21@601: Celebrating 21 Years at 601 W. Lombard – Luncheon and Exhibit

Monday, April 15, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (luncheon and panel discussion)
HS/HSL Gladhill Ballroom
Register for the luncheon  

Time Flies!  Almost 21 years ago on April 3, 1998 the current Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) building opened for business. Join us on April 15 for a celebration luncheon and panel discussion, 21@601: Looking Back/Looking Forward. The panelist will discuss the history of the building, changes over the years, and the future.P


  • Steven M. Foote, FAIA, president emeritus Perry Dean Rogers Partners Architects. Design principal for HS/HSL project (1992-1998)
  • Edward C. Kohls, FAIA, LEED AP, Vice President, Higher Education Design Studio Leader, JMT Architecture, Baltimore, Maryland. Principal, Design Collective/Perry Dean Rogers Partners Architects, Joint Venture for the HS/HSL project (1992-1998)
  • MJ Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, Executive Director, HS/HSL, UMB. HS/HSL Building Project Manager (1992-1998)

An exhibit highlighting major changes to the building will be on display on the 5th floor of the library from April 1, 2109 – May 24, 2019.

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Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan, “Nature’s Spring Sonata” Exhibition

Stop by and view Maryland’s artist and First Lady, Yumi Hogan’s exhibit “Nature’s Spring Sonata” in the HS/HSL’s Weise Gallery.  Mrs. Hogan’s works, made with sumi ink and hanji paper, display interpretations of her life, memories, and visually reflect those connections with nature.  More information about the exhibit can be found here. Additional information about the artist is available here.

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Whiteboard Project: What Do You Think About the New Booths

You guys are funny! We are glad to hear that you like the new booths. We have some exciting new furniture on the way that is going to please you…
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Enhancing Patient Outcomes through Clear Health Communication

Nurse and elderly man spending time together — Image by © Jose Luis Pelaez, Inc./Blend Images/Corbis

Are you aware of your patients’ ability to understand and act on the information you give them? There is evidence that health care providers overestimate what patients are able to understand. Low health literacy is associated with higher mortality, higher rates of hospitalization and readmission, and poor self-management skills for chronic disease. This workshop covers the basics of health literacy & clear communication including tools that will assist you in creating easy-to-read materials.

To learn how to better communicate with patients, attend an Enhancing Patient Outcomes through Clear Health Communication workshop on Mar. 14, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. or Apr. 23, 10 – 11 a.m., at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), Classroom LL03. Visit the HS/HSL website to register. Registration is encouraged but not required to attend.

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Walk-in Hours with the Writing Center at HS/HSL

Information about Writing Center walk-in hours at the HS/HSL

Email writingcenter@umaryland.edu with any questions.

The Writing Center and Library are teaming up to bring writing consultants to you. Every Wednesday, from 6-8 p.m. a writing consultant will be at the HS/HSL in Room 128 to consult on your writing. Take advantage of the opportunity to have someone offer constructive feedback on your work and help you become a more confident writer. These are walk in hours, no appointment is necessary!

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Advice and Studies on Love from Early UMB Graduates

St. Valentine’s Day is upon us, advice on how to spend the day is everywhere.  The goal of this post is not to add to this abundance of advice but to look back on how early UMB graduates studied love. 

The first, a humorous, pseudo-science article titled “The Science of Kissing” found in the 1899 Bones, Molars, and Briefs Yearbook.  Perhaps it’s important to note that early college and university yearbooks served as more than a volume of photographs documenting the events of the year; instead they were literary and satirical pieces, highlighting milestones as well as inside jokes and embarrassing stories. 

“The Science of Kissing” is an excellent example of applying literature and satire to the medical profession.  In this piece an anonymous—presumably medical—student argues against an article claiming that kissing is a dangerous pastime due to the passage of germs and bacteria.  Most likely the article alluded to did not exist.  In “The Science of Kissing” the student claims to have pursued his own experiments and proven that when done correctly and with the appropriate partner kissing can be beneficial.  The student states:

“Kisses, when selected with due care and taken on the installment plan, will not only restore a misplaced appetite, but are especially beneficial in cases of hay fever, as they banish that tired feeling’, tone up the liver, invigorate the heart, and make the blood to sing thro’ the system like a giant Jew’s harp. I found by patient experiment that the health microbe became active at fifteen, reaches maturity at twenty, begins to lose its vigor at forty, and is quite useless as a tonic when, as someone has tersely expressed it, a woman’s kisses begin to “taste of her teeth.” Thin, bluish lips produce very few health germs, and those scarce worth the harvesting; but a full, red mouth, with Cupid curves at the corners, will yield enormously if the crop be properly cultivated. I did not discover whether the blonde or brunette variety is entitled to precedence in medical science, but incline to the opinion that a judicious admixture is most advisable from a therapeutical standpoint.”

It sounds like kissing, when done correctly and with the right individual, could solve all our minor health issues! The student continues to give advice on how to best collect the health germs when the correct person is found:

The best results can be obtained about the midnight hour, when the dew is on the rose, the jasmine Iaid drunken with its own perfume, and the mockbird trilling alast good-night to its drowsy mate. You entice your best girl into the garden to watch Venus’ flaming orb hanging like the Kohinoor pendant from the crescent moon, You pause beneath the great gnarled live oak, its myriad leaves rustling softly as the wings of seraphs. Don’t be in a hurry, and for God’s sake don’t gab—in such a night silence is the acme of eloquence.” In such a night Trolius mounted the Trojan walls and sighed his soul toward the Grecian tents where Cressid lay.” She watches the fireflies respiring in phosphorescent flame, amid the clover blooms while you watch her, and twine a spray of honeysuckle in her hair. She looks very beautiful with her face upturned in the moonlight; but don’t say a word about it, for there’s a little of the poseur about all the daughters of Eve. She withdraws her eyes from the stars, slowly, turns them dreamily upon yours, and you note that they are filled with astral fire. They roam idly over the shadowy garden, then close as beneath a weight of weariness. Her head rests more heavily against your shoulder, and her bosom trembles with a half-audible sigh. There is now really no occasion for further delay. Do not swoop down upon the health germs like a hungry hen-hawk on a green gosling, but incline your head gently until your carefully deodorized breath is upon her lips—there pause, for the essence of enjoyment is in anticipation. The man who gulps down a glass of old wine without first inhaling its oenanthic and feasting his eyes upon its ruddy splendors, is simply a sot. Wait until you have noted the dark lashes reclining upon the cheek of sun-flushed snow, “the charm of married brows,” the throat of alabaster, the dimple in her chin, the wine-tint of her half-parted lips, with their glint of pearl—wait until her eyes half open, look inquiringly into yours, and close again, then cincture her gently but firmly with one arm, support her chin with the other hand, and give the health germs ample time to change their home. A kiss, to have any scientific value, should last one minute and seven seconds by Shrewsbury clock, and be repeated seven times, not in swift succession, but with the usual interval between wine at a symposiac.”

We here at the HS/HSL Historical Collections feel healthier already, just by reading this article

But perhaps you aren’t as lucky in love this Valentine’s Day and kissing will not be part of your day.  Perhaps, instead, you are looking for a cure for “The Effects of Disappointed Love.”  Not to worry, Joseph McCoy Sitler, 1928 graduate of the School of Medicine, has some advice for you in his dissertation of that title.

Sitler’s interesting dissertation differs from most at the time because it looks at a human emotion and mental state rather than an illness or disease or the anatomy of the body. Yet he claims it is an important ailment for doctors to consider:

“The subject, I have chosen as an Inaugural Dissertation, is one which from its novelty, may be deemed trifling, and uninteresting, but as it so materially concerns the health, happenings and welfare of that portion of the human family, whose lot it is to alleviate the misfortunes, and avert the miseries of ma imperiously demands our serious and considerate attention.”

Arguably, Sitler is an early proponent of mental health. He argues that all humans can be victims of this debilitating ailment no matter their disposition.  He also believes that many go without treatment because they 1) fail to seek treatment or 2) are treated for symptoms of an entirely different ailment.  His dissertation describes an early attempt to understand human emotion and mental health and how to help someone with deficiencies in this area.  Sitler identifies the best treatment for disappointed love as:

“…we should not as in the first which solely depends upon two much tone use the remunerative plan but rather endeavor to invigorate and strengthen the systems with mild but effective tonics.  The best of these is cheerful conversation and agreeable company.  Very often when medicine in all its forms initially fails to accomplish any desirable purpose towards the restoration of health a tour through some agreeable part of the country remote from the noise disturbances and ingeminated atmosphere of populous cities where the patient can enjoy the advantages of salubrious breezes accompanied by some intimate friend to whom she can communicate her sorrows and receive condolence will almost effect a total radical cure.”

Sitler puts lesser value in medical tonics and medicines but does acknowledge the value of mineral waters when combined with sea air:

“Mineral waters…are very useful in the disease.  Sea bathing has been practiced and its effects found to be very beneficial.  Perhaps a great many of the advantages supposed to be derived from the use of the sea bath ought to be attributed to the change of scenery and company which the patient experiences rather than the tonic influence it exerts over the human consumption.  Yet no doubt this is a powerful adjuvant to other measures.”

And with that should anyone look for us, we’ll be at the beach, soaking up the healing powers of the sea.  Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

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Google Dataset Search (Beta)

Google has launched a new search engine to facilitate identification and access to datasets. The new service captures metadata from thousands of data repositories and catalogs available on the web, making them searchable through a single discovery tool. 
UMB Data Catalog records are discoverable through Google Dataset Search. UMB researchers interested in submitting information about their datasets or finding out more about
the UMB Data Catalog (https://datacatalog.hshsl.umaryland.edu/) can email us.

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HS/HSL Closing at 10:00 pm, Monday, Feb. 11th Due to Inclement Weather

Due to poor weather conditions, the HS/HSL will be closing at 10:00 pm on
Monday, February 11th.
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Celebrate American Heart Month by Reading Historic UMB Theses on the Heart

February is American Heart Month.  To acknowledge this month, historical collections is highlighting unique materials on this vital organ.  First up, a series of historic dissertations and theses written by graduates of the School of Medicine from 1830 to 1884 on the heart.

These dissertations highlight the changing theories and teachings on diseases of the heart and its physiology.  When read from oldest to newest they provide a timeline of heart research of 19th century medical education at the University of Maryland.   

The earliest thesis from 1830 is philosophical, asking the question, “What is the principle of life?”  Dr. Mitchell believes it to be the heart. He states, “That the heart contains this principle [life] in a greater degree than any other part it distributes its vivifying influence to the remotest parts through the medicine of circulation.” His argument is that the heart is the most important organ in all the body, ruling all other systems and organs.  In 1830, a lot was unknown about the heart and circulation system, yet its importance was recognized and taught.

The later theses describe the way the blood flows through the heart and paint a picture of its anatomy. Trautman’s 1862 thesis states, “The heart can be divided into two separate organs, the right and left heart, or the heart of the respiratory; and the heart of the arterial circulation.” Indicating an early understanding of how the chambers of the heart work to control circulation throughout the body.

Interested in reading the theses?  Check them out in our Digital Archive.

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Library Supports Children’s Dental Health Month

Did you know that selected children’s oral health books can be checked out from the Health Sciences & Human Services Library (HS/HSL) to use when you talk with children?

Children’s Dental Health Month is a perfect opportunity to select books from the list of 22 recommended children’s books on oral health care, visiting the dentist, and general information about teeth. Many of the books are also available in Spanish.The booklist was created by the Maryland Dental Action Coalition in conjunction with the Health Sciences & Human Services Library. 

To view the list, click here.

Parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles are also welcomed to check out the books, too!

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