and bent corners? These are just a few of the headaches facing users of print books. Whereas, e-books are portable, cleaner, available on multiple devices, and you don’t have to drive or take the bus to use or buy one.

Scan and Convert to Text: OCR at Falk Library

Scanning is a form of digitization that replicates a traditional format, like a book, paper, or image, into a digital image file. After digitizing your file, there are ways to change that static image into searchable and editable text. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a technology that can interpret the letters on an image, and turn them into computer text that can be searched or edited.

Exciting Medical News! Should You Believe It or Not?

It seems like every day in the news you hear about new scientific research results. What was okay to eat yesterday is not good for you today. It’s the same story with vitamins, one day you can’t take too much of a certain vitamin, and the next day that same dose could harm you. What about medicine…will that pill really help? Every day we are bombarded with medical news and it’s getting harder and harder to sort the good from the bad.

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: Withering on Foxglove

An Account of the Foxglove, and Some of Its Medicinal Uses William Withering (1741-1799) was a British polymath, botanist, mineralogist, and chief physician at the Birmingham General Hospital. He attracted the attention of the medical world to the virtues of common foxglove (also known by its Latin name, digitalis) in the treatment of dropsy when he published his famous work, An Account of the Foxglove, and Some of Its Medicinal Uses, in 1785.

HSLS Staff News

The HSLS Staff News section includes recent HSLS presentations, publications, staff changes, staff promotions, degrees earned, etc.

Classes for May 2017

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Prezi, bibliographic management, and molecular biology and genetics. For more information, visit the online class calendar.

Classes are held on the first floor of Falk Library (200 Scaife Hall) in Classroom 1 and on the upper floor of the library in Classroom 2. All classes are open to faculty, staff, and students of the University of Pittsburgh. They are also open to UPMC residents and fellows, who will need to show their UPMC IDs.