July 23, 2009

Dental education at UM (exhibit)

If you'd like to learn more about the nature of dentistry education at the University of Michigan, be sure to check out this new online exhibit on the HSL homepage!

The exhibit features photographs of the Dentistry Library as it evolved on North University Street, before its recent move to the Taubman Medical Library, and a series of images of the "Annual Announcement," describing the School of Dentistry and the dentistry program as they were in the year 1900.

You may also view a slideshare version of this exhibit:

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April 15, 2009

Making the American Mouth

Recent UM graduate Alyssa Picard was interviewed by the Boston Globe about her book, Making the American Mouth: Dentists and Pubic Health in the Twentieth Century, published by Rutgers University Press.


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February 05, 2009

Dental Patent #1: 1876, Dental Articulators

We are beginning a new series which we hope you will enjoy. Some years ago the Dentistry Library had the opportunity to acquire a collection of historic dental patents covering the late 1800s through the early 1900s. The collection is intriguing for several reasons. Most important, the collection includes copies of patents award to such notables of dental history as Claudius Ash, Samuel S. White, and William Taggart.

The collection is of patents from the United Kingdom, but includes a great many American inventors. The reason for this is that it was more difficult to gain patents in the USA, so a common strategy was to first apply for a UK or European continental patent, and to use that patent to establish precedence in the American patent application process. You can find patents from New York, Florida, South Carolina as well as Austria, France and of course England.

The variety of careers represented is also curious. Many of the dental patents actually came not from dentists, but from engineers, jewelers, and people who identified themselves as Gentlemen or Gentlelady.

We have a partial finding aid available:


Currently we are seeking support to complete the finding aid and find new ways to make this unusual collection more available to the public. As we begin this process, for the next few weeks we will highlight one patent per week, illustrating some of the more interesting aspects of the collection.

Our first highlighted patent is the earliest one in the collection, from 1876 on dental articulators.

AUTHOR: Davidson, George Gensee.
CLASS: Dental Articulators.
ADDRESS: 415 Old Kent Road, Lambeth, UK
TITLE: Improvements in the Construction of Dental Articulators
APPLICATION DATE: January 5, 1876
AWARD DATE: April 19, 1876

Here is an image of the key innovation.

Dental Patents

Here are other images from this patent.

Let us know what you think of this project. You can send email to the Health Science Libraries at hslibraries@umich.edu, or add comments to this blogpost or the images in Flickr. We look forward to your feedback.

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December 04, 2008

WD Miller: Scientific Pioneer of Dentistry

Last year we released the online version of Willoughby Dayton Miller's personal pamphlet collection.

Broschüren. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?page=browse;c=dentalj;key=title;cc=dentalj;value=b

This was done in honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of the great man. Other events around this memorial included exhibits done in both the Sindecuse Museum and the Dentistry Library, as well as presentations. Here are the final slides from one of the presentations that was given.

You might also be interested in these images from the real exhibit.

Flickr: WD Miller, Scientific Pioneer of Dentistry: http://flickr.com/photos/rosefirerising/sets/72157601456908704/

WD  Miller, Scientific Pioneer of Dentistry

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March 28, 2008

Dental History Flickr Collection Gets Blogged!

Earlier this month a couple of notable and interesting blogs highlighted the online dental history image collection hosted by yours truly in Flickr. You might enjoy seeing what they picked out as interesting images, and you might enjoy browsing the collection itself.

Into the Blogosphere - b00kn3rd

b00kn3rd: Teeth: http://bookn3rd.com/?p=18

Into the Blogosphere - Morbid Anatomy

Morbid Anatomy: University of Michigan Dental Library's Flickr Collection: http://morbidanatomy.blogspot.com/2008/03/university-of-michigan-dental-librarys.html

Want more? Check here:

Flickr: Dental History Image Collection

Flickr: RosefireRising: Collections: Dentistry: http://flickr.com/photos/rosefirerising/collections/72157600001949538/

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August 12, 2007

"For Each Child the Mother Loses a Tooth" - Where Did it Start?

In 1740, Joannus Baptista Mongin wrote a short (7 page) work describing pregnancy as a risk factor for tooth loss. You may remember the old saying, "for every child, the mother loses a tooth"? Well, perhaps this is where it began. The original book is in the Rare Book collections of the Dentistry Library, but for those who would like to take a look at this without coming to the library, here are images of the original pages in Latin.

Flickr: Mongin on the Teeth of Pregnant Women:

Mongin on the Teeth of Pregnant Women, page 1

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July 27, 2007

History of British Orthodontics (New Article)

In Britain, there was a professional society for orthodontics in 1907, but the orthodontics wasn't legally recognized as a specialty until 1999. What happened? You can find out here:

Taylor GS, Nicolson M. The Emergence of Orthodontics as a Specialty in Britain: The Role of the British Society for the Study of Orthodontics. Med Hist. 2007 July 1; 51(3): 379–398. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1894876

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July 24, 2007

Virtual Exhibit: Women & Children First

We are about to take down our exhibit, "Women and Children First". The topic of the exhibit was to look at how the insights of mothers and teachers about the oral health concerns of children shaped the focus and importance of dentistry as it evolved in the United States. Don't worry -- you haven't missed it, though! If you want to see parts of the exhibit, you can visit the Flickr photo collection to explore the photos and descriptions.

Flickr: Women and Children First: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosefirerising/sets/72157594577380706/

Don't have that much time? Watch this slideshow version made with SlideFlickr. (NOTE: You can click "fast" if you are really in a hurry.)


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March 17, 2007

Online Exhibit & Gallery: Conjoined Twins

The National Library of Medicine has an online exhibit about the history , science, and treatment of conjoined twins. This includes information about Craniophagus, twins joined at the head.

NIH: NLM: History of Medicine: rom 'Monsters' to Modern Medical Miracles Home > Marvels on Exhibit (15th through 18th-centuries): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/conjoined/

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March 08, 2007

Entry #200!: International Women's Day & Exhibit: Women & Children First

In honor of International Women's Day, the Dentistry Library would like to direct your attention to our current exhibit:

Women and Children First: The Origins of Hygiene and Preventive Care in Dentistry.

Preventive care in dentistry was inspired in large part by the needs of children and through the determination and inspiration of women. In short, dentistry would not be what it is today without women and children.

If you haven't had a chance to see it yet, please stop by the library to see our exhibit. If you can't make it to the library, you can find a selection of some of the images here.

Women and Children First: The Origins of Hygiene and Preventive Care in Dentistry: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosefirerising/sets/72157594577380706/

International Women's Day: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

"Celebrated on 8 March, International Women's Day (IWD) is the global day connecting all women around the world and inspiring them to achieve their full potential. IWD celebrates the collective power of women past, present and future."

My thanks to Valentina G. for bringing this event to my attention.

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New Rare Book: Clendon's Dental Surgery from 1856

The Dentistry Library just received a copy of the 1856 text by J. C. Clendon on dental surgery.

This is an essay describing the reason for basic science education as a foundation for oral surgery and treatment decisions, based on the state of the knowledge at the time. Dr. Clendon was a a physician with membership in the Royal College of Surgeons, specializing in dental and oral surgery.

Since this was a short work, before shelving it in our Rare Book Room, I took a few pictures of the pages for those who are interested in further information about this work.

Clendon, J. C. An Introductory Lecture on Dental Surgery. American Medical Journal (March 29th 1856) [reprint]. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosefirerising/sets/72157594574537488/

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January 30, 2007

Need Pics for Powerpoint? Check out Flickr -- History, Art, Pathology, Implants, and Much More

There are a lot of sources for images that you could use in your teaching, presentations, and research. You have probably already tried Google Images, which is one of the very finest image search engines. So, if Google Images is so cool, why do I want to talk about Flickr?

In Google Images, you do a search just like for web pages, by typing in keywords that describe what you want. Google finds images that have that word near the image. Sometimes the image is right on target, sometimes it is really strange. In Google Image searches there is also the question of licensing, how to find out who owns the image, is it copyrighted, and can you get permission to use it. Answering those questions can take a lot of work.

In Flickr, you can search, just like in Google, but that isn't the best feature. What makes Flickr so powerful are three main factors.

First, currency. People tend to be loading new images every day of events right around them. This has made Flickr a popular source of images for low end or local news media.

Second, groups. People with similar interests will add their images to a shared collection. Find the collection or group that matches, and you have a much better chance of finding an image that meets your need. This also puts you in touch with people who are creating the type of images you want and find useful, and you can follow that person's new work, if you wish. Flickr will even let you search for pictures just in a group.

For example, the Dentistry Library and Sindecuse Museum are both adding images to a Flickr group for images on the history and art of dentistry. You can go to that group and search for "GV Black" or "Jonathan Taft" or Michigan or bitemark or ... well, you get the idea. If you search in "dentalhistory" for "Michigan", what you find will be more connected with dentistry in Michigan than if you searched "Michigan" in either all of Flickr or Google.

Flickr: History & Art of Dentistry: http://www.flickr.com/groups/dentalhistory/

Third, licensing. In Flickr, the authors are allowed to define the level of access and licensing they wish attached to their images. As soon as you find an image, you can check to see what is expected and what you can or cannot do with the image. Now, this has its good parts and less good parts. Some people choose to block their images from showing to anyone who does not have a Flickr account. Just remember, that if you want to see everything, you might want to consider joining Flickr -- it's free! If you have a Flickr account, you can send messages to someone to ask permission to use one of their images, even if you don't know their e-mail address, so that is another advantage.

Here are some other dental-themed Flickr groups.

Dental Photography: http://flickr.com/groups/12745983@N00/

Street Dentistry: http://flickr.com/groups/streetdentistry/

Dentistry: http://flickr.com/groups/88473280@N00/

The Dentistry Library is planning to have a class on Flickr in the Bootcamp series, so please stay tuned!

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January 16, 2007

Recipes for Dental and Other Patients

There are many different ways in which food and cooking is important to dentists and their patients. A patient might have TMJ, problems either chewing or swallowing, sensitive teeth, be wearing braces, avoiding sugar, or have other concerns. There are even recipes for how to make your own toothpaste or mouthwash! Often recipes of interest to patients in one of these groups might be helpful for other patients as well.

The Dentistry Library has a number of cookbooks available for patients in the Consumer Health section of our Reference collection. You can find these books listed in MIRLYN by searching "Cookery" as a subject heading, or the textwords "Recipes" or "Cookbook", and then refine the search to just the Dentistry Library.

In addition to our books, here are a few websites of interest on this topic.

Cathy's EC Cafe (Esophageal Cancer): http://www.eccafe.org/cnt/index.html

Dr. William Trepp, Orthodontic Specialist: Soothing Recipes: http://www.orthodontics.org/recipe.htm

Eating to Win: http://website.lineone.net/~brittan/Food/

TMJ Friends Message Board: Life: Nutrition, Recipes, Eating Concerns: Random Soft or No Chew Recipes: http://www.tmjfriends.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-860.html

Zajaczkowa, Jadwiga. A selection of dental hygiene and mouthwash products from a variety of Medieval and Renaissance sources.


You can explore, look for more, or find books to buy in the following Google search.

Google Search: ("no chew" OR swallowing OR dysphagia OR tmj OR esophageal OR oesophageal) recipes

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January 11, 2007

African-American Dentists in the Military

I just discovered this marvelous free online book documenting just a few of the challenges and achievements of early efforts to promote diversity in the US Dental Corps. Along with this, please also note recent news articles highlighting the achievements of specific African American dentists in their local communities.

Hyson, John M. African-American Dental Surgeons and the U.S. Army Dental Corps, a Struggle for Acceptance, 1901-1919

"The author began collecting any data he found on African-American dental officers as a matter of policy. The material sat dormant until 1992 when a planning grant proposal for a museum exhibition on African-American dentistry was under consideration at the University of Maryland. With a mad rush, the author dug into his files for the material collected on black dentists, thus was spawned the present manuscript."

Dr. William Morgan was a Tuskegee airman. Star Tribune January 10, 2007. http://www.startribune.com/466/story/929067.html

"The dentist, who was a pioneering black fighter pilot during World War II, moved from a Pittsburgh practice to Wanamingo, Minn., in the 1960s."

Bibb's 1st black BOE member dead at 69
By Phillip Ramati
Macon Telegraph Thu, Jan. 11, 2007

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The King's Crown: Auctioning Off Elvis

Once upon a time, Elvis was performing, knocked himself in the mouth with a microphone, and cracked a tooth. A crown made for this event and an impression of Elvis's mouth are currently being auctioned off on eBay.

News & Observer: Check It Out: The King's Crown: http://www.newsobserver.com/105/story/531035.html

eBay: Elvis Crown and Teeth Model

Bidding ends Sunday, for those enquiring minds that want to know.

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December 06, 2006

Neanderthal's Molars, Future Genius, Scientific Fraud, & Diagnosis in Diversity: Article Highlights from Science Journals

Interesting articles selected from new issues of Nature and Science. NOTE: You must be a UM patron to have access to these. If you are a UM patron and have trouble accessing the articles linked below, try using on on-campus computer, or accessing the articles from the Electronic Journals page.

Scientific American: Oral and Whole Body Health:

"It's a first step on the journey as we work together to uncover the most important and factual information there is regarding the important role good oral health can play in achieving whole body wellness."

How Neanderthal molar teeth grew
Roberto Macchiarelli et al.
Abstract: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v444/n7120/abs/nature05314.html

"Here we show that the timing of molar crown and root completion in Neanderthals matches those known for modern humans but that a more complex enamel–dentine junction morphology and a late peak in root extension rate sets them apart."

Futures: Awakening the genius within, Revolution in the head.
Daniel Gregory

"Teetering on the knife-edge, the humans struggled against the Inspiron and the talent that it could give them."

The right tools can save lives
Effective diagnosis, paired with treatment, for developing-world
diseases can have far-reaching impacts, says the Global Health
Diagnostics Forum.

"The Forum has defined the need and impact of diagnostics for six devastating disease groups. Now we challenge scientists, technology developers, funding agencies, policy-makers, international governmental and aid organizations, investors and diagnostic companies to work together to take this forward. A coordinated approach is needed so that appropriate diagnostics can achieve the promised impact."

Donald Kennedy
Responding to Fraud
Science 1 December 2006

"The committee was asked to make a thorough and unsparing analysis of Science's handling of both papers and to make recommendations for changes in procedure that might protect both the journal and the scientific community from further unfortunate outcomes of this kind.

The report, and a short response from Science, are available at www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/314/5804/1353/DC1."

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December 01, 2006

AIDS Day Posters

World AIDS Day is a time for awareness of how this disease has changed all of our lives, whether we know someone with AIDS, someone who died of AIDS or not.

Today's highlight is a collection of public health posters from the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library from UCLA.

UCLA: Darling Biomedical Library: AIDS Posters: http://digital.library.ucla.edu/aidsposters/

Here are some other interesting resources from libraries about AIDS & HIV.

UCSF Library: Galen: AIDS History Project: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collres/archives/ahp/

BUMC Medical Library: Boston AIDS Information Outreach Project: Finding HIV/AIDS Information on the Web Tutorial: http://med-libwww.bu.edu/library/tutorial/index.html

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September 20, 2006

World's Oldest Child (Fossils)

Today, from National Geographic News, came the announcement of the discovery of a 3.3 million years old fossilized toddler.

"Lucy's Baby" -- World's Oldest Child -- Found by Fossil Hunters
James Owen
for National Geographic News
September 20, 2006

"Found in sandstone in the Dikika area, the remains include a remarkably well preserved skull, milk teeth, tiny fingers, a torso, a foot, and a kneecap no bigger than a dried pea."

More information is available from other news sources.

Three million-year-old skeleton fills in missing link
By Mark Henderson, Science Editor of The Times

"Another interesting feature is the hyoid or tongue bone, which has never been found before in a species older than Neanderthal man. It influences the voice box and is important to the debate about the origins of human speech. Selam’s hyoid is much more similar to that of modern apes than humans, suggesting that A. afarensis was not capable of language."

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September 02, 2006

Foundations of Dentistry In Egypt

The single best podcast series I've found on the sciences is Science & the City from NYAS.

Science & the City (New York Academy of the Sciences): Podcasts: http://www.nyas.org/snc/podcasts.asp

Their current entry discusses the foundations of dentistry in ancient Egypt.

S&C Podcast | posted Sep 1, 2006
Egypt, Cradle of Science
Ismail Serageldin

"Know what Cleopatra's contribution to science was? Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria, opened the four-day international BioVision life sciences meeting there in April 2006 with a lecture tracing Egypt's contributions to scientific progress from ancient to modern times. In Science in Egypt from Imhotep to Zewail, Serageldin describes how the foundations of medicine, dentistry, library science, astronomy, geography and more were laid in Egypt. Provided through a partnership between the New York Academy of Sciences and the Library of Alexandria.

http://www.nyas.org/podcasts/snc/Serageldin.mp3 (11MB)

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August 05, 2006

Historical Photos: Dental Promotion Campaigns

Case Western Reserve University: Dittrick Medical History Center: Photography of Dental Care Campaigns 1909 -1919: http://www.case.edu/artsci/dittrick/site2/pics/dental.htm

This marvelous little online exhibit begins with a few photos, but continues with stories about how dentistry used to be. No horror stories, just the origins of dental hygiene, what a dental exam was like before x-rays, and other interesting tidbits from Cleveland in the early 1900s.

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June 21, 2006

A Return to the Focal Infection Theory? Dentistry and Systemic Diseases

While preparing our forthcoming exhibit on the history of dentistry in Michigan, I stumbled across a clever little rhyme that was presented in the entertainment column of the MDA Journal.

There was a little man and he had a little fang
And a billion or so of strepto bugs were in it.
A dentist of renown said I'll put thereon a crown,
For I need all the money there is in it.
Thereupon he made a start; The bugs traveled to the heart,
Of the little man, I really hate to sing it,
For soon there was no little fang, There was no little man,
The tale's too sad, I can't go on, Oh why did I begin it?
Buzzer, A. [pseud.?] "Saydiograms." Michigan State Dental Society Bulletin (June 1924) 6:28.

With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to highlight a few of this year's articles on the relationship between periodontal disease and various systemic diseases, a recently resurfacing concept very similar to the earlier discredited focal infection theory which, in its heyday, gave rise to the rhyme above.

Each of the articles below was published this year, and either describes a systemic disease as a complication of periodontal diseases or describes periodontal disease as a risk factor for the systemic disease. The Shetty article proposes a mechanism for this -- that the periodontal infection may contribute to immunosuppression.

Al-Zahrani MS. Kayal RA. Bissada NF. Periodontitis and cardiovascular disease: a review of shared risk factors and new findings supporting a causality hypothesis. Quintessence International. 37(1):11-8, 2006 Jan.
UI: 16429698

D'Aiuto F. Parkar M. Nibali L. Suvan J. Lessem J. Tonetti MS. Periodontal infections cause changes in traditional and novel cardiovascular risk factors: results from a randomized controlled clinical trial. American Heart Journal. 151(5):977-84, 2006 May.
UI: 16644317

Moss KL. Mauriello S. Ruvo AT. Offenbacher S. White RP Jr. Beck JD. Reliability of third molar probing measures and the systemic impact of third molar periodontal pathology. Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. 64(4):652-8, 2006 Apr.
UI: 16546645

Schara R. Medvescek M. Skaleric U. Periodontal disease and diabetes metabolic control: a full-mouth disinfection approach. Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology. 8(2):61-6, 2006 Apr.
UI: 16623181

Shetty K. The role of salivary cytokines in the etiology and progression of periodontal disease. General Dentistry. 54(2):140-3; quiz 144, 2006 Mar-Apr.
UI: 16689073

Xiong X. Buekens P. Fraser WD. Beck J. Offenbacher S. Periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a systematic review. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 113(2):135-43, 2006 Feb.
UI: 16411989

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April 26, 2006

Final Congressional Report on Response to Hurricane Katrina

I know many people in our School were involved at various levels with the response to Hurricane Katrina. In addition, the School has many persons involved with planning for disaster and emergency response. In light of these, you may be interested in the final Congressional report on Hurricane Katrina.

Congressional Reports: H. Rpt. 109-377 – A Failure of Initiative: Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/serialset/creports/katrina.html

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April 05, 2006

The Oldest Profession -- Dentistry?

New research published in the journal NATURE today shows that dentistry is 4,000 years older than previously thought.

A. Coppa, L. Bondioli, A. Cucina, D. W. Frayer, C. Jarrige, J. -F. Jarrige, G. Quivron, M. Rossi, M. Vidale and R. Macchiarelli
Palaeontology: Early Neolithic tradition of dentistry.
Nature 440(7085):755-756.
http://www.nature.com.proxy.lib.umich.edu/nature/journal/v440/n7085/full/440755a.html [Access limited to the University of Michigan]

"Prehistoric evidence for the drilling of human teeth in vivo has so far been limited to isolated cases from less than six millennia ago. Here we describe eleven drilled molar crowns from nine adults discovered in a Neolithic graveyard in Pakistan that dates from 7,500–9,000 years ago. These findings provide evidence for a long tradition of a type of proto-dentistry in an early farming culture."

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April 03, 2006

Women Leaders in Health Care: Changing the Face of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine's online exhibit, Changing the Face of Medicine, highlights the contributions of women physicians to healthcare. This marvelous exhibit include biographies, photos, personal statements, and interviews with many those several hundred women physicians who are highlighted. The interviews describe their inspirations and mentors, and make for fascinating reading.

National Library of Medicine (with the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health and the American Medical Women's Association): Changing the Face of Medicine: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/changingthefaceofmedicine/

"Discover the many ways that women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine. The individuals featured here provide an intriguing glimpse of the broader community of women doctors who are making a difference. The National Library of Medicine is pleased to present this exhibition honoring the lives and accomplishments of these women in the hope of inspiring a new generation of medical pioneers."

Highlighted from Michigan are:

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March 07, 2006

Archive Grid: Resource for Historical Research

Check this out, folks -- a very useful resource for historical research.

ArchiveGrid: http://archivegrid.org/web/jsp/index.jsp

"ArchiveGrid is an important destination for searching through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world."

It doesn't just search archives, but also museums, historical societies and research centers. Here are a couple example searches to give you an idea how useful it can be.


Jonathan Taft

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March 06, 2006

GV Black Collection

Northwestern University's Galter Health SmartLibrary has announced its online finding aid to resources in the G. V. Black collection. This resource is available online, enriched with many photos, and soon to be searchable.

Guide to the G.V. Black Manuscripts, Correspondence and Photographs in the Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University
Portrait of G.V. Black: http://www.galter.northwestern.edu/gvblack/

"The Northwestern University G.V. Black collection contains 43 manuscripts, 100 letters and photographs covering the period between 1867 and 1915. Some of the more important items in the collection are: correspondence between Dr. Black and Dr. Frederick S. McKay from the turn of the century that focus on mottled enamel of teeth and early hypotheses on water and fluoridation; correspondence, program announcements and other ephemera from the World Dental Congress held in conjunction with the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893; a manuscript on zoo chemistry."

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New Medical History Database Online Free

Heirs of Hippocrates: The Development of Medicine in a Catalogue of Historic Books in the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the University of Iowa:

"The University of Iowa Libraries is pleased to make available this web based version of Heirs of Hippocrates. Now in its third edition (1991), Heirs ... is recognized by librarians, medical historians, and book collectors, as a source of authority that has rightly taken its place as one of the premier reference books on the history of medicine and medical bibliography.

It should be noted that the digital version is not intended to and cannot replace the print edition, which will continue to be available for purchase. This new version can, however, provide access to the contents in new ways. Not only is the entire text searchable but the interface is designed to accommodate complex search queries on specific fields. In addition, since the medium is electronic, entries on additional works can be added to the database as they are acquired."

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March 02, 2006

Museum of Osteology (and More)

Planning your summer vacation? Check out the Museum of Osteology:


Right now, they are still a mostly virtual presence, but their web site shows many photos of exhibits in progress. They hope to be open to the public soon, hopefully by summer.

While they are in development, you might wish to visit these osteology resources instead.

Forensic Anthropology and Human Osteology Resources: http://www.forensicanthro.com/forensic-resources/

Human Osteology (University of Utah, V. Craigle): http://medlib.med.utah.edu/kw/osteo/osteology/

National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian): Osteology, Hall of Bones: http://www.mnh.si.edu/museum/VirtualTour/Tour/Second/Bones/index.html

Virtual Skeleton: Human Osteology: http://www.uwyo.edu/RealLearning/4210qtvr.html

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February 20, 2006

Dental Historic Collection: Taft and Ramfjord and More

The Digital Library Production Service (DLPS), in conjunction with the Dentistry Library, is pleased to announce the availability of the Dental Historic Collection at


This collection of important and unusual dental publications is comprised of both books and journals. Titles included have been selected for reasons of historical interest, value to the profession, rarity, or a need for preservation of the physical items. Highlights of the collection include such titles as A Practical Treatise on Operative Dentistry by Jonathan Taft, the masters thesis of Sigurd Ramfjord, and the Transactions of the American Dental Association.

While much of Dental Historical Collection is available to the public, those portions restricted to UM campus-use are noted as such.

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February 10, 2006

Hispanic Culture and Contributions in Dentistry

In keeping with our tradition of diversity-themed exhibits during February and March, the Dentistry Library is pleased to announce our newest exhibit:

     Hispanic Culture and Contributions in Dentistry

Find out more about dentists in the Cuban Ladder Conspiracy, the Brazilian dentist with his own national holiday, traditions of dental modifications then and now, and much more.

The exhibit is currently available in the Dentistry Library, and will be available through the end of April. The companion website will be available by the end of February at this URL:


Currently available online, we have a PDF of the exhibit guide:


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January 27, 2006

Disaster Preparedness Resources (Lessons from Katrina)

If you weren't able to make it to yesterday's videoconference, Lessons from Katrina, Improving Emergency Preparedness Plans, a lot of the information is available in other formats. The items from LSU closely support the content presented in the presentations, including a free online book. Additional links were recommended by the conference organizers. Notice the UM connection?

LSU Media Tip Sheet and Other Hurricane Experts and Resources:

Louisiana State University (LSU): Office of Public Affairs: LSU in the Eye of the Storm (online book, pdf [1.41.MB]):
http://www.lsu.edu/pa/book/ or

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Mitigation Division: Disaster Resistant Universities Page

Society for College and University Planning: Higher Ed Crisis/Emergency Management Planning - News & Plans (It is managed by University of Michigan undergraduate student, Steve DiDomenico):

How Prepared Are America's Colleges and Universities for Major Crises / Ian I. Mitroff, Michael A. Diamond, and C. Murat Alpaslan:
(With permission from the authors; article originally appeared in the
January-February 2006 issue of Change magazine):

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January 25, 2006

Homeopathy Collections

The Digital Library Production Service and Taubman Medical Library are pleased to announce the availability of the Homeopathy Collection. A project is currently underway to scan 500 books in the Homeopathy Collection of Taubman Medical Library and make their full text available online. The search interface for the Homeopathy documents available online to the general public is located at:


The homeopathy collection at the University of Michigan originated in the holdings of the Homeopathic Medical College, first established as part of the University in Ann Arbor in 1875. The Homeopathic Medical College existed concurrently with the allopathic Medical School until 1922. There was also a Homeopathic Hospital in existence locally from 1879 until 1891.

The collection itself contains items dating from the mid-1800's to the present day. Although not being digitized at this time, of particular interest is the Bradford Homeopathy Collection, which is composed of 1027 pamphlets that detail 75 years of the history and development of the field of homeopathic medicine. Along with the holdings of the former Homeopathic Library, these pamphlets constitute one of the most complete collections on the subject.


The UM School of Dentistry shared space with the Homeopathic Medical College in its early days. Dr. Taft, the founding Dean of the School of Dentistry, wrote about the profession of homeopathy in his journal, Dental Register of the West. Some stories about interactions between the two schools are in the exhibit on Dr. Taft's life.

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