Photography Exhibit at Matthews-Fuller Library

The Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce the beginning of a new art exhibit. Featured will be the photography of Spencer James (Geisel ’16.) His work will be on display until mid-January 2015. Stop by and have a look!


Spencer JamesMy name is Spencer James and I’m a third year medical student here at Geisel. I was born in Juneau, Alaska, and grew up in the small town of Port Angeles in the northwest corner of Washington. My love for photography was first sparked by my experiences traveling as an undergraduate at the University of Washington. At that time, photography for me was a means to document and share my experiences traveling and adventuring with my friends and family back home. While this is still at the core of many of my photos, I have grown to appreciate how photography also allows me to become more mindful and appreciative of my surroundings. It may sound paradoxical, but I find that looking through the aperture of a camera helps me tune into subtle patterns, colors, changes in light, shadows, and people and their expressions. More recently, I have started to explore the role of photography in humanitarian and global health work, which is one of my professional aspirations as a medical student. Prior to starting medical school, I also completed a masters thesis on statistical techniques applied to medical diagnoses. As a photographer, medical student, and researcher, I have frequently considered how these different worlds can each play a meaningful role in advancing human health.

Much of my inspiration in photography comes from those journalists and photographers who focus their work on humanitarian and environmental issues. It has been an incredible experience at Dartmouth to meet Steve McCurry and James Nachtwey and see their work firsthand since they have photographed some of the most pivotal and pressing wars, disasters, social, and humanitarian issues of the 20th-21st centuries. Reading about the work of W Eugene Smith on Minamata disease has similarly inspired me by showing how photography can play a powerful role in bringing awareness and action to medical and humanitarian crises. While I will continue to love photography just for the sake of photography, I hope that one day my passion for taking photos can also help to positively impact the people and populations that I will be serving as a future doctor.


Spencer James PhotoMy photography exhibit here is focused on exploring the Pacific Northwest. Similar to the Upper Valley, it is a beautiful area of the world that inspires adventure and rewards exploration. Often when I say I am from Seattle, people ask me about Starbucks, the rainy weather, Kurt Cobain, or more recently Twilight. My Pacific Northwest, though, has always been more defined by the rugged, inhospitable beauty of the towering coastal rainforests, glaciated peaks, and incredible wildlife. Growing up on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, I felt very lucky to have rivers, mountains, and oceans in my backyard, and these areas ultimately became my playground for exploration, adventure, and photography. I love sharing these areas with others, so for this exhibit, I chose a collection of photos from the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Alaska that I made over the past few years. The exhibit includes places such as Mount Olympus and Mount Rainier, dolphins in the Pacific Ocean, the Pika Glacier in the Alaska Range, and century-old mortuary poles in a deserted Haida village in Haida Gwaii (previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands). As a nod to the environmental challenges that also define much of Pacific Northwest history, I also include photographs of a freighter loaded with recently-logged timber in a winter snowstorm and a tugboat dragging freight through the Inside Passage. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of the photos or the Pacific Northwest, and I hope that you will enjoy what I have shared here.

Spencer James
October 2014

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New Books in the Biomedical Libraries: October 2014

An Introduction to Health Services Research
Matthews-Fuller Library
RA440.85 .I58 2014

Health Services Research

Emery and Rimoin’s Essential Medical Genetics
Matthews-Fuller Library
RB155 .E53 2013

Medical Genetics

Essentials of Plastic Surgery
Matthews-Fuller Library
RD119 .E874 2014
Plastic Surgery

How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine
Matthews-Fuller Library
R118.6 .G74 2014

How to read a paper

Brain Structure and its Origins: In Development and in Evolution of Behavior and the Mind
Dana Library
QP376 .S348 2014

Brain Structure

Loosening the Grip:  A Handbook of Alcohol Information
Dana Library
HV5292 .K53 2015
Loosening the Grip

Principles of Neural Science
Dana Library
QP355.2 .P76 2013
Neural Science

Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Dana Library
QR46 .L48 2014
Medical Microbiology

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Update: The Journal of Visualized Experiments

Journal of Visualized ExperimentsAccess to JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, will end on October 31, 2014.  We regret that this cancellation is necessary due to budget constraints.

JoVE videos two years and older are available for free access at PubMed Central – see  Occasionally newer videos are available if the authors have paid for Open Access.

Questions or comments may be directed to Peggy Sleeth, Associate Director/Information Resources,

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Clinical Key Interface Update

Clinical Key UpdateAs previously announced, MD Consult has been replaced by Clinical Key.  Clinical Key has all the books and journals formerly in MD Consult, and much more, including over 1,000 books, over 20,000 videos, 2.5 million medical images, 600 journals, and a point-of-care resource called First Consult.

Clinical Key has released a new interface to make searching and browsing easier.

  • The search box on the opening page allows you to designate the type of resource to search: all, books, journals, First Consult, patient education.
  • The table of contents of individual books are presented more clearly with links to the chapters more apparent.
  • There are new “topic pages” with quick information on 1,400+ diseases.
  • Viewing the pdf of a book chapter still requires a personal account, one that you can create for yourself for free by clicking on “login” at the top righ of any screen.  Note that if you already have a login for Elsevier’s ScienceDirect journals you will already be registered and can use that same username and password.

Subscription to Clinical Key was made possible by the Geisel School of Medicine, the Department of Medicine, the Department of Surgery, the Department of Anesthesiology, the Patient Safety Training Center, and contributions from the Departments of Urology and Pediatrics.

Questions?  Contact, stop by, or call 603-650-7660.

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New Books in the Biomedical Libraries – September 2014

Biostatistics: A Foundation for Analysis in the Health Sciences
Dana Library
RA409 .D35 2013

Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics is Fueling our Modern Plagues
Dana Library
RM267 .B57 2014

Madness and Memory: The Discovery of Prions–A New Biological Principle of Disease
Dana Library
R690 .P78 2014
Madness and Memory

The Absolute, Ultimate Guide to Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry. Study Guide and Solutions Manual.
Dana Library
QP518.5 .O84 2013
Principles of Biochemistry

The Official Guide to Medical School Admissions: How to Prepare for and Apply to Medical School
Matthews-Fuller Library
R745 .A8 2015-2016
Medical School Admissions

Dyspnea: Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management
Matthews-Fuller Library
RC776.D9 D97 2014

Transfusion Medicine and Hemostasis: Clinical and Laboratory Aspects
Matthews-Fuller Library
RM171 .T683 2013
Transfusion Medicine

Implementation Guide to the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Interprofessional National Standards
Matthews-Fuller Library
RT87.T72 G35 2013
Safe Patient Handling

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Holiday Hours: Labor Day 2014

labor-dayHoliday Hours: Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014

Dana Biomedical Library @ 37 Dewey Field Road:

General Public: CLOSED
Medical and Graduate Students with Dartmouth ID: 24 Hour Access
Others with Dartmouth ID: CLOSED

Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library @ DHMC:

General Public: CLOSED
Authorized Individuals with ID: 24 Hour Access

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New Books in the Biomedical Libraries – August 2014

Understanding and Conducting Research in the Health Sciences
Matthews-Fuller Library
R850 .C86 2013
understanding and conducting research in the health sciences

Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics
Matthews-Fuller Library
RD731 .C36 2013 v.1 – 4
cambell's operative orthopaedics

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community
Matthews-Fuller Library
HQ77.9 .T714 2014
trans-bodies, trans selves

Simulation Simplified: A Practical Handbook for Nurse Educators
Matthews-Fuller Library
RT71 .G57 2013
simulation simplified

Stern’s Introductory Plant Biology
Dana Library
QK47 .S836 2013

Machine Learning in Medicine: Cookbook
Dana Library
Q325.5 .C54 2014

Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine
Dana Library
R858 .M397 2014

Medicine in Denial
Dana Library
RA395.A3 W44 2011
medicine in denial

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MD Consult now Clinical Key

MD Consult has been transitioned to a new product, Clinical Keyas of July 2014.  Elsevier no longer offers MD Consult.


 Clinical Key has all the books and journals formerly in MD Consult, and much more, including over 1,000 books, over 20,000 videos, 2.5 million medical images, 600 journals, and a point-of-care resource called First Consult.

Subscription to this enhanced database was made possible by the Geisel School of Medicine, the Department of Medicine, the Department of Surgery, the Department of Anesthesiology, the Patient Safety Training Center, and contributions from the Departments of Urology and Pediatrics.

Some navigation tips:

  • When browsing the contents of a particular book or journal, scroll down in the middle frame to see the chapters or articles.  Highlight one by clicking in the description (or by hovering and then clicking on the arrow that appears pointing right) and the contents of that chapter or articles will show in the right frame.  You can then click on a topic in the right frame to go directly to it.
  • Click on the title of a chapter or article to go to it. (Click on the words, not the pdf icon.)
  • At the chapter or article level, the contents jump over to the left frame, and additional navigation aids are in the right frame.
  • There is a search box at the top center of the page – the default is to search all content in Clinical Key, but you can also change it to search just the book you are looking at.
  • To browse books, click on “Books” in the top bar.  Similarly, you can browse other types of content by clicking on it in the top bar.
  • If you had personal bookmarks for MD Consult you will need to update them.

Tips for printing:

  • If you click on a pdf icon, you’ll get a notice that you must log in.  That means that you must create a personal login – one you can create one for yourself for free by clicking on “login” at the top right of any screen.  Note that if you already have a login for Elsevier’s ScienceDirect journals you will already be registered and can use that same username and password.
  • There is another way to print, without logging in. While looking at the content of a chapter, click on the little printer icon at the top of the center frame.  A new window with the content, stripped of extraneous material, will open, plus your browser’s print window.  Your browser’s print window may offer an option to “print” to pdf, if you would like to save the content in this format.

More help can be found here:

If you have questions, contact the Biomedical Libraries Reference staff – 650–7660 or

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The Artwork of Ben Blais: New Exhibit at the Matthews-Fuller Library

artwork metastasisMetastasis by Ben Blais

Cancer. Hearing the word alone can produce powerful emotional responses. The disease starts infinitesimally small, but knowledge of its presence is capable of inspiring hope, despair, fear, triumph… a power which has always fascinated me. This series is a commentary on how cancer arises from the modest origins of the genetics/proteins of only one cell, and how this cell loses its identity to become an enemy to the host.

Cancer is a disease in which the cells of the body turn against their host. Every normal cell in the body has functions it performs for the good of the whole system, as well as rules it follows to keep it functioning healthily, which are written into the DNA code. Each cell faithfully follows this code its whole life, like a code of conduct to which it has sworn. Every attempt is made to protect this code, but it is at always at risk of being damaged, altered, or even faulty from the start. If this occurs, it begins at an unfathomably small scale: in a
single, tiny cell, on average about one third the width of a human hair. This faithful cell continues to do what the broken code tells it to do and, in the process, becomes something else, committing acts of aggression and treason. It is greedy, intrusive, and forgets what it means to share. A newborn conquerer, its focus shifts to multiplication of its forces and invasion. These cells can’t be our own.

Following its Jekyll to Hyde transformation, an effort is made at containment. Natural barriers exist in the body to compartmentalize systems, with the hope that they will not be breached. Invasion beyond the contained space is known as “Metastasis”, and beyond the walls, there are roads to which the entire body may be accessed. This is territory that is our own, and these are unwelcome visitors. We don’t recognize these hands, forcing this Petri-dish-cell on us as a new responsibility.

In these images, the shape of the subject’s hands is meant to represent an organ, held over the site of cancer within the body. The human subject is presumed to be hidden behind the sterile background. The only indication of identity given is in the gesture and likeness of the hands. The cell represented on the culture dish in each drawing is recreated from research photographs taken in a cancer research lab at Vanderbilt University, with each color used representing a different cell component related to a cancer that our team at the time was investigating.

As has almost every person who sees these drawings, I have lost a friend to cancer. It happened a long time ago, in my childhood, but these drawings were an opportunity to revisit some of the feelings one may go through when their lives are affected by something so powerful. I have included his name, LANCE, on one of the plates, as I have also included important cancer researchers names on the others.

In honor of the fact that everyone has been touched in some way by this disease, an arm in each drawing has a single “mole”, a physical reminder that nearly everyone carries on their body of the potential of chaos. With every person who is forced to endure this chaos, our knowledge grows, our treatments improve, and support networks evolve. People have an incredible ability to adapt to and endure things they should never have to experience. I am hopeful the word “cancer” won’t always hold so much power.

Ben Blais – Artist Bio

I am a fourth year medical student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. I grew up in the Lakes region of New Hampshire, and spent the more recent part of my life in the small town of Eliot, Maine. In 2010, I graduated from Vanderbilt University with a combined degree in Studio Art and Cell and Molecular Biology, and have often found myself combining these two interests.

I’ve always been fascinated by realism and trompe l’oeil styles, with my preferred media being colored pencil and graphite. My art career has so far included a solo exhibition at Berwick Academy in Maine, and two combined exhibitions, one at AVA Art Gallery in Lebanon, NH, and another at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. I have also done a number of private commission works.

A few of my greatest influences include M.C. Escher, since I have a similarly mathematical approach to the technical aspects of drawing, and a fascination with surprising the viewer with new perspectives, Anthony Waichulis, for his process and mastery of realism, and Norman Rockwell, for his ability to recreate people’s expressions and familiar moments in a way that has always made me smile. Of course, I cannot ignore the fact that medical school has given me a strong appreciation for Dr. Frank Netter as well.

I am interested in pursuing a career in pediatrics or combined medicine and pediatrics, and I am looking forward to continuing to draw.

Thank you for enjoying my work!

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New Books in the Biomedical Libraries – July 2014

First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2014: A Student-To-Student Guide
Dana Library 
R834.5 .F45 2014

Essentials of Stem Cell Biology
Dana Library 
QH588.S83 E87 2014

Rural Public Health: Best Practices and Preventive Models
Dana Library
RA771.5 .R87 2014

Biochemical Pathways: An Atlas of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dana Library
QP171 .B685 2012

The Vein Book
Matthews-Fuller Library
RC695 .V438 2014

Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice
Matthews-Fuller Library
RM262 .P475 2013

No More Allergies
Matthews-Fuller Library
RC584 .N844 2014

50 Studies Every Doctor Should Know
Matthews-Fuller Library
R853.C55 A155 2014


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