Laws, Leaders, And Legends of the Modern National Library of Medicine (Essay)

Laws, Leaders, And Legends of the Modern National Library of Medicine (Essay)

INTRODUCTION These words, expressed at the time of NLM’s sesquicentennial by then President Ronald Reagan, attest to the integral part the library has played in fostering the nation’s biomedical research and public health agenda. This dynamic role would not have been fully realized had it not been for the laws, leaders, and legends of the […]

NFL Concussions and Common Sense: A Recipe for Medical Errors and a Lesson for Physician Leaders (Member Essay) (National Football League) (Philadelphia Eagles)

NFL Concussions and Common Sense: A Recipe for Medical Errors and a Lesson for Physician Leaders (Member Essay) (National Football League) (Philadelphia Eagles)

On the opening day of the 2010-2011 National Football League (NFL) season, the Philadelphia Eagles played the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Midway through the second period, two Eagles players suffered concussions. Quarterback Kevin Kolb was slammed head-first into the turf by Packers’ linebacker Clay Matthews, and shortly afterward Eagles […]

Controversial Medical Treatment and the Right to Health Care (Essays) (Essay)

Controversial Medical Treatment and the Right to Health Care (Essays) (Essay)

People have long argued that health care is a basic right that the government is obligated to provide. Our constitutional system, however, is notoriously lax in recognizing positive rights to state-funded resources. As a result, health care coverage for the more than forty million uninsured remains hostage to politics and the political process. A less […]

Medieval Arabic Medical Autobiography (Ibn Ridwan) (Critical Essay)

Medieval Arabic Medical Autobiography (Ibn Ridwan) (Critical Essay)

Posterity was not kind to Ibn Ridwan, the fifth/eleventh-century Cairene physician and self-proclaimed revisionist of the medical curriculum of his day. An example of this latter-day opinion is to be had from his earliest biographer al-Qifti (d. 646/1248) who concluded his Ta’rikh al-hukama’ on something of a sour note with the following account of Ibn […]

Prevention of Childhood Obesity should be an Integral Part of Prevention of Non Communicable Diseases (Commentary) (Essay)

Prevention of Childhood Obesity should be an Integral Part of Prevention of Non Communicable Diseases (Commentary) (Essay)

Diabetes and other major non communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and hypertension are lifestyle disorders. Modernization and industrialization cause lifestyle changes resulting in reduced physical activity, unhealthy changes in dietary habits consisting of intake of calorie-dense, refined sugars and fats and increased stress levels. These changes produce escalating rates of obesity and worsens […]

The Translational Sciences: A Rare Open Access Opportunity (Comment and Opinion) (National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy) (Viewpoint Essay)

The Translational Sciences: A Rare Open Access Opportunity (Comment and Opinion) (National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy) (Viewpoint Essay)

Health sciences librarians serve society by making needed health-related information available to our users. The Medical Library Association’s (MLA’s) slogan, “Professionals providing quality information for improved health”; the 2010 revised MLA Code of Ethics [1]; and the American Library Association’s code of ethics [2] all reflect our profession’s central purpose. One formal research study on […]