Newly Updated R2 Discovery eBooks Collection

Strauss library just finished a complete overhaul of the R2 Discovery Records collection!

If you like to use eBooks, you might know that Strauss library has a collection of eBooks from R2 Digital Library (aka Rittenhouse). You can find titles that Strauss library has purchased by searching Search HSL for the keyword ‘R2 Digital Library‘.

Strauss library also has a collection of Discovery eBooks from R2 Digital Library. Titles in this collection can be found with the keyword ‘R2 Discovery Records Digital Library‘.

What are discovery eBooks? These are eBooks that Strauss library has added to its R2 PDA (patron-driven acquisition) program. This means that Strauss library patrons have three times to access each eBook, then the eBook will be locked unless it is purchased. This program allows us to see which eBooks our patrons are most interested in, so we can purchase ones that are accessed the most.

When the eBooks in the PDA program are accessed three times, our staff member who works on purchasing eBooks gets a notice, and the staff at Strauss library will consider if we will purchase the eBook.

Each of these discovery eBooks has this note: HSL access to this ebook is on a trial basis. If you are unable to access the full text, HSL may have used up the free trial. Click here to make purchase recommendation: Please send us any requests for eBooks you think should be purchased.

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New A-Z Databases List

On May 20th we launched our new Database A-Z List. All saved URLs to the old database list will be redirected to the new list. However, if you have saved URLs to the database list, subject areas, or specific database we recommend updating them. The URLs can be copied from the browser bar for a set of databases (the entire list, a subject, etc.) or using the share button for an individual database.

The newest feature of the database list is being able to search for a database title or keywords within the title or description:

If you would like to provide feedback on this change please fill out this form.

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Rare Book Profile: Girolamo Mercuriale’s De Arte Gymnastica Libri Sex (2nd edition).

MercurialeGymnasticaTPGirolamo Mercuriale’s De Arte Gymnastica Libri Sex (Venetiis : Apud Juntas 1573), first published in 1569, was one of the earliest works on the therapeutic value of gymnastics and exercise, and a major history of the practices of the Greeks and Romans in exercise, diet, hygiene, and bathing, based on study of classical literature. The second edition of 1573 was the first illustrated book on gymnastics, adding drawings by Pirro Ligorio (1513-1583), Ducal Antiquarian to Duke Alfonso II d’Este of Ferrara and former Architect at the Vatican. The drawings are generally believed to have been rendered in wood blocks by German engraver Cristoforo Coriolano (born 1540)

Girolamo Mercuriale (1530-1606) was an Italian physician and philologist, the son of a physician from the city of Forlì. After studying medicine in Bologna, Padua, and Venice, he went to Rome as part of a diplomatic mission to Pope Pius IV in 1562. He spent several years in Rome in the household of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, a prominent collector of antiquities and patron of the arts. Mercuriale’s connection with the Cardinal provided him with access to extensive libraries and antiquarian scholars in Rome, including antiquarian and architect Pirro Ligorio, who was also in Rome in service at various times to Pope Pius IV, Pope Pius V, and Cardinal Ippolito d’Este.

Mercuriale’s reputation as an historian and antiquarian enhanced his medical career. The publication of De arte gymnastica in 1569 helped him obtain appointment to a chair of medicine at Padua in 1570. He later moved to distinguished and well-paid professorships at the universities of Bologna and Pisa. Members of the highest ranks of society were his patrons and patients, including the Emperor Maximilian II and Grand Duke Ferdinand of Tuscany, and he maintained correspondence with leading intellectuals of the day, including Aldrovandi and Galileo.

De arte gymnastica is divided into six books to sketch the history, settings, and equipment, and the varieties of exercise practiced in antiquity, and to examine the effect of such exercises on health. It begins with the origins of gymnastica and its relation to the origins of medicine, followed by description of Roman athletics, with some reference to Greek as well, with some references to modern cultural conditions which had caused health to deteriorate since the days of Hippocrates. Expanding on the work of Galen, Mercuriale deemed exercise a medical necessity for preventing disease, maintaining health, and building up sickly individuals. He pointed out that there was abundant contemporary literature on the other parts of preservative medicine, but not exercise.

While Mercuriale viewed exercise as basically positive, his detailed advice included limitations and warnings. He followed Galen’s assumption that changed in humoral balance, and therefore only those of cold and dry temperament should exercise vigorously, and others should limit themselves to gentler forms of movement. Convalescents and the elderly should avoid vigorous exercise altogether. The lifestyle of athletes was basically unhealthy: too much meat, too much sleep, too much sun exposure, too much physical activity, and unbalanced emotions. The right time to stop was as soon as breathing changed or the face reddened. He also lists the dangers of many specific forms of exercise, including hunting and playing pell mell (an ancestor of croquet), and pointed out that some forms of exercise, such as gymnastics and wrestling were no longer socially respectable.

Most of the illustrations of Roman athletes in action were drawn for the second edition in 1573 by artist, architect, and antiquary Pirro Ligorio, whom Mercuriale had met in Rome. Both left Rome In 1569-70, Ligorio to Ferrara and Mercuriale to Padua, but they continued to correspond and cooperate. The illustrations are carefully placed in relation to the text, and the text refers to them. Ligorio was renowned for investigating, describing, and drawing Roman antiquities, but he was also criticized by his contemporaries and by later scholars for representing his subjects with more imagination than historical accuracy. In the text, Mercuriale identified illustrations by Ligorio, often complimenting his antiquarian expertise. In addition to the illustrations by Ligorio, Mercuriale commissioned some drawings of actual sculptures for his new illustrated edition.

 The Health Sciences Library’s copy of the second edition of De Arte Gymnastica is bound in white vellum over pasteboard with raised bands and a gilt-tooled red morocco spine label. It was given to the Health Sciences Library by the Denver Medical Society in 1982. It was at one time owned by Docteur Flandrin, whose bookplate, dated 1902, is inside the front cover.

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]

New Book List

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New Wiley eBooks and Journals!

Strauss Library recently completed a purchase of eBooks and Journal backfiles from Wiley Online Library. There are 36 new ebooks, and 7 new journal backfiles. Check out the new stuff!


Absorption and Scattering of Light by Small Particles by Craig F. Bohren and Donald R. Huffman (1998)

Categorical Data Analysis, Second Edition (2002)

EEG Signal Processing by Sanei Jonathon Chambers (2007)

Electrophysiologic Testing, Fifth Edition (2013)

Evidence-Based Urology, 2nd edition (2018)

Gregory’s Pediatric Anesthesia, 5th edition (2012)

Molecular Data Analysis using R by Csaba Ortutay and Zsuzsanna Ortutay (2016)

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Fourth Edition (2013)

Practical HPLC Method Development, Second Edition (1997)

Wiley Handbook of Cognitive Control, Tobias Egner editor (2016)

Vitiligo: Medical and Surgical Management by Somesh Gupta (2017)


Annals of Neurology (Online), backfile 1977-1998

Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Online), backfile 1960-1996

Epilepsia (Online), backfile 1909-1996

European Journal of Immunology (Online), backfile 1971-1997

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Online), backfile 1953-1996

Journal of Comparative Neurology (Online), backfile 1891-1995

Journal of Neurochemistry, backfile 1956-1996

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ClinicalKey May 2019 Updates

The May update for ClinicalKey is here! Check out the new ebooks that have been added, and the ebooks deleted in the update are also listed below.

Deleted ebooks will no longer be available. If you need to request access to a deleted ebook, you can submit a request here for the title to be purchased, or submit an ILL request here.

eBooks Added

Botulinum Toxin in Facial Rejuvenation (Coleman, Kate) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9780702077869; Package/Collection: Ophthalmology; New to CK

Cellular Physiology and Neurophysiology (Blaustein, Mordecai) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9780323596190; Package/Collection: Flex Only; New edition (replaces 9780323057097)

Gahart’s 2020 Intravenous Medications (Gahart, Betty) 36th ed; ISBN: 9780323661386; Package/Collection: Internal Medicine Essentials; New edition (replaces 9780323612722)

Hunter’s Tropical Medicine and Emerging Infectious Diseases (Ryan, Edward) 10th ed; ISBN: 9780323555128; Package/Collection: Infectious Disease; New edition (replaces 9781416043904)

Jatin Shah’s Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology (Shah, Jatin) 5th ed; ISBN: 9780323415187; Package/Collection: Otolaryngology; New edition (replaces 9780323055895)

Netter’s Neurology (Srinivasan, Jayashri) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9780323554763; Package/Collection: Neurology; New edition (replaces 9781437702736)

Smith and Aitkenhead’s Textbook of Anaesthesia (Thompson, Jonathan) 7th ed; ISBN: 9780702075001; Package/Collection: Anesthesiology; New edition (replaces 9780702041921)

eBooks Deleted

Arthritis in Color: Advanced Imaging of Arthritis (Bruno, Michael) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416047223; Package/Collection: Flex Only. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Arthritis in Black and White

Becker-Shaffer’s Diagnosis and Therapy of the Glaucomas (Stamper, Robert) 8th ed; ISBN: 9780323023948; Package/Collection: Ophthalmology. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Glaucoma

Caplan’s Stroke (Caplan, Louis) 4th ed; ISBN: 9781416047216; Package/Collection: Neurology. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Stroke: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management

Clinical Management of Thyroid Disease (Wondisford, Fredric) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416047452; Package/Collection: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Williams Textbook of Endocrinology

The Neuroscience of Sleep  (Stickgold, Robert) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780123750730; Package/Collection: Sleep Medicine; Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine

Oncology of Infancy and Childhood (Orkin, Stuart) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416034315; Package/Collection: Hematology-Oncology-Palliative. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Nathan and Oski’s Hematology and Oncology of Infancy and Childhood

This was written by Jessica Gerber, you can email with questions.

ClinicalKey April 2019 Updates

The April update for ClinicalKey is here! Check out the new ebooks that have been added, and the ebooks deleted in the update are also listed below.

Deleted ebooks will no longer be available. If you need to request access to a deleted ebook, you can submit a request here for the title to be purchased, or submit an ILL request here.

eBooks Added

Atlas of Gynecologic Surgical Pathology (Clement, Philip) 4th ed; ISBN: 9780323528009; Package/Collection: Flex Only; New edition (replaces 9781455774821)

Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System (Abbas, Abul) 6th ed; ISBN: 9780323549431; Package/Collection: Medical Education Extended; New edition (replaces 9780323390828)

Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia (Chestnut, David) 6th ed; ISBN: 9780323566889; Package/Collection: Anesthesiology; New edition (replaces 9781455748662)

Comprehensive Care of the Transgender Patient (Ferrando, Cecile) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323496421; Package/Collection: Obstetrics and Gynecology; New to CK

The Developing Human (Moore, Keith) 11th ed; ISBN: 9780323611541; Package/Collection: Medical Education Essentials; New edition (replaces 9780323313384)

Facial Trauma Surgery (Dorafshar, Amir) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323497558; Package/Collection: Plastic Surgery; New to CK

Fetal Medicine: Basic Science and Clinical Practice (Pandya, Pranav) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9780702069567; Package/Collection: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; New edition (replaces 9780443104084)

Fundamentals of Body CT (Webb, W. Richard) 5th ed; ISBN: 9780323608329; Package/Collection: Radiology Extended; New edition (replaces 9780323221467)

Heart Failure: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease (Felker, G. Michael) 4th ed; ISBN: 9780323609876; Package/Collection: Cardiovascular Disease Essentials; New edition (replaces 9781455772377)

Learning Radiology: Recognizing the Basics (Herring, William) 4th ed; ISBN: 9780323567299; Package/Collection: Medical Education Extended; New edition (replaces 9780323328074)

Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics (Kliegman, Robert) 21st ed; ISBN: 9780323529501; Package/Collection: Pediatrics; New edition (replaces 9781455775668)

Netter’s Gastroenterology (Floch, Martin H.) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9780323596244; Package/Collection: Gastroenterology-Hepatology; New edition (replaces 9781437701210)

Neuroanatomy: An Illustrated Colour Text (Crossman, Alan) 6th ed; ISBN: 9780702074622; Package/Collection: Flex Only; New edition (replaces 9780702054051)

Pfenninger and Fowler’s Procedures for Primary Care (Fowler, Grant) 4th ed; ISBN: 9780323476331; Package/Collection: Internal Medicine Essentials; New edition (replaces 9780323052672)

Sleep Apnea and Snoring (Friedman, Michael) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9780323443395; Package/Collection: Otolaryngology; New edition (replaces 9781416031123)

Urologic Surgical Pathology (Cheng, Liang) 4th ed; ISBN: 9780323549417; Package/Collection: Pathology Essentials; New edition (replaces 9781455743278)

Wheater’s Pathology (O’Dowd, Geraldine) 6th ed; ISBN: 9780702075599; Package/Collection: Flex Only; New edition (replaces 9780443067976, Wheater’s Basic Pathology)

eBooks Deleted

Basic and Clinical Immunology (Peakman, Mark) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9780443100826; Package/Collection: Flex Only. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (Carey, William) 4th ed; ISBN: 9781416033707; Package/Collection: Pediatrics. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

Essential Orthopaedics and Trauma (Dandy, David) 5th ed; ISBN: 9780443067181; Package/Collection: Flex Only. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Essential Orthopaedics

Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment (Miller, Peter) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780123743480; Package/Collection: Psychiatry. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – MGH Handbook of General Hospital Psychiatry

Imaging of Arthritis and Metabolic Bone Disease (Weissman, Barbara) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323041775; Package/Collection: Rheumatology. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Arthritis in Color

Restless Leg Syndrome (Hening, Wayne) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780750675185; Package/Collection: Neurology. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Bradley’s Neurology in Clinical Practice