Archive for February, 2012

1888 = 2012

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012


If you are looking for a calendar for 2012, consider downloading and printing one from 1888!  A wallet- or baseball-card-sized double-sided advertisement would do just the trick.  A variety of image sizes are available through the Patent Medicine Trade Cards database at UCLA Library Digital Collections, and may be used to generate wallet-sized, desk-mounted, or wall-hanging calendar prints.  The Patent Medicine Trade Cards collection is especially strong in images of pain & suffering, as well as images of pain relief.  These cards comprise part of our John C. Liebeskind History of Pain Collection.

Unfortunately, the advertisement’s lovely mother-and-cooing-baby tableaux was not necessarily entirely accurate.  Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, which was used to quiet teething infants, contained one grain (65 mg) of morphine per fluid ounce (see: Before Prohibition, a pictorial history by the State University of New York at  Buffalo’s Addiction Research Unit).  The Journal of the American Medical Association minced no words in its reports about the product: “Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, as every physician knows, is one of the morphin-containing [sic] ‘baby-killers.’ Before the federal Food and Drugs Act [i.e., the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906] went into effect, no hint of the presence of this dangerous drug was given the purchaser. Since, however, the alcohol and morphin content has, perforce, been declared on the label.” (Journal of the American Medical Association, May 18, 1912).

The American Medical Association vigorously pursued what it called the patent medicine industry’s “nostrum evil and quackery.” Morphine was removed from Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup and the reformulated product was advertised as a laxative, instead of a painkiller (and remedy for diarrhea), before it disappeared altogether.

Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup trade card (1888)

To download:

Online viewer with zooming capability:

Patent Medicine Trade Cards

(UCLA Library Digital Collections)

Russell Johnson
History & Special Collections for the Sciences
UCLA Library Special Collections

Instruction Materials for Endodontics Residents

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Below are links to the materials for the Endodontics Residents library instruction session to be held on February 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. – noon in the Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS).

Important links:

<submitted by Lisa Federer>

Instruction Materials for Society & Genetics 101: Genetic Concepts for Human Services

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Below are links to the materials for the Society & Genetics 101: Genetic Concepts for Human Sciences library instruction session to be held on February 28, 2012 from 2 – 3:15 p.m. in the Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS).

Important links:

<submitted by Lisa Federer>

Biomedical Library Welcomes New Librarian!

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

I’m Meredith Bloom, one of the new Health and Life Sciences Librarians in the Research, Instruction, and Collection Services (RICS) division of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. I graduated with a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from UCLA’s Department of Information Studies in spring 2011. During my graduate studies, I worked on a consumer health project at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region (NN/LM PSR), interned at a hospital library in Burbank, and interned at USC Norris Medical Library. In May, I will complete a Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Sciences Librarianship through the University of Pittsburgh. My interests include consumer health information services, supporting evidence-based practice, and finding new ways to foster effective teaching and learning in the library.

Prior to coming to UCLA I worked as a Pilates instructor and I studied human anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. In my spare time I like to take jazz and hip hop dance classes and walk my dog, Jenny. I am currently 8 months pregnant! Although you won’t see me in the library during spring quarter, I look forward to helping with your reference and instruction needs later this year.

Introducing the Code of Best Practices Now Up on YouTube

Friday, February 24th, 2012

“Introducing the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries” is now posted to UCLA’s YouTube channel

Part 1:

Part 2:

More than 125 people attended this kick-off session on February 3 at the UCLA Library.  Presented by Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law and Brandon Butler, Director of Public Policy Initiatives, Association of Research Libraries, the presentation provides a context and background for the Code and outlines the eight principles each with described with limitations and enhancements.

The code can be accessed at:

<reposted from the UCLA University Librarian’s blog>

PubMed Central versus PubMed

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

The National Library of Medicine has a lot of related resources with similar names, and it’s easy to get them confused. To make matters worse some also look similar, like PubMed and PubMed Central. Others you might hear about but not really see, like MEDLINE (not to be confused with MedlinePlus, NLM’s consumer health website).

So what are they? MEDLINE is a database of citations and abstracts to biomedical literature, chosen by an expert committee and including articles in over 5,000 journals. It’s basically there to tell us what’s out there in the biomedical field, and to help us locate it.


Timely Prescription for Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Some handy advice today comes as a handwritten “receipt” or “medical recipe” to cure love by Thomas Hodgson, Chaplain of Queen’s College, Oxford and Sub-Rector of Bletchington (also known as Bletchingdon).  This note [Biomed Manuscript Collection no. 5.101] was acquired recently from Douglas Stewart, an antiquarian bookseller in Australia.

“Take 3 Ounces of the Powder of Sense; 15 Grains of the Spirits of Reason; 5 Drachms of the Juice of Discretion; mix these with 2 Ounces of the Syrup of Advice; the best you can get; & 3 or 4 Spoonfuls of the cooling Water of Consideration; make this into Pills; take 3 at Night going to Bed; & three in the Morning; continue it as long as you find Occasion.”

A handful of manuscripts with similar titles and tongue-in-cheek purpose appeared in England throughout the latter half of the eighteenth century.  Mr. Hodgson apparently was elected to the Chaplain post in 1755, according to The Letters of Richard Radcliffe and John James of Queen’s College, Oxford, 1755-83.

Pan African Film & Arts Festival: Movie Screenings of Films Dealing with HIV and AIDS

Monday, February 13th, 2012

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival. Three of the movie screenings are bringing to light various aspects of HIV and AIDS. Descriptions of these movies are below. More information can be found at the PAFF web site.

David is Dying West Coast Premiere
(2011/UK/Narrative Feature/90min)
Dir: Stephen Lloyd Jackson
David is HIV positive and knows that he will die. He must live with that. However, he must also resolve the ghosts of the past before he can face his end. A dark, disturbing psychodrama which illustrates the ugly side of love and tragic passion. Q&A
Mon, Feb 13 @ 6:45 p.m.; Wed, Feb 15 @ 1:15 p.m.

Inside Story US Premiere
(2011/South Africa/Narrative Feature/98min)
Dir: Rolie Nikiwe
Dreaming of a professional soccer career, Kalu, a young Kenyan, gets a contract to play soccer in South Africa and begins a promising career and relationship with the coach’s daughter. On the verge of soccer stardom, h learns he is HIV positive. Through stunning computer animation, audiences actually go inside Kalu, witnessing the moment of infection and come face-to-face with HIV. A story of triumph in what could have been despair. Starts Hakim Kae-Kazim. Q&A
Tue, Feb 14 @ 5:50 p.m.; Mon, Feb 20 @ 12:35 p.m. 

The Origin of AIDS PAFF Jewel
Dir: Peter Chappell & Catherine Peix
Was AIDS inadvertently created in a laboratory in the Belgian Congo in the late 1950s? Blending archival film and photos with interviews with scientists, specialists and journalists, the filmmakers fearlessly connect the origin of AIDS with the injection of nearly a million Africans with an experimental polio vaccine. A MUST SEE!
Sun, Feb 19 @ 12:10 p.m.

The summaries above are from the Pan African Film & Arts Festival 2012 Screening Schedule.

<submitted by Adele Dobry>

Instruction Materials for LS10H: Research Training in Genes, Genetics, and Genomics

Friday, February 3rd, 2012







Below are links to the materials for the LS10H: Research Training in Genes, Genetics, and Genomics library instruction session to be held on February 3, 2012 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS).

Important links:

<submitted by Lisa Federer>