McGoogan News

From the archives: Moulage collection

By John Schleicher

Moulage is the art of applying mock injuries or conditions for the purpose of training medical and nursing students, and other medical personnel. It is a French term for a mold of a lesion or defect used as a guide in applying medical treatment, or in performing reconstructive surgery, which has a long history of use in medical education.  In the 19th and early 20th centuries, moulages were taken of patients for medical educational purposes. The prepared model was painted to mimic the original case and disease.

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The McGoogan Library has over 100 moulages, which were made here on the UNMC campus, in the 1930s.  The moulages are molded wax on a plaster base, and were made by David Rhea, a laboratory assistant in charge of tissue processing for the Department of Pathology, under the direction of J. Perry Tollman, M.D. (1904-1996), Chair of Pathology (1948-1952), and later Dean of the College of Medicine (1952-1964).  Rhea did the molding of these models and Dr. Tollman was involved as an advisor for the authentication of each one. They were all based on patient cases from the former University Hospital.

The moulages were donated to the library in 2003, through the efforts of Pete Iwen, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology and Microbiology.  The history of the moulages was documented by Jim Newland, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Microbiology, in his history of the department.  Prior to being donated to the library, the moulages were previously housed in the main hallway of the North Laboratory Building (Poynter Hall), and later in a fourth floor pathology classroom in Wittson Hall.  The moulages are exhibited on the 6th and 8th floors of the library.

NLM Spotlight: AIDSinfo Redesign

AIDSinfo home page

AIDSinfo is your one-stop shop for information from the U.S. federal government on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and research.  The site features federally approved practice guidelines, health education materials, FDA-approved and investigational drugs, and a clinical trial search tool.

A new web design was launched on April 15th. The major enhancements to the site include:

  • Patient education materials are reorganized: They are now all located in a new “Understanding HIV/AIDS” section of the website.  The resources include fact sheets, infographics, an HIV/AIDS glossary, and webpages highlighting the National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days.
  • More prominent display of mobile apps: the AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Guidelines, Drug Database, and Glossary apps are now prominently featured in each section of the website.
  • Enhanced search functionality: an updated search feature allows users to quickly find relevant resources.
  • Increased linking between AIDSinfo resources: Resources are now linked to each other across the website. For example, patient fact sheets are now linked directly from the guidelines pages, so health care providers can easily access materials for their patients.

You can visit AIDSinfo at

AIDSinfo is a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a collaboration between the following agencies:

  • National Library of Medicine
  • NIH Office of AIDS Research
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



Scan Webpages for Relevant Words with Ease Using the Firefox Multi-Highlighter

By Cindy Schmidt

Have you ever scanned a page of PubMed search results or RefWorks records looking for relevant items?  If so, you know how much time it can take to spot the words that indicate relevance or irrelevance.

The Firefox Multiple-Highlighter Add-on can save you time and prevent eye strain.  To use the Multi-Highlighter:

Simply, install the free, Multiple-Highlighter add-on.   This doesn’t require administrative rights so you can even install and use the highlighter on cluster computers.

The “Highlighter” icon will appear in the Firefox header.

Click the downward arrow next to the “Highlighter”  icon. A pop-up with term-entry boxes will appear.









Type in the words you want, highlighted with a specific color, separated by commas.   If you want the matches to be case-sensitive, click on the the “Aa” column box. Finally, click the “Highlighter” icon above the entry boxes or the “Highlighter” icon in the Firefox header. The highlighter will highlight the designated terms on most webpages.  The screenshot below show term highlighting in RefWorks.