Reading List from Henry C. Powell

On May 17, 2012, Dr. Henry C. Powell gave a presentation called “From beliefs and spells to the scientific method: A long slow journey for the art of Medicine” as part of the Biomedical Library’s lunchtime seminar series and the Libraries-wide celebration of “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine.”  Dr. Powell has created a suggested reading list of books that he mentioned during the talk and a few others, as well.  Enjoy!

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Harry Potter’s World Display

The Biomedical Library is featuring a breezeway display called “Harry Potter’s World.”  This exhibit is being held in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine.”  It explores Harry Potter’s world and how it touches the muggle world of early Renaissance scientists, scholars, chemists (or alchemists) and nature.  The three Biomedical Library breezeway cases focus on potions, plants and people, respectively.

A LibGuide has been created to complement the breezeway display – – including four fun quizzes that test your knowledge about the contents of the website and the Harry Potter stories.

Stop by to see the physical display which will be up through June 2012, at least, and also check out the online site.  May the Harry Potter festivities continue!

Harry Potter's World Display

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NIH Extramural Nexus: Tidbits about Grants

The Deputy Director of NIH’s Office of Extramural Research, Sally Rockey, has a blog called Rock Talk, where she presents interesting analyses about grants and recipients.  The current post looks at the distribution of grants among types of institutions – with medical schools, independent hospitals etc.


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Nature Journals: Problems Continue

We are receiving continuing reports of individuals who are being shown a paywall screen when trying to access articles from Nature journals that we should have access to, from various locations around campus including departmental computers and the UCSD-PROTECTED wireless network.   This is very intermittent and the journals are working at most locations.  The licensing folks at UC’s California Digital Library are working on this with the publisher.

Tips that have worked for some users:

  • clear your browser cache.
  • clear your browser cookies – bear in mind this can reset some settings you might have for other websites.

If you are still unable to connect to the journals and would like to help us debug this problem, you can email with the following:

  • Details of the article you were trying to access
  • Go to  and use your browser’s “Save as” or “Save Page as” to save the page that results.  Include this as an attachment.

Please bear in mind that the Nature company does publish some journals that we don’t subscribe to.  If you’re not sure if we have a journal, you can check it out in our library catalog, or you can contact us to check for you.


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Elsevier ScienceDirect Journal Outage

We are experiencing an outage today of the Elsevier ScienceDirect e-journal service which is our provider for a couple thousand journals. We have reported this but so far we don’t have an estimate for when the service will be back online.

Update: the service is working again as of this afternoon. Thanks for your patience!

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From beliefs and spells to the scientific method: A long slow journey for the art of Medicine

Dr. Henry C. Powell, M.D., D.Sc. will present “From beliefs and spells to the scientific method: A long slow journey for the art of Medicine.” This lecture coincides with the UC San Diego Libraries’ hosting of “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, & Medicine,” a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. The libraries will be hosting several events in connection with this exhibit.

From a room in a cupboard under the stairs to a room in a castle, the story of Harry Potter begins with the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone in the UK) and sends a young boy on new adventures, both intellectual and physical. The foundation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry sprung from the early Renaissance period and it is here where “muggle” reality intertwines with literary fiction. Science and medicine were developed and nurtured with lessons learned by experts in alchemy, botany, surgery, as well as theologians. Scientists from long ago include Paracelsus, Flamel, Paré, Harvey and they often benefited from the work of more familiar artists such as van Calcar, Michelangelo and Alberti.

The advance of human knowledge was not an easy road and it often required challenging the current “authority.” This often exacted a personal price. Medicine benefited from the growing understanding of botany, alchemy, anatomy, and art. This talk will fill in some of the details of why, even with this growing understanding, magic and the Philosopher’s Stone retained such enduring appeal. For the full talk abstract, please see

Dr. Powell is Professor of Pathology (Neuropathology) and directs the Clinical Electron Microscopy service at UC San Diego Medical Center.  He teaches medical and pharmacy students and co-directs the Histology and Pathology “threads” for the School of Medicine.  His work has focused on pathology of the peripheral nervous system and he has produced about two hundred publications related to his research interests in the effects of diabetes on the peripheral nervous system.  From 2006-2007 he served as chair of the divisional Academic Senate at UC San Diego, and from 2008-2010 as Vice Chair and Chair of the systemwide Academic Council and Faculty Representative to the UC Regents.  Dr Powell’s interests include the history of medicine as well as the history of recorded music.

Space is limited so RSVP at as soon as possible in order to reserve a seat.  Feel free to bring a discreet lunch; cookies and water will be provided.


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Do You Miss Google Scholar?

Google recently moved their menu items around and Google Scholar is no longer in the top menu.  In addition to being annoying for fans of the product, it also means that if you do a search in “regular” Google, you can’t just flip over and redo the same result in Google Scholar. Instead, you have to go digging through their “more” menus.

Scholarfy is a new “bookmarklet” tool designed by Johan Ugander of Cornell University. It’s super simple to set it up from the Scholarfy page.  For Firefox or Chrome users, just follow the directions to drag Scholarfy to your bookmark toolbar.  In Internet Explorer, right-click the link to the actual bookmarklet, and add it to Favorites, selecting the Favorites bar as the location.

Now, after you do a Google web search, you can just click Scholarfy on your bookmark/favorites toolbar to redo your search in Google Scholar.

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Spring Workshops Now Available

Our workshops for Spring quarter are now available for signups.  Is this the quarter you get around to learning End-Note, Google tools or Visio?  How about brushing up on photo editing to improve images for your presentations?  All sessions are held at the Biomedical Library’s computer classroom.





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UCSD Research In the News: Regular Chocolate Eaters Are Slimmer

Dr. Beatrice Golomb and her colleagues have received a lot of national press coverage of this research today:

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Transforming the Healthcare Experience through the Arts

On March 22 from 12-1 pm, Blair L. Sadler, J.D. will speak about “Transforming the Healthcare Experience Through the Arts” in the Biomedical Library Events Room.

He will address how hospitals have discovered that there are many highly effective low cost ways to transform a patient’s health care experience using art, music and other techniques.

Mr. Sadler is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and a member of the faculty at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Rady School of Management. He served as President and CEO of Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego from 1980 until 2006.

He served on the Board of the Center for Health Design for 18 years, and has been heavily involved in developing the business case for building better hospitals through evidence-based design.  He is the lead author of the article “Fable Hospital 2.0: the business case for building better health care facilities” (2011) on building optimally safe, low-stress hospitals through evidence-based design.

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of the Arts in Health Care, and co-author of Transforming the Healthcare Experience through the Arts (2009).

Previously, he served as a Law Clerk for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, medical-legal specialist for the National Institutes of Health, faculty member at Yale University, senior officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and senior executive at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hastings Center.  He is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Space is limited so RSVP as soon as possible in order to reserve a seat.  Feel free to bring a discreet lunch; cookies and water will be provided.

UPDATE: audio, slides and the video shown in the lecture are now online on our Events page.

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