McGoogan News

From the archives: McGoogan delivers holiday cheer

By John Schleicher

Everyone knows that the stork delivers newborn babies! But for many years in Omaha, that “stork” was Leon S. McGoogan, M.D. (1900-1993), namesake of the McGoogan Library of Medicine at UNMC; whose personalized Nebraska license plates were emblazoned with the word “Stork.”McGoogan tree small 2

By his own estimate, McGoogan delivered 9,000 babies from the time he started practice in Omaha in 1930 until his retirement. During World War II, being one of only five obstetricians in the city, he delivered an average of 50 to 60 babies a month at Immanuel Hospital where his practice was located. He served as chair of UNMC’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1950-55, and again from 1961-62; for nearly sixty years he was an instructor in the department.

While busy delivering babies, teaching medical students, and volunteering for numerous civic organizations, Dr. McGoogan occupied some of his free time by creating beautiful holiday decorations for Immanuel. For Dr. McGoogan’s service to the library of medicine at UNMC, the library was named in his honor in 1978. Two of his beautiful holiday creations are among his papers and other memorabilia in the library’s Special Collections.

Happy holidays to all from the McGoogan Library staff! Dr. McGoogan’s “warm, friendly, traditional” holiday spirit lives on in the facility named for him.

NLM Spotlight: Domestic Violence Resource Page

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By Christian Minter

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a new resource page on domestic violence (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/hsrinfo/domestic_violence.html). This page links to information on intimate partner violence, reproductive and sexual coercion, child abuse and maltreatment, and elder abuse. It provides support and education targeted to researchers, policymakers, health administrators, and healthcare providers.

The resources includes:

  • Data and statistics
  • Search queries for NLM databases
  • News articles
  • Assessment tools
  • Education and training opportunities
  • Legislative updates

This webpage is maintained by NLM’s National Information Center on Health Services Research (NICHSR). The mission of NICHSR is to improve access to health services research data and information, and to contribute to the information infrastructure needed to ensure electronic medical record systems produce useful research data.

Using This Resource in the Classroom

Are you a student or faculty member looking for more information on how to use the domestic violence page and other NICHSR resources for your coursework? Check out this webinar recording: “Back to School: Enhance Your Research with HSR Methods, Tools, and Resources from the National Library of Medicine” (http://www.academyhealth.org/Training/ResourceDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=16911). The webinar provides an overview of some of the databases and resource pages available to help students understand the field of health services research.