McGoogan News

Feedback sought on collection cancellations

By Alison Bobal

The McGoogan Library of Medicine would like your feedback on planned reductions to the library’s collections.

Our reduction target is $325,000, 16% of the library’s overall expenditures on collections. Each year the library faces inflationary costs of our electronic resources (i.e. ebooks, databases and journals), plus a steadily rising cost of print books. These inflationary rates average around 10%, with some databases going as high as 18%. In years past we made some cuts to our collections and relied on endowments to help offset inflation. We are now at a point where our budget and endowments can no longer absorb these inflationary costs. Additionally, a budget reduction of 1.9% for FY16 makes cancellations unavoidable.

In addition to making cuts to the library’s collection, we are also developing long-term strategies that aim to meet the expanding educational curricula and research programs on campus, investigating new ways to acquire and deliver content, and exploring potential new revenue sources.

We’ve done a thorough analysis of our collections expenditures and have identified resources for cancellation. Our analysis included usage stats and content overlap. The resources we’ve identified for cuts cover books, journals, and databases.

Additional information can be found in our frequently asked questions.


Due to the budget pressure, we will be drastically limiting the number of books we purchase. The only books added this year may be new editions of some core titles and individual requested titles. Electronic books typically cost more than print books so to help reduce expenditures, any books we do purchase will be primarily in print.

Ebook titles that are up for cancellation come from two resources: ClinicalKey and Stat!Ref (a full list of these ebooks can be found here). These 1,141 ebook titles constitute about 16% of our ebook collection.


The 1,300 journal title cancellations primarily come from three resources/packages: Sage, ClinicalKey and Health Business Elite. There are also additional titles that are individual subscriptions. All of these titles represent 15% of our current journal collection. A full list of journal cancellations can be found here.


Please send comments and questions to Alison Bobal at by August 31, 2015.

Summer reading … with the library

By Dawn Wilson

The summer isn’t over yet! You can set aside those heavy textbooks, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing of interest for you at the library. These might not be your traditional “beach reads”, but who says you can’t be engrossed in a bookSummer Reading and learn something at the same time?

Your summer reading list at McGoogan might look something like this:

Movies and Mental Illness: Using Films to Understand Psychopathology by Danny Wedding – Explaining mental disorders using films like A Clockwork Orange, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Kill Bill.

1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina by Chris Rose – Essays and articles on the year and a half following Hurricane Katrina.

The Three Christs of Ypsilanti by Milton Rokeach – When three patients suffer the same delusions, their caregivers bring them to the same mental health facility to see what happens when confronted by other men who think they’re Christ.

The Toadstool Millionaires: A social history of patent medicines in America before Federal regulation by James Harvey Young – Hucksters, quacks, and the placebo effect.

Popular Medicines: An Illustrated History by Peter G Homan – Retrospective history of medicines peddled by chemists, illustrated with original full-color ads, tins, and bottles including Bile Beans, Lion Ointment, and Gripe Water.

Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: The Riddles of Culture by Marvin Harris – Answers to some of the more eccentric questions in anthropology and sociology.

The Pit: A Group Encounter Defiled by Gene Church – What started like any other 1970’s business retreat designed to teach bonding and leadership turns dark when the men in charge see how far people will go for a promotion.

Tulipmania: The story of the world’s most coveted flower and the extraordinary passions it aroused by Mike Dash – Economic boom and destruction, caused by a flower.

Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum

Lewis & Clark: Doctors in the Wilderness by Bruce C. Paton, M.D.  – What medicine was available in the early 1800s during a wilderness expedition?

The True History of the Elephant Man by Michael Howel & Peter Ford

Medical Spanish by Gail L. Bongiovanni – Phrases and vocabulary.

Plagues and Peoples by William H. McNeill – Modern and historical diseases from the bubonic plague through Ebola.

Photographic History of Civil War Injuries: Photographs of Surgical Cases and Specimens: Otis Historical Archives by Bradley P. Bengtson, M.D. & Julian E. Kuz, M.D. – After the Civil War, patients were invited to Washington D.C. to have their healed injuries photographed.

Leonardo da Vinci on the Human Body: The Anatomical, Physiological, and Embryological Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci by Charles D. O’Malley and J. B. de C. M. Saunders – Copies of da Vinci’s manuscript pages and drawings are included in this book with translations.



Time to plant a garden … with the library

By Dawn Wilson

IMG_0229The cold, brutal Nebraska winter is over; it’s time to plant and try to keep those New Year’s Resolutions to live healthier.

Health and gardening have long been associated, be it the simple act of getting out into the sun and doing manual labor, or eating homegrown vegetables. Over the last few years, studies have even been conducted into the soil bacteria, mycobacterium vaccae, which may help raise serotonin levels and actually make people happier—just for playing in the dirt!

As a specialty library, instead of run-of-the-mill, “how to plant and when to water” books, we carry these unique titles:

Historical and Folklore Plant Information

Bizarre Plants by William A. Emboden – This book covers giant oddities, carnivorous plants, and even the magical properties associated with plants used in black magic ceremonies.

Folklore & Odysseys of Food & Medicinal Plants by Ernst and Johanna Lehner – Who knew the tomato had its own story? This book collects the histories of common foods in different cultures. For instance, the tomato has a long and glorious history wherein it was marketed in France as an aphrodisiac, but other portions of Europe grew them only ornamentally and never ate them, as they are relatives of nightshade, which is, of course, deadly.

Herbs for the Mediaeval Household: for Cooking, Healing and Divers Uses by Margaret B. Freeman – This is a fun little book put out by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, which includes historical woodcut illustrations dating back to the 1400s, and how herbs were used at that time for cooking, freshening clothing, and healing.

Early American Gardens: “For Meate or Medicine” by Ann Leighton – This book also includes historical illustrations from 1630s and covers topics ranging from Physick to making your garden fashionable by shaping your shrubberies into animals and geometrical designs.

The Folk-Lore of Plants by T. F. Thiselton-Dyer – First published in 1889, this book explores plants known to affect dreams and visions, plants believed to embody lightning, and the use of plants in love-charms.

Poisonous Plants by Robert E. Arnold, M.D. – Whether you’re planting or foraging, this full-color book is indispensable to teach the dangers of certain plants.

Further reading on modern medicinal plants, homeopathy, and alternative medicine

  • CRC Handbook of Medicinal Spices by James A. Duke
  • Handbook of Medicinal Herbs by James A. Duke
  • Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-Care Professionals by Carol A. Newall
  • The History of American Homeopathy: The Academic Years, 1820-1935 by John S. Haller, Jr.
  • Nurse’s Handbook of Alternative and Complementary Therapies

New books now available

  • Berek & Hacker’s gynecologic oncology [edited by] Jonathan S. Berek, MD, MMS, Laurie Kraus Lacob Professor, Director, Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, Stanford Cancer Institute, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, Neville F. Hacker, AM, MD, Professor of Gynaecologic Oncology, Conjoint, University of New South Wales, Director, Gynaecologic Cancer Centre, Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney, Australia; illustrations and design by Deborah Berek. MA, Tim Hengst, CMI, FAMI. WP 145 B487 2015
  • Clinical laboratory hematology Shirlyn B. McKenzie, PhD, MLS(ASCP) CM, SH(ASCP), CM, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, J. Lynne Williams, PhD, MT(ASCP), Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Program, School of Health Sciences, Oakland University, Consulting editor: Kristin Landis-Piwowar, PhD, MLSA(ASCP) CM, Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Program, School of Health Sciences, Oakland University. WH 25 C641 2015
  • Clinical neuroendocrinology volume editors, Eric Fliers, Márta Korbonits, and Johannes A. Romijn. WK 500 C6413 2014
  • Defining excellence in simulation programs edited by Janice C. Palaganas, Juli C. Maxworthy, Chad A. Epps, Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Mancini. WY 105 D3138 2015
  • The foundation directory 2015 compiled by the Foundation Center] ; David G. Jacobs, director; Regina Judith Faighes, coordinator. AS 911 F7711 2015
  • Introduction to radiologic & imaging sciences & patient care [edited by] Arlene M. Adler, Richard R. Carlton. WN 200 I6196 2016
  • Managing cardiovascular complications in diabetes edited by D. John Betteridge, Stephen Nicholls. WK 835 M2666 2014
  • Marks’ essentials of medical biochemistry: a clinical approach Michael Lieberman, PhD, distinguished teaching professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio; Alisa Peet, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director, Medicine Clerkship, Department of Internal Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine. QU 4 M346b 2015
  • Medical dosage calculations: a dimensional analysis approach June L. Olsen, Anthony Patrick Giangrasso, Dolores M. Shrimpton. QV 748 O522m 2016
  • Operative techniques in transplantation surgery editor, Michael J. Englesbe ; editor-in-chief, Michael W. Mulholland. WO 660 O617 2015
  • The parathyroids: basic and clinical concepts editor-in-chief, John P. Bilezikian ; associate editors, Robert Marcus, Michael A. Levine, Claudio Marcocci, Shonni J. Silverberg, John T. Potts, Jr. WK 300 P226 2015
  • Pathology of bone and joint disorders with clinical and radiographic correlation Edward F. McCarthy, Frank J. Frassica. WE 225 M748p 2015
  • Sternberg’s diagnostic surgical pathology editor, Stacey E. Mills ; associate editors, Joel K. Greenson, Jason L. Hornick, Teri A. Longacre, Victor E. Reuter. WO 142 D536 2015

New books now available

  • The 5-minute urology consult editor-in-chief, Leonard G. Gomella, MD, FACS, The Bernard W. Goodwin Professor of Prostate Cancer, Chairman, Department of Urology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Associate Director, Jefferson Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Clinical Director, Jefferson Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ; associate editors, Gerald Andriole, MD, FACS, [and six others]. WJ 39 F5652 2015
  • Basic and clinical pharmacology edited by Bertram G. Katzung, associate editor Anthony J. Trevor. QV 4 B295 2015
  • Biomechanics of sport and exercise Peter M. McGinnis. WE 103 M4788b 2013
  • Browse’s introduction to the symptoms & signs of surgical disease edited by Kevin Burnand, John Black, Steven A. Corbett, William E.G. Thomas ; emeritus editor, Norman L. Browse. WO 141 B8858 2015
  • The cardiology intensive board review editors, Leslie Cho, MD, FACC, Director, Women’s Cardiovascular Center, Section Head, Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation, Robert and Suzanne Tomisch Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, Brian P. Griffin, MD, FACC, John and Rosemary Brown Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine, Section Head, Cardiovascular Imaging, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. WG 18.2 C2695 2015
  • Case files. Cardiology Eugene C. Toy, Michael D. Faulx. WG 18.2 T7561c 2015
  • Chest radiology : the essentials [editors,] Jannette Collins, Eric J. Stern WF 975 C712c 2015
  • Control of communicable diseases manual David L. Heymann, editor. WC 100 C7646 2015
  • Current diagnosis & treatment surgery edited by Gerard M. Doherty. WO 100 C976 2015
  • Decision making in health and medicine: integrating evidence and values M.G. Myriam Hunink, Milton C. Weinstein, Eve Wittenberg, Michael F. Drummond, Joseph S. Pliskin, John B. Wong, Paul P. Glasziou. W 84.1 H937d 2014
  • Fundamentals of nursing made incredibly easy! clinical editor, Tracy A. Taylor, MSN, RN. WY 100 F9812 2015
  • Gross anatomy Kyung Won Chung, Harold M. Chung, Nancy L. Halliday. QS 18.2 C559g 2015
  • Handbook of clinical nutrition and aging Connie Watkins Bales, Julie L. Locher, Edward Saltzman, editor. WT 115 H236 2015
  • Histology: a text and atlas: with correlated cell and molecular biology Michael H. Ross, Wojciech Pawlina. QS 517 R825h 2016
  • Hormones Anthony W. Norman, Helen L. Henry. WK 102 N842h 2015
  • Kozier & Erb’s fundamentals of nursing: concepts, process, and practice Audrey Berman, Phd, RN, Professor, Dean, Nursing, Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, California, Shirlee Snyder, EdD, RN, former Dean and Professor, Nursing, Nevada State College, Nevada, and Geralyn Frandsen, EdD, RN, Professor of Nursing, Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri. WY 100 K88f 2016
  • Langman’s medical embryology T.W. Sadler ; computer illustrations by Susan L. Sadler-Redmond ; scanning electron micrographs by Kathy Tosney ; ultrasound images by Jan Byrne and Hytham Imseis. QS 604 L284m 2015
  • Litt’s drug eruption & reaction manual Jerome Z. Litt, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. WR 165 L776d 2015
  • Molecular neuropharmacology: a foundation for clinical neuroscience Eric J. Nestler, Steven E. Hyman, David Holtzman. QV 76.5 M718 2015
  • Nutrition and diagnosis-related care Sylvia Escott-Stump. WB 39 N976 2015
  • Qualitative inquiry and research design: choosing among five approaches John W. Creswell H 62 C923q 2013
  • The rat nervous system edited by George Paxinos. WL 101 R232 2015
  • Social determinants of health: a comparative approach Alan Davidson WA 31 S67812 2015
  • Step-up to USMLE step 1: 2015 Michael McInnis, Samir Mehta, Chris Lewis, Sonia Mehta, Sonul Mehta, Edmund A. Milder, Adam J. Mirarchi. WB 18.2 S827 2015
  • Stoelting’s pharmacology and physiology in anesthetic practice Steven Shafer, James P. Rathmell, Pamela Flood. QV 81 S5251s 2015
  • Transplantation of the liver [edited by] Ronald W. Busuttil, Goran B.G. Klintmalm. WI 770 T7725 2015
  • Ultrasonography in gynecology edited by Botros R.M.B. Rizk, Elizabeth E. Puscheck. WP 141 U476 2015