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News From the Libraries: November 2023

Faculty and students lining up for the flu vaccine
Inoculations by the Thousands - There may have been some apprehension at getting a shot in the arm but nearly 5,000 faculty, staff, students, families and friends turned out to be immunized against swine flu. - UT Health News, October 1976

November 2023 New eBooks

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We have 12 new eBooks for you this month! Titles feature:

  • Atlas of Head and Neck Pathology, 4th edition
  • Essentials of Nutrition in medicine and Healthcare: A Practical Guide
  • Making Hands: The Design and Use of Upper Extremity Prosthetics

Check out all the new titles!

History of Medicine Lecture

Join us for the fall History of Medicine Lecture, Ethics and the Deceased: History of Body Use in Anatomy Education and Current Commercialization in the United States, presented by Dr. Laura Johnson, Ph.D.  
Date: Thursday, November 16th
Time: 6:00 PM CST
Location: Zoom –
About the Lecture
Currently, whole-body donation for education and research in the United States includes legal commercialization of the deceased. This lecture will cover how that came to be, covering the history of anatomical body use from ancient Alexandria to present-day. Historical practices, such as use of executed criminals and grave robbed corpses up to the shift to present day donors will be covered. Accompanying legal and ethical concerns will highlight the challenges faced with working with the deceased.
About the Speaker
Dr. Johnson is Associate Professor in Cell Systems and Anatomy, Long School of Medicine. She is an enthusiastic teacher of anatomy to students in the healthcare professions. Her research program investigates the best practices to support the operations of whole-body donation programs. Whole-body donors are critical to the educational mission of those in the healthcare professions. As culture and technology change over time, work must be pursued to ensure treatment is ethical and dignified. This includes factoring in the perspectives of multiple stakeholders, including donors, their loved ones, anatomists, students, researchers, educators, and the community at large. Currently, her work focuses on consent and consensus of donors gifting their body to academic programs.

Sage Research Methods Video

Want to supercharge your learning, or just prefer video content? SAGE Research Methods Video has you covered!

This resource contains nearly 130 hours of video including:

  • Tutorials
  • Case studies
  • Expert interviews, and more

Content covers the entire research methods and statistics curriculum and gives users the ability to watch concepts in action and listen to experts explain. Content can also be used as pre-class or in-class discussions for student learning.

Content is available on desktop or mobile, so you can take SAGE with you wherever you go.

Access SAGE Research Methods through the Briscoe Library.

New App! Access Mobile

From the makers of AccessMedicine and AccessSurgery comes a brand new mobile app that gives you your favorite content on the go: the Access app. This new app will be replacing the AccessMedicine app in late 2023.

Access is a personalized, interactive learning app, designed to make studying easier and more efficient. Trusted health care content is offered in a variety of formats:

  • Video
  • Podcasts
  • Images
  • Infographics
  • Textbooks
  • Cases
  • Q&A

The app also allows for offline downloading of content and some limited content sharing.

To use the app download it at the Android or Apple stores. Once installed you'll need to create an account and then authenticate your profile by signing in either on campus or while connected to the VPN. You will also have to reauthenticate every 90 days.

Burking and Anatomy Education

During the early 1800s a boom was taking place in the study of the human body, anatomy in particular, and the medical profession found the best way to learn was from the source itself. This gave rise to a supply issue as demand for human cadavers for anatomical study and dissection demonstrations went through the roof. With no concept of body donation yet established, this led to an entire underground industry of shady business to supply cadavers.

One option for the entrepreneur was selling the freshly dead to a medical school. Graverobbing was another method of achieving this, to the point where some bodies would be buried with a mortsafe, an iron cage surrounding a coffin to stop it being disturbed. Graveyard guards, public protest, and focus on stopping these activities made graverobbing increasingly dangerous and led a few to take a more direct approach. Enter William Burke and William Hare.

Based in Edinburgh, Scotland the two began working together. After a poor resident of Hare's boarding house died they agreed to sell the body to a local anatomy lecturer, Dr. Knox, earning a tidy sum. After trying their hand at graverobbing they escalated their crimes, luring destitute individuals off the street to the boarding house. After plying them with alcohol they'd smother their victim and sell the body to the nearby medical school. They claimed at least 16 lives before they were caught. 

The term "Burking" entered the lexicon after this case. Named for William Burke, who was executed for the crime, the term is still in use in the forensics field today. The murders led to the passing of the Anatomy Act 1832, which gave teachers of anatomy more avenues to legally obtain cadavers for scientific study.

Interested in this topic and want to learn more? Join us for our History of Medicine fall lecture Ethics and the Deceased: History of Body Use in Anatomy Education and Current Commercialization in the United States, given by Dr. Laura Johnson. Register for the event:

Handful of Stories Art Reception

The Handful of Stories art reception was held in the Briscoe Library on October 26th. The event featured a display of artwork by Occupational Therapy students, an interactive tracing board, poster presentation, and video presentations created by the students themselves.

If you haven't seen the exhibit yet drop by the Briscoe Library. The art will remain up in the lobby through the end of the month.

Featured eBook of the Month

A Student's Guide to Placements in Health and Social Care Settings: From Theory to Practice

Simon Williams, Diana Conroy

Supporting students on placements in health and social care settings, this accessible guide provides a framework for understanding the theory behind successful practice as well as the critical skills needed to apply it. A Student's Guide to Placements in Health and Social Care Settings takes theory beyond the classroom and apply it to real settings, enabling students to recognize their own learning journey and develop their own distinct professional identity within a wider interprofessional context.

This is a key resource for placement experience with insights from experts and advice direct from students who have already been on placement. With clear guidelines, and structured so that you can dip into different chapters as needed, it responds to the unique nature of placement opportunities and is the first line resource students should turn to. Whatever course you’re studying in the caring profession - Social Work, Health and Social Care, Youth Work, Nursing or Counseling – this is essential reading to help understand how theory can support and improve your placement experience, ensuring you get the very most out of it.

Check out the book through ProQuest Ebook Central

Did you know the library has ebooks? Browse our collections that cover everything from the health sciences to literature.