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June 2013

Micromedex Supports Targeted Searches

Micromedex, a drug information database, supports targeted searches for specific drug information. Simply type a question into the search box, such as “what drugs treat Lyme disease,” and you’ll be presented with a list of results as shown below:

Micromedex Results

The display feature across the top of the results allows you to narrow the search by disease, toxicology, alternative medicine, or reproductive risk information.

Publishers Encouraged to Support Research Publication Compliance

AAHSL The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and the Medical Library Association have released a statement encouraging publishers to support mandated author compliance with the NIH MLAPublic Access Policy. Authors’ failure to comply could result in non-renewal or denial of grant funding. This issue is affecting thousands of research scientists across the United States.

HSLS Participation at the Medical Library Association’s Annual Conference

HSLS librarians actively participated at the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) Annual Meeting held in Boston, Mass., from May 3–8, 2013.

SciVerse Scopus Alerts App

The SciVerse Scopus Alerts app provides a streamlined interface to locate and share article citations, create alerts, and make notes about articles of interest.

Compatible Devices

The SciVerse Scopus Alerts app is free to download and is available for the iPhone/iPad from the iTunes App Store (iOS 3.0 or later required) and for Android devices from Google Play (Android 1.6 or later required).

HealthCAS Graduates Third Cohort of Students

The third and final cohort of seven students in the Certificate of Advanced Study in the Health Sciences Librarianship (HealthCAS) program received graduation certificates at a capstone event held on May 4, 2013. The event was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association and took place at the Hirsh Library of Health Sciences at Tufts University Medical Center in Boston, Mass.

L-R: Jeff Coghill, Margaret Moutseous, Mariaelena de la Rosa, Shannon Jones, Sangeeta Bhargava, Darlene Ford, Beth McGowan

L-R: Jeff Coghill, Margaret Moutseous, Mariaelena de la Rosa, Shannon Jones, Sangeeta Bhargava, Darlene Ford, Beth McGowan

The goal of the HealthCAS program was to offer specialized preparation

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: Medical Adventurer of the 17th Century—Nicola de Blégny

L'art de Guerir les Hernies, 1693 edition

L’art de Guerir les Hernies, 1693 edition

The history of medicine is full of controversial and colorful figures. Nicola de Blégny (1652-1722) certainly fits that description. He was a man of many talents: essayist, historian, physician, and surgeon. His birth date is disputed, although it is known that he was born in Lyon. He started his surgical career as a designer of trusses used in the treatment of hernia, but quickly climbed the social ladder to become physician to Queen Marie Therese (1678) and later to King Louis XIV of France (1682). He was a prolific author and left a number of works. These include monographs on hernia, venereal diseases, health, remedies for fever, and the use of coffee and tea. For some, he was a genius, for others—a quack.

HSLS Staff News

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


Melissa Ratajeski, reference librarian, has been elected Vice Chair of the Medical Library Association’s Chapter Council for a two-year term.


June Classes

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Adobe Photoshop, bibliographic management, molecular biology and genetics, and library orientations. For more information, visit the online course descriptions.