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EndNote Essentials Workshop

This workshop provides extensive hands-on experience with EndNote. Topics include working with EndNote libraries, importing references from PubMed and other databases, managing journal titles, and writing with EndNote in MS Word.

Space is limited, so registration is required at:

For more information contact Countway Library Reference & Education Services: countref@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-2134


Date: 2014-05-15
Time: 09:30:00 - 12:30:00
Location: Countway Library, Room 403

Health Information: Access for Developing Countries

This class provides an overview of the HINARI program from WHO. HINARI offers access to biomedical and health information. Clinical and educational institutions in developing and emerging countries are eligible to participate. We will also discuss other open access sources. If you are conducting research, volunteering, or returning to live in a developing or emerging country, you can help others become aware of and use these resources so they can find information and improve health.


Date: 2014-05-19
Time: 12:30:00 - 13:30:00
Location: Countway Ballard Room 5th floor

Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care

10th J. Worth Estes History of Medicine Lecture

Speaker: David S. Jones, MD, PhD, Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University

RSVP: Roz Vogel at rvogel@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-4807

Lecture Topic:

Every day, all over America, people visit their doctors with chest pain and other symptoms of coronary artery disease.  Each year over a million of them choose to undergo bypass surgery or angioplasty.  Are these decisions good ones?  Even though modern medicine has committed itself to an ideal of evidence-based medicine, with its clinical trials, meta-analyses, and practice guidelines, the answer is not always clear.  By looking closely at the history of these procedures, it is possible to understand some of the reasons why this is the case.  One problem is that clinical trial data has never monopolized medical decisions.  Doctors and patients also pay attention to how treatments work, and if an intervention directly addresses the perceived cause of a disease -- as often happens with surgery -- then doctors assume that it will work.  The challenge here is figuring out whether or not our understanding of the causes of disease is correct.  The history of thinking about heart attacks shows how complicated this can be.  Another problem is that clinical research generally often under-estimates the risk of medical interventions. It is easier to study the desired outcomes of an intervention than its expected or unexpected complications.  As a result, doctors often end up with more thorough knowledge of a procedure’s efficacy than of its risks, an asymmetry that introduces a bias in favor of medical intervention.

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Sponsored by the Boston Medical Library

Date: 2014-05-28
Time: 17:30:00 - 18:30:00
Location: Cannon Room, Bldg. C, HMS Quad, 240 Longwood Ave.

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