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.

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

Paddling Toward Health

DH VT Boat Serenity PhotoAn exhibit featuring Dragonheart Vermont is now on display at the Dana Medical Library. Dragonheart Vermont is a breast cancer survivor and supporter organization whose focus is on survivorship, wellness, teamwork, hope and community. The exhibit highlights the organization’s mission, the Dragonheart teams, and the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. Also highlighted is Survivorship NOW, a cancer wellness center established by Dragonheart Vermont in 2011 to meet the need for ongoing help and support for all cancer survivors in our community after their clinical treatment ends. This exhibit will be on view through the end of May 2013.

Voyage to Health POSTERIn addition to the Dragonheart exhibit, the Library is hosting A Voyage to Health, a traveling exhibition developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. A Voyage to Health explores the recent revival of the ancient arts of navigation and voyaging that first brought the people of Hawaii to their island homes. By restoring their heritage, this new generation seeks to heal the Hawaiian people. A Voyage to Health explores this resurgence and its significance for health, well-being, and self-determination. This traveling exhibit will be on display at the Library from January 28 – March 9, 2013. Please visit the exhibit online.

Visit the Library to view both exhibits, and to browse through Dana’s print resources on cancer and wellness.

Vermont Health Services Website To Be Discontinued

The National Library of Medicine will no longer support it’s Go Local projects. Without the support of NLM, the Dana Library has decided to discontinue Vermont Go Local by April 30. The goal of Vermont Go Local was to link health topics from the MedlinePlus consumer health database to Vermont health care providers and facilities. Vermont Go Local began in 2007 as a joint project of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), University of Vermont Dana Medical Library, the FAHC Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center, and the United Ways of Vermont, Vermont 2-1-1.

Since the project’s inception in 2001, NLM monitored and reviewed consumer usage and noticed a gradual decline over the years, probably due to the availability of similar information on the Internet.

We plan to add other resources to our library website that will provide important consumer health information.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause to users of the VT Go Local website.

H1N1 Virus Information


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) offer the following resources on the H1N1 Flu:

The following information is provided by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):

The image above of the newly identified H1N1 influenza virus was taken in the CDC Influenza Laboratory.