Spring 2004 Vol. XIX, No. 2

In this issue:

The Director's Report

PDAs for the Class of 2006

We're on the Move! Services during the Renovation.

New Links on the
Library Homepage

Pubmed Update

A UCHC Library Weblog

Web Watcher: Science-
Technology-Medicine Gateways

Library Classes: You Ask, We Deliver!

FDA launches Drugs@FDA

New Books in the Library

Pictures from the Library

Update Archives


Editor: Robert M. Joven, MLS Information & Education Services Ext. 8493 E-mail - joven@uchc.edu




New Books from the UCHC Collection
by Helen Madden, MLS
Catalog Librarian

THE CIRCUIT: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child. Francisco Jimenez, author. Boston: Houghton MIfflin Company, 1999.
Shelved in the Leisure Collection: NF Jim.

UCHC's 2004 commencement speaker, Dr. Francisco Jimenez, is the author of this fictionalized autobiographical account of the life of a family of Mexican-American migrant farm workers. Told with realism and drama, their odyssey is related through the eyes of a young boy, as his family lives an itinerant life, moving constantly from one picking field to another in California.
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THE DOCTOR'S PLAGUE: Germs, Childbed fever, and the Strange story of Ignac Semmelweis. Sherwin B. Nuland, author. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003. WQ 11.1 N855 2003

The riveting story of the life work and downfall of a nineteenth-century Hungarian obstetrician who suggested that doctors themselves spread childbed fever from patient to patient by neglecting to wash their hands before examing new patients. As this theory ran counter to existing professional practices, he was ridiculed by the medical establishment, and it would decades more before Pasteur, Lister, and Koch would determine conclusively the germ theory of disease.

CANCER, CULTURE, AND COMMUNICATION. Rhonda J. Moore and David Spiegel, editors. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2004. QZ 200 C216d 2004

Communicating effectively with patients and their families is known to be linked to patient satisfaction, reduced psychological morbidity, enhanced health, and reduced clinician burn-out. These topics, as well as oncology care, quality of life issues, supportive survivorship, and cultural differences in health care, are discussed. Intended for physicians, nurses, students, and hospice/palliative/public health professionals, this book offers ways of improving communication between cancer patient and clinicians.

BLOOD EVIDENCE. Henry C. Lee, Frank Tirnady, authors. Cambridge, MA : Perseus Publishing, 2003. W 750 L476b 2003.

How do prosecutors build a case on a single drop of blood? How reliable is DNA in providing burden of proof? What happens when eyewitnesses and DNA evidence point to different suspects? Connecticut's own Dr. Henry Lee and Frank Tirnady address these and other questions as they take us behind the scenes of criminal investigations and into the sleuthing world of forensic detection. Written for laymen, it explores the complexities of DNA testing and the effect it has had on judicial systems.

HOW THE COWS TURNED MAD. Maxime Schwartz, author. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2003. WL 300 R391 2003

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, words formerly unknown to the public, are now common in daily media reports. The spread of Mad Cow Disease from Europe to North America poses a threat as an infectious disease which is transmitted from cattle to humans. Should we be afraid ? Can we eat beef or drink milk? Is there a vaccine? This book sorts through the truths and untruths, in a narrative style which is a mixture of a gothic novel and modern day detective story.


CARING FOR PATIENTS FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES. 3rd ed. Geri-Ann Galanti, author. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. WA 300 E86 2004.

Cross-cultural misunderstandings, occurring between patients and health care providers, can result in inadequate medical care. The goal of this book is to have nurses and physicians achieve cultural sensitivity and competence through a 3 step process: First is an awareness of one's own culture and biases. Second is an understanding of other cultures, values, and beliefs. Finally comes the application of that knowledge in a health care setting.



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