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Services spotlight: order articles and books in McGoogan Docs

The library subscribes to thousands of journals, but sometimes you need an article from a journal that we do not have. What do you do? Try the McGoogan Docs system. You can submit article, book chapter, or book requests in an easy to use form and the interlibrary loan department will obtain it for you. Our sources include other libraries, publishers, or open access journals. We strive to provide the best copy for you, but if you are not satisfied, please let us know. Turnaround time is on average 1.5 business days. Rush is available in cases in which you have a grant deadline, an urgent patient care issue, etc. And the best part? It’s free! There were charges or limits in the past, but no more! All faculty, staff, and students at UNMC receive free service. However, if there is a copyright royalty issue, we may ask that you help with the cost, which is capped at $30.

To learn how to use McGoogan Docs, please view the following tutorial:

Who in the library…faculty & staff profiles

John Schleicher
Special Collections Librarian
Special Collections

Tell us aboutSchleicher rare book your job in the library.

I work in Special Collections, which is part of Collections Services.  I organize and take care of the library’s historical collections, including archives, rare books, artifacts and art work.  I make these collections available to researchers and also provide reference services.

When would you most likely meet or talk with me?

If you are interested in researching topics related to the history of the health sciences, accessing a book from the rare book rooms, or if you need information on the history of UNMC or any of the various colleges, you would most likely meet or talk with me.

What do you like about working in the library?

I enjoy making the campus community and outside researchers more aware of the wonderful historical collections which we have—especially the rare books.  I also enjoy giving presentations on the history of the medical center.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like to read history and biography.  I really enjoy watching vintage movies on Turner Classic Movies.  I am part of a local wine-tasting group and enjoy experiencing new varieties I have never tried.  I help one of my siblings provide care for an elderly parent.

From the archives: 19th century “patent medicines”

By John Schleicher

The term “patent medicine” was used to describe medicinal compounds in the 19th century, which were sold with creative names and even more outrageous claims.  Also sometimes known as proprietary medicines, these remedies, for the most part, were indeed not patented but only trademarked.Pinkham label

The term “patent” denoted medications whose compounds had been granted government protection for exclusive recipes. Most makers of these “cures,” often small family-run businesses, used ingredients quite similar to their competitors—vegetable extracts laced with ample doses of alcohol, sugar, and various herbals.  In some cases, these “quack medicines” as they were often called, could be deadly, since there was no regulation of their ingredients. Their effectiveness was questionable and their contents were usually kept secret.

The number of patent medicines diminished greatly after 1906, when Congress passed the Pure Food and Drug Act, implementing public health action against unlabeled or unsafe ingredients, misleading advertising, quackery, and similar questionable practices.

Lydia E. Pinkham (1819-1883), who’s slogan was “yours for health,” was a producer of patent medicines.  Her “Vegetable Compound” (see image from package in the library collection) was recommended “for relieving hot flashes and certain other symptoms associated with “Change of Life” and other [female] distress—not due to organic disease.”  Ingredients in this compound included:  Jamaica dogwood, pleurisy root, black cohosh, life root, licorice, dandelion and gentian.  It also contained 13 ½ % ethyl alcohol—as the label notes, “used solely as a solvent and preservative.” Recommended dosage, “take one tablespoonful four times a day, before meals and at bedtime.”

Services spotlight: literature alerts

Are you conducting long-term research and would like to know when a new article has been written on your topic? The library’s literature alerts service can help. Alerts are searches which run automatically, usually on a weekly basis. The search results are emailed directly to the requestor and are available in Refworks format. Alerts may be set up for the following databases: PubMed, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Scopus, or Cochrane. For additional information or to request a literature alert, please contact Cindy Schmidt at 559-7077 or by email at cmschmidt@unmc.edu.