Keep Up with The Appendix

Students, Staff, and Faculty, there’s a great way to keep up with the happenings of the Health Sciences Library and the Anschutz Medical Campus: subscribe to the monthly Newsletter, the Appendix! You’ll find info on upcoming events, great new resources, staff bios, suggestions for easier access, improved services, and more! The highlights of our blog, compiled and delivered directly to your inbox. The subscription process is easy, and if you change your mind down the road, so is unsubscribing. (Although we will be sorry to see you go!) Browse through our past issues, and subscribe here!

Featured Book for January


Healing Herbal Teas

A complete guide to making delicious, healthful beverages

“…Want to customize your own herbal blends?  Mars, who is often applauded for her ability to bring together the wisdom of disparate healing traditions, shows you how, offering basic guidelines as well as theories from different cultures and eras.  And, as Mars explains, teas are not just for sipping!  For treating everything from wounds and rashes to sore muscles, colds and flu, and dandruff, try topical applications of tea.

If you become a true tea aficionado, you’ll want to share your passion by indulging in the high culture of tea: tea parties.  These events can be organized to welcome guests, to renew friendships, or to simply celebrate life.  Inside, you’ll find ideas for organizing tea parties, as well as Mars’ favorite recipes to serve with teas.”

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Rare Book Profile: Samuel Gross’s A Manual of Military Surgery; or, Hints on the Emergencies of Field, Camp and Hospital practice (2nd edition).

S. D. Gross’s A Manual of Military Surgery (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1861) was written for use as a handbook in the field by Union surgeons in the American Civil War. Its author served as a surgical consultant to the United States Surgeon General.

Samuel David Gross (1805-1884) was one of the most highly esteemed American surgeons and medical educators of his time. Born into a rural Pennsylvania Dutch family, he apprenticed with two local physicians as a teenager, then left home for formal education in schools in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. He earned a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1828. He opened a general practice in Philadelphia, where he also translated a number of French and German medical works into English. After a few year, he married and moved his practice to Easton, Pennsylvania near his family home. He added a small laboratory to his house, where he conducted human and animal dissection, as well as research on a variety of subjects.

In 1833, one of his former teachers helped him obtain a position demonstrating pathology at the Medical College of Ohio in Cincinnati. He was promoted to Professor of Pathological Anatomy two years later. Shortly after that, he moved to the position of Chief of Pathologic Anatomy in the Medical Department of the Cincinnati College. The college folded in 1839, and Gross joined the faculty of the Louisville Medical Institute as Professor of Surgery, where he remained for 16 years, establishing a dog laboratory, practicing medicine, and lecturing. He co-founded the Louisville Medical Review and the North American Chirurgical Review, and contributed to the Institute’s reputation as a major medical center.

In 1856, Gross accepted an appointment as Professor of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College, where he remained for the rest of his career. He was the first alumnus to join the faculty. He was active in several medical associations and served as the twentieth president of the American Medical Association. Over the years, Gross published many books and articles on anatomy, pathology, surgery, and diseases. He also wrote a number of medical biographies and histories. Gross is perhaps most famous as the subject of Thomas Eakins’ iconic 1875 painting The Gross Medical Clinic, instructing students while performing surgery in the Jefferson Medical College amphitheater. Gross died in 1884 at the age of 78.

A Manual of Military Surgery was published in 1861 as a handbook for Union field surgeons. In 1862, an unauthorized reprint was issued by J.W. Randolph in Richmond, Virginia, who justified the piracy by pointing out that no other such works were available. “The book trade between the two sections of the continent having been interrupted, it has rendered it impossible for Dr. Gs publishers to furnish the work to the Southern Public.” The Confederacy didn’t publish an original surgical manual until 1863.

The Health Sciences Library’s well-worn copy of A Manual of Military Surgery is the second edition, published in Philadelphia in 1862. It is bound in the original publisher’s brown cloth with gilt-stamped spine.

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, or 303-724-2119.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

Appendix Now in Digital Repository!


Subscribe to the HSL newsletter?  Miss some of the issues or looking for an article from a past issue?  Now you can read past issues in the digital repository!

HSL’s newsletter, The Appendix, is now available here in the digital repository, Digital Collections of Colorado.  The most of past issues have been posted on the library’s webpage, but only the archive from 2009-2016 is available.  Now you can view all of the issues since the newsletter began in December 2007.  The issues are also searchable in the repository if you are looking for a particular article or topic, and all the issues are available as PDFs.

If you are wondering what The Appendix is, you can check out HSL’s email newsletter here, and also subscribe here.  Subscribe to the Appendix to receive news and updates about HSL!

If you are also wondering what the digital repository is, you can explore the digital collections here.  You can see the historic collections from when the library was Denison on the Colorado Medical Center Campus, and other collections like the theses and dissertations.  HSL is also always looking for submissions if you are interested in submitting something to the digital archive!


Bringing Health and Care Back to Healthcare Conference – January 18th

New eBook: Critical Care Toxicology

HSL has a new ebook, Critical Care Toxicology: Diagnosis and Management of the Critically Poisoned Patient (second edition), Editors Jeffrey Brent, Keith Burkhart, Paul Dargan, Benjamin Hatten, Bruno Megarbane, Robert Palmer, and Julian White.

Critical Care Toxicology cover

This is the first new ebook title from Springer.  Most of the new ebooks at HSL up to this point have been from R2 Rittenhouse.  There may be some differences with navigation because the ebook is from a different platform.  Look at the right column by the chapter headings in the ‘Table of contents’ tab to download each chapter as a PDF, and click on the title of the chapter to see the online text.  See more information in the right tab ‘About this book’, such as an introduction, keywords, editors, and bibliographic information.

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View of the beginning page for the ebook in the Springer platform.

Users can also download each chapter as a PDF while in the chapter webpage by clicking on ‘Download fulltext PDF’.

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Chapter example in the Springer ebook platform.


New Resource: Improve Your Medical Spanish with Canopy

The library has access to a new Spanish language resource, Canopy.  You can find Canopy listed on our databases page .

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Canopy is a web-based medical Spanish training tool that teaches and provides practice for specialized medical concepts and terminology for common clinical scenarios. By beginning with a Medical Spanish Assessment, Canopy will recommend where to begin your training. The course provides three levels of learning with numerous lessons in each level catered to specific skills and vocabulary. The lessons are interactive and include practice for both written and spoken language.

Interested in trying out this new tool and improving your Spanish language skills for clinical practice? Contact Jason Wardell at using your UCDenver email address to request your Canopy account.