Freezing Patients Back to Life: Fact & Fiction

I recently finished The Curiosity , a fictional narrative about the discovery and "reanimation" of a century old frozen man.  Along the way, the researchers involved in this breakthrough have to grapple with the ethical choices of bringing this man back to life.  Yes, there is a romantic story line too but more often than not, … Continue reading Freezing Patients Back to Life: Fact & Fiction

The Book Thief: Unfortunately, this is Real Life

Last month, Taubman Health Sciences Library moved its final collection of books still housed on campus to the off-site storage location.  These books are not lost though, all you need do is request them via MIRLYN to your desired library pick-up location. Unfortunately, the Girolamini Library in Naples has lost many irreplaceable books and authorities are … Continue reading The Book Thief: Unfortunately, this is Real Life

Google Books and Libraries- Continuing a Lovely Friendship

Late last week, judge Denny Chin dismissed a lawsuit against Google brought by the Authors Guild on claims that Google Books  is violating copyright by digitizing items and making short samples available online. While the Authors Guild is already appealing the case, libraries and scholars are celebrating this expansion of the definition of fair use. … Continue reading Google Books and Libraries- Continuing a Lovely Friendship

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science Book Review

Atul Gawande's Complications was thankfully not a very difficult book to read for someone without a medical background.  The narrative of each chapter was fluid with strong character development that engaged the reader with the difficult decisions of both doctors and their patients.  The story of a young woman who came into the emergency room … Continue reading Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science Book Review

Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

As a student in the School of Information (and a hopeful future academic health sciences librarian!), I feel it is only appropriate to use this blog to share book suggestions related to the health science fields.   I highly recommend The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I read this book in 2010 to support the … Continue reading Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Managing complex contaminated groundwater

New from the National Academies Press is Alternatives for Managing the Nation's Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites. Across the United States, thousands of hazardous waste sites are contaminated with chemicals that prevent the underlying groundwater from meeting drinking water standards. These include Superfund sites and other facilities that handle and dispose of hazardous waste, active and … Continue reading Managing complex contaminated groundwater