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Gerald Markowitz,PhD
Adjunct Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health

David Rosner, PhD
Ronald Lauterstein Professor, Sociomedical Sciences and History
Co-Director,Center for the History & Ethics of Public Health


Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children
California, University of California Press/Milbank Fund, 2013

Access to UpToDate has been expanded and now includes mobile app access.

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In this issue:

  • CUMC speaks through letters to the editor
  • New resources: Access Medicine & DSM-V (print)
  • Encrypted USB keys for sale
  • TPM explained ...

... and more

Print copies of DSM-5 are now available on reserve at the Health Sciences Library Circulation desk and in the New York State Psychiatric Institute Library.  Online access will be available in June.

Visit the American Psychiatric Association website for an overview of the changes and potential insurance implications.

During the month of March the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library conducted trials of two information resources, Lexicomp Online for Dentistry and MD Conference Express.  Following below are summaries of the responses we received via the online feedback survey.

Lexicomp Online for Dentistry

Usage data indicates that there were 196 logins however, only a small number of users responded to the survey. All respondents were from the College of Dental Medicine and most were already using the product that is provided by NewYork Presbyterian Hospital.  The Dentistry version of Lexicomp compared favorably, being viewed as slightly faster and easier to use.  Comments indicated that the pediatric prescriptions section and the breakdown by subspecialties are potentially useful.

Based on the feedback survey, usage data, librarian evaluations, and budget considerations the library will not be purchasing LexicompOnline for Dentistry this upcoming year.  We will continue to investigate the drug information needs of the College of Dental Medicine and will be open to reconsidering it in the future.

MD Conference Express

Similar to the Lexicomp Online for Dentistry trial the usage data for MD Conference Express indicates more users explored the product than responded to the survey. All respondents were affiliated with the College of Physicians and Surgeons and most identified as clinical faculty or researchers.  Respondents indicated that they do not often need to look for conference information and typically get conference information from professional journals, PubMed and colleagues.  The survey reflected that conference information is used to stay up to date and to inform research.  The respondents did not view the expert opinions in MD Conference Express as useful for their personal work.

Based on the unique content in this new type of information product the library will investigate a longer trial period.