Rare Book Profile: Thomas Willis’ Cerebri Anatome cue Accessit Nervorum Descriptio et Usus.

Thomas Willis’s Cerebri Anatome cue Accessit Nervorum Descriptio et Usus (London: Thomas Roycroft, 1664) improved on existing descriptions of the brain, and was the first to attribute functions to different parts. It was considered the definitive description of the brain for the next two hundred years.

Thomas Willis (1621-1675) was an English physician best known for contributions to the fields of anatomy, neurology and psychiatry. He made major contributions to cardiology, endocrinology (especially the study of diabetes mellitus), and gastroenterology. He received a master’s degree from Christ Church, Oxford in 1642, fought for Charles I in the English Civil War, then returned to his studies, receiving the degree of bachelor of medicine in 1646.  He was part of a group of scholars devoted to experimentation in chemistry and fermentation, which included John Locke, Robert Hooke, Robert Boyle, Christopher Wren, Isaac Newton, and others. De Fermentatione, published in 1656, and De Febribus, published in 1659, grew from this collaborative work as well as his medical practice. As a Royalist, Willis was barred from holding office until the Restoration. In 1660, he replaced a Commonwealth supporter as professor of natural philosophy at Oxford, where he explored the anatomy of the brain as a means to determine the nature of the soul. Later that year he became a doctor of medicine. He was one of the early fellows of the Royal Society (1661), and was elected an honorary fellow of the College of Physicians in 1664. In 1666, he moved to London and established a profitable medical practice, whose clientele included the Duke of York (later King James II).

Cerebri Anatome was a collaborative effort with physician Sir Thomas Millington and anatomist Richard Lower, with illustrations by Christopher Wren, combining knowledge received from earlier anatomists with their own experimental and clinical observations. It contains 29 chapters on the anatomy and function of the brain and nervous system, the first of which was devoted to study methods and specimen preparation. The brain was removed from the skull before being sliced from the base upwards, then examined with magnification and drawn by Wren, whose drawings were then sent to a local engraver to be rendered on copper plates for the printer. Experimental techniques included microscopy as an aid to illustration and dye injection to study blood flow in cerebral arteries. Dissection and experimental results were supplemented by case histories. Cerebri Anatome introduced the word “neurology,” and contained the first detailed description of the importance and function of the Circle of Willis, a circle of arteries at the base of the brain. It also introduced names for various parts of the brain that are still used today.

Willis’ other major works include Pathologiae Cerebri et Nervosi Generis Specimen (1667) containing the first descriptions of neurological disorders, including epilepsy and asthma, and De Anima Brutorum Quae Hominis Vitalis ac Sensitiva Est (1672),  in which Willis further explores the soul-brain connection through analysis of different nervous systems.


The Health Sciences Library’s copy of Cerebri Anatome is the octavo edition of 1664, bound in vellum with hand-lettered spine and red-sprinkled edges. It was given to the library by Dr. James J. Waring.


Rare materials are available to individuals or groups by appointment on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, or at other times by arrangement. To schedule an appointment, contact Emily Epstein, emily.epstein@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-2119.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]


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New DynaMed App!

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You no longer need to get a serial ID from the library for the DynaMed App!


  • Access content offline
  • Bookmark Favorites
  • Email topics
  • Write and save notes about particular topics

Download Instructions:

1. Download the free DynaMed app from the iTunes Store or Google Play.
iOS/iTunes App Store Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dynamed-by-ebsco/id948906986?ls=1&mt=8
Google Play Store Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vspringboard.dynamed.activity
2. Access DynaMed from the library’s website. The DynaMed link is under “Clinical Tools.”
3. Click on the DynaMed mobile access link at the top of the DynaMed interface and enter your University or Hospital email address.  An authentication key will be emailed to you.

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4. Open the DynaMed email from your device.
5. Within 48 hours, tap on the link in the email to authenticate the app.
Note: after 48 hours, you will need to request a new authentication key.
6. The DynaMed App opens on your device and begins the initial content download.
Note: It is recommended that you are on a Wi-Fi connection for the initial download of DynaMed content as well as when updates become available.
7. Your device is ready to go!

FAQs: (also see Dynamed’s Support Site: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=3923)

Q. Can I install the DynaMed app on multiple devices?

Yes. When you email yourself an authentication link from within DynaMed, you can use that link to authenticate the app on up to three devices. If you would like to authenticate more than three devices, send yourself another authentication link from within DynaMed for the additional devices.

Note: Open the email from the mobile device you wish to authenticate and tap the authentication link to authenticate the app.

Q. Can I use the DynaMed app offline?

After installing the app and downloading the DynaMed content, the app can be used offline without a wireless signal. A wireless signal is required to perform updates to the DynaMed content when updates become available.

Q. Do I have to uninstall the Skyscape or Omnio apps before I install the new DynaMed app?

No. If you were using the Skyscape or Omnio apps to access DynaMed on your mobile device, you do not have to uninstall those apps to download/use the new DynaMed app. However, those apps will no longer be updated with the latest DynaMed content, so it is recommended that you install the new DynaMed app.

Blood Drive for Liam on Friday, Jan 30th!

A blood drive for Liam! 30 minutes of your time could mean a lifetime to a child


Liam was born in April 2004, more than three months before his due date. A brain hemorrhage was discovered when Liam was four days old and weighed less than one pound. His chances of survival were estimated to be 5%.

Liam was transferred to Children’s Hospital where he was given a tracheostomy, gastrostomy tube, and countless blood transfusions. Liam was finally discharged just in time to celebrate his first birthday at home with his family.

Liam remained on life support until age 3, but now at age 10 he is an active fourth grader who loves movies, board games, and geography. He lives with a chromosomal abnormality, immunodeficiency, epilepsy, and many other medical conditions, but receives regular treatments at Children’s Hospital to keep him well enough for school, adaptive sports, and all of the mischief that other little boys enjoy.

The Health Sciences Library is hosting a Children’s Hospital Colorado Mobile Blood Drive for Liam!
When: Friday, January 30th from 8:00am to 2:00pm
Where: In front of Building 500
What do I bring: Your government-issued ID

Sign up today!
There are plenty of appointments available.


  • How long does it take? The entire process only takes about 20 to 30 minutes total, from arrival, paperwork, a brief interview to the actual blood draw.
  • Am I eligible to donate? Answer these six questions to determine your eligibility.
  • What do I do before my appointment? Remember to have something to eat and hydrate beforehand.
  • What do I bring to my appointment? Bring your government issued ID.
  • Where will the blood drive be? The Bloodmobile will be parked at CU Anschutz in front of Building 500 at 13001 E 17th Pl, Aurora, CO 80045.
  • Will there be snacks? Yes, there will be snacks available after your donation :)
  • How can I help? We need at least 32 donors. Share this post and help us spread the word!

Your contribution makes an incredible difference for the patients and families of Children’s Hospital Colorado. Without blood, they would not be able to perform many lifesaving procedures.

Questions, please contact:
Tobin Magle, PhD (Liam’s aunt)
Biomedical Sciences Research Support Specialist
Senior Instructor
Health Sciences Library
303-724-2114  |  tobin.magle@ucdenver.edu

The Health Sciences Library does not have print copies of tax forms or instruction booklets for federal or state taxes. Instead, we offer access to web based forms and resources for tax preparation.

Library staff members suggest the following web sites for printable forms, instructions, and information:

Need to check gains or losses for a stock or another kind of fund?  Try the Companies/Markets historical data information from the Factiva database:

Click on the Companies/Markets link at the top of the screen. Select the Instrument and type in the ticker symbol or abbreviation for the instrument. Click Historical and pick the time period and format for the report

If you wish to print information or tax forms from these web sites in the Health Sciences Library, a copy card will be needed and printing will cost 10 cents/page.

Many Colorado libraries may have forms or reproducible forms, but it is best to call for information, since not all libraries distribute forms. Click on “FIND A LIBRARY” at http://www.coloradovirtuallibrary.org for phone numbers.   Aurora Public Libraries locations, hours and phone numbers:  http://www.auroralibrary.org

Federal forms can also be picked up at the IRS Office, 1999 Broadway (corner of Broadway and 19th Street) Denver, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.   Colorado Forms only at the Colorado Department of Revenue 1375 Sherman Street – Lobby  8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

Exhibit – George Washington & Medicine

WashingtonEvery Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine explores the story of George Washington’s own health and examines the ways in which he sought to safeguard the health and wellness of those under his care.  Washington’s story illuminates the broader context of the experience of illness and the practice of medicine, which during his time was transitioning from a traditional healer craft to a profession.

This traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine will be on display on the 1st floor of the Health Sciences Library from January 19 to February 28, 2015.  Stop by and check it out!

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of health and George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens.

Colorado PROFILES Now Featuring Altmetrics

The Colorado PROFILES database now includes altmetrics data (from Altmetric.com) with many faculty publications.  Altmetrics complement citation metrics and offer a view of research featured on social media, research collaboration sites, and news outlets, revealing that scholarly work reaches beyond a specialized and localized research community.  If a publication is associated with the colorful altmetric icon AltIconBigRectangle , click it and you can learn about the article’s tweets, mentions, blogging, downloads and more.

L. Hoffecker