Innovator Adrian Kantrowitz Added to Profiles in Science

In July, Profiles in Science, the National Library of Medicine Web site celebrating leaders in biomedical research and public health, added an extensive selection of the papers of Adrian Kantrowitz, MD (1918-2008). Kantrowitz was known for performing the world’s second human heart transplant, and as a medical inventor who helped to revolutionize cardiac care by…

Increasing Free Access to Health Research

The National Library of Medicine and two Canadian health institutes are teaming up to provide  free access to Canadian health research. The NLM entered into a three-way partnership to establish PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada), a national digital repository of peer-reviewed health and life sciences literature. The Web-based repository will be searchable, permanent, and freely accessible. It…

CORE Subset of SNOMED CT Now Available

The first release of the Clinical Observations Recording and Encoding (CORE)  subset is complete and will help facilitate the use of Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine—Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) for coding problem list data in Electronic Health Records (EHRs), as well as use of EHRs to improve patient safety, health care quality, and the exchange of…

Toothbrush Tribute

In a world dominated by computers, cell phones, digital cameras, and flashy automobiles, the lowly toothbrush was selected in a survey as the most important household device in the United States. Good brushing is that important! The first mass-produced toothbrush was cobbled together by William Addis, who while incarcerated in an English jail in 1780 for…

NLM & AAHSL Continue the Leadership Fellows Program

For the seventh consecutive year, the National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) are co-sponsoring the Leadership Fellows Program, which prepares emerging leaders to assume the directorships of academic health center libraries. Since the program’s inception in 2002, 35 fellows have participated and 13 former fellows have become directors.…