New Exhibit at Dana! Alzheimer’s Disease: Walking the Path of Science, Medicine, and Care-giving

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Dana Medical Library has a new exhibit up in its Main Hallway tackling the topic of Alzheimer’s Disease. This exhibit looks at what it is, why it occurs, and why it is considered a public health issue. Even now, researchers do not know everything about this disease though they understand that there is a correlation between the build-up of protein in and around brain cells and the disruption of transmission between cells. Memory loss is the direct effect of this disruption. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia (a general term for the decline in mental faculties) and is the slow decline of cognitive abilities affecting memory, thinking and behavior, mostly in older individuals.

The exhibit also looks at the research, initiatives, fundraising, and stories that have come to the forefront to combat and to reconcile this life-changing disease. From The Healthy Brain Initiative to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s to The Longest Day fundraiser, people have recognized the need to shine a light on not just the on-going search for a cure,  but the caregivers and family members who do the daily work of caring for their loved ones and family members. See the Alzheimer’s Association website for more information.

This exhibit concludes with a powerful story told in an emerging book genre: Graphic Medicine. Dana Walrath’s book, Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass, tells the story about caring for her mother, Alice Mashoian Walrath. The story is a circuitous, fluid journey between the present and the past, following the meanderings of Alice’s Alzheimer’s, from seeing her late husband up in a tree outside her daughter’s Vermont farmhouse to trips back to World War II and food rationing. Dana puts her anthropological expertise to work to help deal with her mom’s memory loss, time traveling, emotions, and sense of security. Dana’s voice in her writing is one of deep respect for her mother, and shows a strong desire to keep her mother’s dignity intact.

The exhibit will be on display through mid-June (June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month) in Dana Medical Library’s main hallway. Stop by and take a look!

Questions about the exhibit? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Summer Reading Program Highlights Must-Read Books on Medicine and Science

This summer and through September, the library has transformed its display cases into a Summer Reading Program for popular reading in Medicine and Science. We present books at the intersection of literature, humanities, medicine and science. This display, Medicine, Science and Literature: Reading for the Summer Months, examines a special book collection that strays away from the clinical. These literary works – fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, poetry, essays –  can inspire and encourage health care professionals, and the greater public, to take a deeper look into life and to explore topics that are both age old and cutting edge.

Read a book and write a review about it, or tell us your thoughts in a quick survey about the summer reading exhibit. Participants are entered into a drawing for popular reading books! Here is how it works:

  • Peruse the current fiction and non-fiction that are on the table in Dana’s Main Hall and check out a book.
  • Write a short review or fill out a survey to be entered in the drawing.
  • Slip your review or survey into the box in Dana’s Main Hall the next time you are in the library. You will automatically be entered into a drawing for: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Into the Magic Shop by James Doty, or Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

Don’t Worry! There is still plenty of time to read one of these best-selling books. The Program will be up until the end of September. The drawing will occur on October 3rd.

Here are the most popular titles: Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes; Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren; The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee; Into the Magic Shop, by James Doty; and The Gilded Razor, by Sam Lansky

Take a little break from your work and pick up a book today! Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Thinking Locally, Acting Globally: Global Health exhibit features UVM

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Health Assessment, Manikganj, Bangladesh

Hundreds of library patrons had an opportunity to learn about global health activities at UVM over the Spring semester. Kate Bright and librarian colleagues at the Dana Medical Library mounted an exhibit focused on global health initiatives with the enthusiastic help of faculty and students throughout the University.

Each of the four panels of the exhibit case highlighted a different global health project, and all panels rotated their displays midway through the semester. The College of Medicine Ebola mission to Liberia and the School of Nursing public health nursing programs in Uganda and Bangladesh opened the exhibit in January. These projects were closely followed by exhibit panels featuring global health research in Anthropology, Women’s Healthcare in Uganda and Tanzania, and Physical Therapy Down Under.

In addition, the exhibit provided the Library with a wonderful opportunity to display many of its new books on global health as well as to remind patrons of the availability of the Global Health database in its collection. The closing of the Library exhibit coincided quite nicely with a celebration of World Health Day on April 7, 2016.

Please check Dana’s website for the January to March segment of Thinking Locally, Acting Globally: Global Health at UVM. Questions? Please contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

New NLM Exhibit on the History of Drugs and Addiction at Dana

Crack is Wack playground mural, Keith Haring, 1986. Courtesy Keith Haring Foundation and Jonathan Kuhn/New York City Parks & Recreation

In May and June, The Dana Medical Library will host the National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibition Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions.

Mind-altering drugs have been used throughout the history of America. While some remain socially acceptable, others are outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics. These classifications have shifted at different times in history, and will continue to change. The transformation of a particular drug, from an acceptable indulgence to a bad habit, or vice versa, is closely tied to the intentions of those endorsing its use, and their status in society. This exhibition explores some of the factors that have shaped the changing definition of some of our most potent drugs, from medical miracle to social menace.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health. For more information, contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Dana Medical Library Exhibit highlights Summer Reading Books in Medicine and Science

On The Move

As summer draws to a close, don’t forget about these engaging medicine and science-based books. Though Dana Medical Library’s summer reading display will be coming down in less than a week, many of these books will still be available in the main hall. For the month of September, you will find them, along with our summer reading list, on the cart around the corner from the display. And even when the cart disappears, remember that the books do not! They are still available to be checked out either at Dana or Bailey-Howe. Just simply refer to the list for suggestions.

Brain on Fire

Here are some highlights: Oliver Sacks’ newest book, On the Move, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire, and Abraham Verghese’ Cutting for Stone.

For adCutting for Stoneditional book suggestions, see our complete list of Summer Reading.

To request a book, contact Circulation at 656-2200, or, for more information on the exhibit, contact Reference & Education Librarian, Nancy Bianchi, at 656-4371.

The Bell Jar

Exhibits Explore Generations in Medicine

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John Hazen Dodds, UVM College of Medicine Class of 1898

The Dana Medical Library is currently displaying two exhibits that honor multi-generation physician families in Vermont and Virginia. “Multi-Generation Vermont Physician Families: Graduates of the UVM College of Medicine” highlights the Bove, Irwin, Terrien, and Upton families and is on view until April. The Library would like to thank the College of Medicine Public Relations Office for their assistance in creating this exhibit.

“The Henkel Physicians: A Family’s Life in Letters,” is a traveling exhibition developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine. It is on view in the Library until March 5, 2014. The exhibit offers a glimpse into the daily lives of men of medicine in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley during the 19th Century.  Several generations of fathers and sons studied medicine after the Henkel family settled in New Market, Virginia in 1790. More information regarding this traveling exhibit is available here.

Please visit the Library to view these exhibits honoring Vermont and Virginia multi-generation physician families.

Susan Bishop

Cholera History and UVM Research Presented in Dana Library Exhibit

Cholera Exhibit PHOTOCholera epidemics have scourged human kind for centuries of recorded history. “Cholera: Man versus Microbe,” an exhibit currently on display in the Dana Library, presents the history, the science, and the hope for eradication of this disease.

The exhibit opens with bleak images depicting the emergence of cholera in 19th century Europe. A chronology of the discovery of the causative agent, vibrio cholera, follows with the contributions of the major researchers including Pacini, Snow, and Koch described. A diagram shows how the cholera bacterium and its deadly toxin affect its human hosts, and the panel notes the proven public health, rehydration, and vaccine therapies that reduce mortality when applied. The exhibit closes with images of cholera in the 21st century, and the contributions a group of UVM researchers are making to combat this devastating disease.

Bibliographies of historical and contemporary articles about cholera supplement the exhibit, as do relevant materials from the Dana Library collection. Of particular interest are reprints of original articles by John Snow.

The exhibit coincides with the 2013 UVM First Year required reading, the Ghost Map: the story of London’s most terrifying epidemic–and how it changed science, cities, and the modern world by Steven Johnson. The epidemic described is cholera; the impact is the advancement of urban public health.

Library Associate Professor Frances Delwiche, MLIS of Dana Library is the exhibit curator. She was assisted by members of the University’s Vaccine Testing Center’s Cholera Vaccine Study team

: Caroline Lyon, MD, MPH, PI; Elisabeth Lucas, Study Coordinator; Sarah Petri, Research Technician; Beth Kirkpatrick, Director, Vaccine Testing Center.

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Marianne Burke, Director of Dana Medical Library (left) and Beth Kirkpatrick, Director, Vaccine Testing Center (right) discuss the exhibit

A reception to highlight the exhibit and UVM cholera research was held on October 24th. Many members of the Cholera Vaccine Study Team were in attendance, as were Provost David Rosowsky and Robert F. Cioffi, Chair of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees. Provost Rosowsky has recently posted two articles inspired by “The Ghost Map,” UVM’s first-year required book, on his blog at

Also present was Mitchell Snowe, a participant in the ongoing UVM Cholera Vaccine study. Participants ingested the live cholera bacterium and were patients for 8-9 days  in the hospital. Mitch blogged about his experiences here: For more information about the UVM Cholera Vaccine Study, see a recent article, entitled “UVM Center Demonstrates Global Health Commitment with Launch of Oral Cholera Vaccine Study.”

The exhibit will continue through December 20.

Laura Haines, MLS

Upcoming Exhibit: Super Foods of Summer in Vermont

SummerFoodsAn exhibit illustrating the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables will be on display at the Dana Medical Library this summer from June – August. The exhibit “Super Foods of Summer in Vermont” will focus on the health benefits of fruits are vegetables cultivated in Vermont. Results of research studies on the topic will also be included.

Visit the Library to see the exhibit and the print resources available for you to check out.