Deadly Medicine Closing Event and Related Titles


Have you seen the exhibit in the library’s main lobby, Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race?  The exhibit is a partnership with the traveling exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that is at the Fulginiti from March 20-May 22, 2018.  Visit the Fulginiti before the exhibit closes next week!

The closing event is on Tuesday evening at 6pm (Please RSVP):

Deadly Medicine Closing Event

Check out this list of related titles available at the library:

The Nazi Doctors and the Nuremberg Code: Human Rights in Human Experimentation by George J. Annas and Michael A. Grodin

Doctors From Hell: The Horrific Account of Nazi Experiments on Humans

Judy Chicago (in the Medical Humanities collection)




Sunday’s Child?: A Memoir by Leslie Brent (in the Medical Humanities collection)




Amesse popular works:





Night by Elie Wiesel (also in Medical Humanities)







The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Acherman





Holocaust and genocide studies (Online)

Holocaust and Genocide Studies, journal by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History


The Holocaust as active memory the past in the present



The Holocaust as Active Memory: The Past in the Present edited by Marie Louise Seeberg, Irene Levina dn Claudia Lenz




Representing Auschwitz at the margins of testimony



Representing Auschwitz: At the Margins of Testimony edited by Nicholas Chare and Dominic Williams




The World Jewish Congress During the Holocaust: Between Activism and Restraint by Zohar Segev

Bringing the Dark Past to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe edited and with an introduction by John Paul Himka and Joanna Beata Michlic

Ethics, Art, and Representations of the Holocaust edited by Simone Gigliotti, Jacob Golomb and Caroline Steinberg Gould

The Holocaust in the East: Local Perpetrators and Soviet Responses edited by Michael David-Fox, Peter Holquist, Alexander M. Martin

Finland’s Holocaust: Silences of History edited by Simo Muir and Hana Worthen

Mindfulness Books

Did you get a chance to attend the last Strauss lecture at HSL on February 20?  The lecture was Mindfulness Stress Reduction with Peggy Sheean.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend, you can watch the recording of the lecture here.

Mindfulness Lecture

If you are interested in learning more about the topic, the library has both of the books from the lecture:

Full Catastrophe Living

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn


Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky


Also, check out some other resources about mindfulness available at the library:

Coming to our senses : healing ourselves and the world through mindfulness (in the Indigenous collection)

The mindful way through depression : freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness (in the Indigenous collection)

Heal thy self : lessons on mindfulness in medicine (in the Indigenous collection)

Healing emotions : conversations with the Dalai Lama on mindfulness, emotions, and health (in the Indigenous collection)

Wherever you go, there you are : mindfulness meditation in everyday life (in the Amesse collection)

The happiness project : or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun (in the Amesse collection)


Mindfulness and mental health therapy, theory and science

Teaching clients to use mindfulness skills a practical guide


Critical need for platelets — Children’s Hospital has 3x number of Hematology/Oncology patients

The Blood Donor Center currently has about three times the number of Hematology/Oncology patients we normally see this time of year, and are transfusing a much higher volume of platelets than average. We need your help to ensure that we are able to meet patient needs!   


Platelet Drive
The Health Sciences Library is hosting a week-long platelet drive
Make an appointment today by calling (720) 777-5398

Dates:  Monday, July 20th to Friday, July 24th
Time: 6:30am – 12:15pm
Location: Children’s Hospital Colorado Blood Donor Center on 13123 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045 (Map)
How do I make an appointment? Call (720) 777-5398
What do I bring to my appointment? Your government-issued ID
Who do I call if I have a question? Jen Sipe, Donor Resource Coordinator, at (720) 777-1846


Why Donate Platelets at Children’s Hospital Colorado?

  • Platelets only last five days, so we always need platelet donors.
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado provided over 3,400 platelet transfusions in the last year alone.
  • Our Blood Donor Center provides 99.3% of the blood transfused at here at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
  • Having our own Blood Donor Center allows us to meet the specialized needs of children.

What is a platelet donation? Platelets are the components of your blood necessary to control bleeding. During a procedure called apheresis, we use a Trima machine to separate your blood into its individual components:  red cells, plasma & platelets. The machine can then collect just the platelets from your blood (or a combination of platelets, plasma &/or red cells) and return the rest using just one needle.

  • Platelet donations take about 2 hours.
  • We provide movies to watch, free Wi-Fi & plenty of snacks and drinks.
  • You can donate platelets every 2 weeks (up to 24 times a year).
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado has on-site child care (call for details).
  • Your donation could save or enhance up to FIVE children’s lives!

How are platelets used? Platelets are given to children with a variety of medical conditions such as:

  • Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments
  • Bone marrow transplants
  • Organ transplants
  • Surgical procedures
  • Blood disorders


  • Be sure to eat a full meal an hour or two before your donation.
  • Drink plenty of water and limit caffeine intake.
  • Review the eligibility questions on our website.
  • Increase your calcium intake an hour before your donation.
  • Avoid aspirin for at least 48 hours before donating platelets. *If you have been prescribed aspirin by your doctor, please get your doctors approval before discontinuing.

Jen Sipe
Donor Resource Coordinator
Blood Donor Center | Children’s Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue, Box B605  |  Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (720) 777-1846 | Fax: (720) 777-7255  |
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New Additions to Amesse

The following titles have recently been added to the Amesse Collection. Enjoy!



Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi/ Americanah

Hawkins, Paula/ The Girl on the Train

Johnston, Tim/ Descent

Reza, Yasmina/ Happy Are the Happy

Swanson, Peter/ The Kind Worth Killing



Brill, Stephen/ America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

Fuller, Alexandra/ Leaving Before the Rains Come

Kawasaki, Guy/ The Art of Social Media

Kristof, Nicholas/ A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities

Young, Mary Taylor/ Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years




A Dangerous Method

Side Effects


~Lynn Schwalm

Book Review: The Woman Upstairs

Woman-UpstairsNora Eldridge is the “woman upstairs” in Claire Messud’s book of the same name. As she recounts the tale of a unique love that has helped redefine her, we learn that she’s got a good sense of humor, is a reliable friend, good daughter, and a devoted teacher. But there’s a woman angry at her invisibility and missed opportunity lurking just below the surface.  She’s had enough of being the “woman upstairs” and dreams of fulfilling success that she feels has passed her by.  Her story evolves into part mid-life identity crisis, part psychological thriller when her sedate life crosses paths with a dazzling and exotic international family of academic, artist and cherished child.

Their exciting personal history throws Nora’s life is into relief, highlighting all the danger, creativity, success, and elegance lacking in her own. As her fascination and deeply felt belief in her love of each family member grows, she becomes more convinced of her importance in their lives. Nora’s good humor and routine disintegrate into bitterness and upheaval as she begins to doubt her value.  As the tale unfolds to an O’Henry-esque conclusion, the reader is left to wonder if Nora has the edginess and drive or the disregard for other’s opinions that will allow her to commit to her hoped-for life?  Or maybe she just needs the right sort of betrayal?

You can find this book in the Health Science Library’s Amesse leisure reading collection in an alcove on the east wall of the first floor. Call number:  Amesse F MESSUD WOM


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean

The Violinist’s Thumb : and other lost tales of love, war, and genius, as written by our genetic code

By Sam Kean

HSL Amesse/1st Floor, 572.8 KEA  

The words deoxyribonucleic acid, or simply DNA, are familiar to the vast majority of people and most likely invoke images of a double helix, chromosomes, and Gregor Mendel and his pea plants.  But the story behind DNA and the men and women who uncovered its secrets is far more interesting than one might imagine.

Sam Kean brilliantly relays this fascinating history in The Violinist’s Thumb.  From Artic explorers discovering that their skin will fall off after indulging in polar bear liver to an unfortunate Japanese man who not only survived the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima but also of Nagasaki, Kean sheds light on the endlessly amazing journey of DNA.

The reader will meet:  Columbia’s “Fly Boys” who worked tirelessly with Drosophila during the day while one of whom worked tirelessly to chase women by night;  Paganini, the inspiration for the book’s title, the violinist who could play music like no other before or since because he suffered a genetic disease that allowed his ligaments to be looser than the average musician; Charles Darwin, not only was he the man that gave science the theory of evolution, but he was also a man who suffered an extraordinary amount of conditions, such as frequent vomiting and irritation of the bowels; the rival scientists and consortia working on the cut-throat business of the Human Genome Project through public and private endeavors; and many more amazing men and women in the pages of the history of DNA.

Genes and chromosomes may be enthralling by themselves, but discovering the people behind the missteps and discoveries of genetics is a continuously intriguing journey.  Kean’s writing brings this story to life in a charming and enjoyable manner that will make the reader crave more.

[Brittany Heer, Library Technician II ]



Librarian Picks: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

In Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese blends medicine, culture, religion, and family saga into a compelling Zhivago-esque tale set in India, Ethiopia and New York. At the start of the novel, a nun trained as a nurse in India and a surgeon trained in Scotland arrive in post-World War II Ethiopia to work in a small medical clinic.  Sister Mary Joseph Praise and Thomas Stone form an efficient surgical team, providing services valued by emperor and everyman. When Sister Mary Joseph Praise dies while giving birth to twins and Stone abandons his twin sons, the remaining doctors step in to raise Marion and Shiva Stone.

While the story is set mostly within the political turmoil of 1960’s and 1970’s Ethiopia, the novel makes significant historical events personal.  Marion Stone, the novel’s narrator, moves from Ethiopia to New York, and grows to adulthood and advances through his medical training.  Marion observes the world around him, describing political events, the poverty and humanity of the patients, the skill of the doctors and aides, and innovative practice of medicine in challenging settings.  Verghese avoids stereotypes and simplifications to portray life and death at the clinic and the unforeseen consequences of individual choices.  In doing so, he banishes western preconceptions about African medical care.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese is in the Amesse collection, first floor Commons alcove, call number F VERGHESE CUT.

[Lynne Fox, Education Librarian]