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Library’s fall exhibits now on display

A number of new fall exhibits are on display at Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State College of Medicine.

Phineas Gage

One of the most famous (or infamous) cases in neurological medicine is that of Phineas Gage. In September 1848 in Cavendish, Vt., Phineas Gage, a 25-year-old railroad foreman, was excavating rock. In preparation for blasting, he was tamping gunpowder into a drill hole when an explosion drove the tamping iron (approximately four feet long, two and a half inches in diameter, and around 13 lbs.) through his left cheek and out of the top of his skull with such force that it threw him on his back (and into the annals of medical history). On display in three cases in the library are books about Gage and the effects that the tamping iron had on his life, and what that meant for understanding how a brain injury can affect cognitive function. Included with the display is a smaller 3D-printed replica of Gage’s skull and a copy of Dr. Henry J. Bigelow’s article, Dr. Harlow’s Case of Recovery from the Passage of an Iron Bar through the Head. American Journal of the Medical Sciences. 20 n.s. (39): 13–22. July 1850.

National Medical Librarians Month

The Medical Library Association named October as National Medical Librarians Month to raise awareness of the important role of the health information professional. Medical librarians have a direct impact on patient care, research and education. In honor of this, a book display and posters throughout the library emphasize the important contributions medical librarians make to medicine and medical education.

Open Access Week (Oct. 21 to 25, 2019)

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its 10th year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of open access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research.

The theme of 2019 International Open Access Week is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge.” The library will have books on display on the subject of open access publishing, copyright and fair use.

Upcoming: Physician Assistants – Collaboration and Care

Harrell Library will be hosting the National Library of Medicine history of medicine traveling banner exhibit “Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care” from Nov. 4 to Dec. 13, 2019. This exhibit focuses on the development of the physician assistant profession and explores how the profession has developed over time. The exhibit will be complemented by a lecture on the history of the physician assistant profession by Dr. Eugene Jones, Professor Emeritus, UT Southwestern School of Health Professions, taking place 4 p.m. Nov. 14, 2019. A reception with refreshments will follow.

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