Winter 2003 Volume XVIII, No. 1

In this issue:

The Director's Report

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New Full-text Databases available in the library

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PDA News - Users group and wireless synching station

Pubmed Tips - "The Cubby"

Web Watcher - About Evidence Based Medicine

New Books

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Selected New Books in the Library
by Helen Madden, MLS
Catalog Librarian


THE DEMON IN THE FREEZER. Author: Richard Preston. New York: Random House, 2002. WC 585 P585d 2002

Eradicated in 1979, the smallpox virus resides, officially, in only two high-security freezers: one in Atlanta, one in Siberia. But it is widely believed that "the demon in the freezer" has been set loose and that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile countries. This book takes us into the U.S. government's research facility in Fort Detrick, Maryland, the headquarters of the national biodefense program and reports on the controversial experiments being done there with live smallpox in an attempt to create a vaccine.

ANTHRAX. Editor: Theresa M. Koehler. Berlin: Springer, 2002. Shelved in Journal Stacks (Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology, v. 271 (2002).

A survey of the biology of the Bacillus anthracis and the pathogenesis of anthrax disease, this work provides an overview of the history of the disease, it's evolution, ecology and epidemiology. It also includes information on genetics and virulence gene regulation, and on existing vaccines and those in development.

AGING WELL. Author: George E. Vaillant. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. WT 145 V131a 2002

Based on a 50 year study on aging done by Harvard Medical School, and written by the director of the study, this work follows hundreds of people from their teen years to the present in an attempt to understand how and why older people end up happy or not. It explores their life choices, the importance of marriage, the impact of divorce, the role of play, alcohol and drugs, and the ability to make new friends for new life situations.

THE VEGETATIVE STATE. Author: Bryan Jennett. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002. WB 182 J54v 2002

A persistent vegetative state, characterized by a person being awake, but unaware, with no evidence of a working mind, provokes debate and raises questions for health professionals, ethicists, philosophers and lawyers. This work surveys the medical, ethical and legal issues surrounding this topic, including sanctity of life versus best interests of the victim and killing versus letting die.

SEASONAL PATTERNS OF STRESS, IMMUNE FUNCTION AND DISEASE. Author: Randy J. Nelson. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002. QT 167 S439a 2002

As seasons change, animals face environmental stressors. This book identifies the mechanisms by which the immune system is bolstered to counteract seasonally recurrent stressors, such as extreme temperature reductions and food shortages. It considers how such changes create conditions that can compromise host immunity and lead to illness and death.. Stress, infectious diseases, autoimmune disease, and human cancers are examined, and the role of hormones such as melatonin and glucocorticoids is considered.

CELLS, GELS, AND THE ENGINES OF LIFE. Author: Gerald H. Pollack. Seattle: Ebner and Sons, 2001. QH 631 P771c 2001

This book challenges the current wisdom of how cells work. Written for those with minimal background in biology, it suggests that cytoplasma is gel-like rather than an aqueous solution. This contradicts the prevailing theory of cell behavior put forth in standard cell biology textbooks. The end result is a fresh view of how cells function.




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