From the Historical Unit Collection: Dr. Will’s Microscope

One of the many artifacts in the Historical Unit’s collection is a microscope that was purchased by Dr. William Worrall Mayo.

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Dr. Will’s Microscope, purchased in 1869

He became fascinated with microscopy during his medical school training, and travels to other institutions increased his interest in this new technology. According to the Mayo family, he purchased at least two microscopes during his lifetime and mortgaged his home to purchase this one in 1869.

Dr. Mayo’s wife Louise was a bit hesitant to mortgage their home with the responsibility of four children and times being hard. However, she told Dr. Mayo, “Well, William, if you could do better by the people with this new microscope, and you really think you need it, we’ll do it.”

The story told is that the microscope cost $600 and took ten years to pay off the mortgage. Patients coming to Mayo Clinic did indeed benefit from the purchase of this microscope.

For more information about the history of the Mayo Clinic, and to see other artifacts in the collection, contact the Mayo Historical Unit and Archives.


Contributed to LibLog by:

Renee Ziemer
Coordinator of the Mayo Clinic Historical Unit


August 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm Leave a comment

Eau Claire Library Receives Historical Artifacts

The Mayo Clinic Library in Eau Claire recently received several important historical artifacts to be put on display.  These artifacts include framed pictures of two buildings there were early locations of the Midelfart Clinic. The clinic, founded in 1927 by Dr. Hans Christian Midelfart, later joined with Luther Hospital and became part of the Mayo Clinic Health System.

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The Schlegelmilch Building on the left and the Ingram Building on the right.

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Articles of Incorporation for Luther Hospital


Another artifact on display in the library is the original articles of incorporation for Luther Hospital.  This document, signed by the Secretary of State of Wisconsin, shows that the hospital was incorporated on May 11th, 1905. Fundraising and construction of the original hospital were completed in just three years, and the hospital officially opened its doors on August 30th, 1908.

The library also received two letters from Dr. William J Mayo, addressed to Dr. Midelfart. These letters show an early connection between Eau Claire and the Mayo Clinic, though it would be many years before the connection was made official.

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Letters from Dr. Will to Dr. Midelfart


The library staff are excited to have these artifacts on display and to share some of the rich history of the hospital and clinic in Eau Claire with our patrons.  The library also has a large collection of historical photos and memorabilia.

July 22, 2015 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

From the History of Medicine Collection: Japanese Ex-libris Stamps

November 1957 marked the commemoration of the 30th year of the establishment of the Japanese Medical Library Association. A collection of Zôshoin (an owner’s sign as it is referred to in Japan) was compiled by Tomio Ogata, President of the Japanese Medical Library Association, of the 46 members of the University Medical Libraries in Japan. This collection was presented to Mr. Thomas E. Keys, then Director of Mayo Medical Libraries. Mr. Keys took an extended trip to Asia in the early 1960’s and visited libraries in Japan, China, Taiwan and other exotic places. He forged close relationships with many librarians, including Mr. Ogata.

This unique collection was hidden away in the History of Medicine Library’s vertical files and is now available for study, reflection, display and general interest to Mayo Clinic patrons and users alike. It has been catalogued in Cuadra Star Knowledge Center for Archives (SKCA), the database used by Mayo Clinic for special collections and archives.

The collection consists of 46 individual sheets of hand-made Japanese paper known as washi. This paper had a front and back side to it, the front side being identified by a tiny Japanese character stamp meaning “front”. Each sheet shows the name and address of each university member of the medical libraries in Japan. There are also various other stamps in Japanese showing addresses, library director, acquisition and classification. Some of the sheets also have an embossed stamp.

Ex-libris stamps were first seen in China and brought to Japan. Japan’s oldest ex-libris ownership stamps trace back to the Nara period (810 to 1010 AD) where the Emperor Saga used “Sagain no in” and Arikuni Fujiwara, who had a mountain villa at Hino, used “Hokkaiji Bunko”, they were used by only a limited number of people such as in temples and shrines and by members of the privileged classes. However, as books became more common, and as scholars and persons of letters who collected books, grew in number, a wide variety of ex-libris ownership stamps were produced to satisfy this more widespread use. Stamps come in a variety of forms each showing its own special characteristic depending on the era in which it was used as well as the kind of place it was used in, and the person’s occupation and social standing in the case of a personal ownership stamp. Those used by the feudal lords were grandiose and imposing in their style and those used by men of letters had more refined texts and designs.

Special thanks go to Philip K. Hafferty, BA East Asian Studies, Harvard University, MA Japanese Art History, University of Washington at Seattle who kindly translated this collection for cataloguing purposes.

Contributed to LibLog by:

Hilary J. Lane
Coordinator, History of Medicine Library

June 17, 2015 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

give and takeAdam Grant, a professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, recently presented as part of the Ozmun Lecture series at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. His talk was entitled “Givers Take All: Driving Success by Building a Culture of Contributors”. A recording of his talk is available on the Mayo Video Exchange.

Professor Grant’s presentation was based on his 2013 book titled “Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success ”.

The main premise of “Give and Take” is that our old formulas for success no longer work. Hard work, passion, and talent are no longer enough. Grant feels that in order to succeed today, we must focus on networking, collaboration, and negotiation. He divides people into three groups: takers, matchers, and givers. Takers try to get all they can, matchers try to trade fairly, and givers try to contribute without expecting anything back.

Grant shows that the givers among us have far more success than the takers or matchers. Using a mixture of real-life examples and research studies, he illustrates that our ability to connect with others and give of ourselves is often more important than our own talents and abilities. “Give and Take” is an interesting mix of social science, economics, and business theory, and is sure to leave you feeling like you have something to give.

The Library has several copies of “Give and Take” available. Fill out this request form to request a copy. (for Mayo users only)

May 27, 2015 at 12:50 pm Leave a comment

Issue no. 53, March 2015

Feature Articles


Book Notes



March 27, 2015 at 11:33 am

Mayo Clinic Director of Libraries J. Michael Homan Retires

J. Michael Homan retired as Mayo Clinic Director of Libraries in December 2014 after 20 years at Mayo Clinic. His health sciences library career spanned more than 40 years which included significant changes in how knowledge is accessed and managed including the development of the Internet and preference in science and medicine for electronic journals as the primary source of knowledge content. We asked him a few questions at the close of his career.


March 27, 2015 at 11:28 am

Selected websites with authoritative information on drugs and supplements

Looking to find authoritative information on medications, drugs and supplements? The following are selected websites with authoritative information on drugs and supplements that you can use and also share with patients and family members.


Mayo Clinic/Micromedex®
Found on the Mayo website are links to both medications and supplements provided by Micromedex® in a easy to read format. Drugs and supplements are listed alphabetically and are linked to content that is divided into distinct chapters including generic and brand names, descriptions, what to consider prior to taking the medication or supplement, drug interactions, how to take the drug, dosing, storage, side effects, and a 1-800 number to call the Federal Drug Administration to report adverse reactions.

A consumer health website from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health which includes both prescription and over-the counter drugs using a search of either generic or brand name. Information includes overview of the drug or supplement, dosage, side effects, precautions and more.

Provides information on drugs approved for use in the United States, with content and labeling information from the Federal Drug Administration (packet inserts)

RX List/Pill Finder
This tool allows one to enter the imprint, color and shape of medicines in order to find out the name of the medication

National Institutes of Health website for clinical trial information for health care professionals and patients, including names of current drugs under investigation and clinical research

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Listing of many botanicals used as a complement to traditional therapies. Information includes introduction, what the science says about the herb, side effects and cautions

Federal Drug Administration – (FDA)
Governmental website that discusses how drugs are reviewed and approved, with consumer and professional resources


This group of websites will help the professional or the novice navigate to authoritative websites that contain up-to-date information on drugs and supplements.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN, C

Medical Librarian

Patient and Health Education Library

Mayo Clinic in Arizona

13400 E. Shea Boulevard

Scottsdale, Arizona 85259

480 301-8946


March 27, 2015 at 11:26 am

NLM Updates

PubMed Subject Filter Strategies Updated for 2015

PubMed subject filter strategies are reviewed each year to determine if modifications are necessary.

Public Invited to March 30, 2015 Event Honoring NLM Director Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg as He Retires

National Library of Medicine Deputy Director Betsy Humphreys cordially invites you to celebrate the contributions of NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, on the occasion of his retirement.

 New Working Group to Chart the Course for the NIH National Library of Medicine

This distinguished group has been asked to lay out the vision for the NLM, in order to ensure it remains an international leader in biomedical and health information.

Improved Serials Searching in the NLM Catalog

On January 9, 2015 NLM unique identifiers (UIs) were added to linking fields (e.g. earlier title/later title, absorbed by, split from/split into, supersedes, etc.) in most serial records where NLM has a bibliographic record for the related title.

What’s New for 2015 MeSH

MedlinePlus now offers RSS feeds for every health topic page on the site — nearly 1,800 feeds for MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en espanol combined.

PubMed Commons Blog: Introducing PubMed Commons Journal Clubs

Journal clubs will be able to share key points, questions, and summaries from their discussions – right below citations in PubMed.


March 27, 2015 at 11:25 am

Mayo Clinic The Essential Diabetes Book

Diabetes book coverDiabetes rates continue to rise, particularly diagnoses of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Our genes haven’t changed dramatically, but we eat on the run, choosing foods high in fat and calories and low in vegetables and fruits. We’ve become less physically active, resulting in many of us becoming overweight or obese. In response to this national epidemic, Mayo Clinic The Essential Diabetes Book offers cutting-edge information for all types of diabetes. (more…)

March 27, 2015 at 11:24 am

Most Popular eJournals & eBooks at Mayo in 2014

Welcome back to our annual look at which eJournals and eBooks were the most highly accessed in 2014.

The New England Journal of Medicine and Circulation continued to hold the top two spots respectively. These were the top 10 eJournals in 2012:

Title Number of Hits
New England Journal of Medicine 168,385
Circulation 71,676
JAMA 69,670
Nature 59,799
Blood 42,084
BMJ 37,077
The Lancet 35,412
Journal of Clinical Oncology 33,921
Journal of the American College of Cardiology 31,655
Neurology 28,353


The top eBooks in 2013 were:

Title Number of Hits
Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine 8327
Morgan & Mikhail’s Clinical Anesthesiology 5470
Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine 4548
Dermatology (Bolognia) 3225
Current Surgical Therapy 2810
Wills Eye Manual 2761
Principles and Practice of Hospital Medicine 2672
Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide 2577
Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics 2366
Williams Hematology 2357

March 10, 2015 at 11:56 am

Issue no. 52, October 2014

Feature Articles


NLM Updates

Book Notes

Staff News



October 30, 2014 at 11:13 am

Coming soon… to your device

In Liblog‘s July issue, we wrote about the impending release of the Mayo Library’s new website– we explained why we needed a new site, and highlighted some of the new features. Based on feedback from usability testing, our designers and programmers have made modifications to the site, and just now sprinted to the finish line with last minute tweaks. (more…)

October 30, 2014 at 11:12 am

Creating a Mayo author list from a search

Have you ever wondered which Mayo Clinic author has written the most on the subject of bones? Maybe you’re compiling a list of all the Mayo Clinic authors who co-wrote articles with you. (more…)

October 30, 2014 at 11:11 am


Brigham TJ. An introduction to altmetrics. Med Ref Serv Q. 2014;33(4):438-47. doi:10.1080/02763869.2014.957093. PMID: 2531607.

Sharma V, Deo SV, Altarabsheh SE, Cho YH, Erwin PJ, Park SJ. Comparison of the early haemodynamics of stented pericardial and porcine aortic valves. European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 2014 Aug 14. pii: ezu272. [Epub ahead of print]

Heller C, Balls-Berry JE, Nery JD, Erwin PJ, Littleton D, Kim M, Kuo WP. Strategies addressing barriers to clinical trial enrollment of underrepresented populations: A systematic review. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2014 Aug 14.

Lim JY, Deo SV, Jung SH, Altarabsheh SE, Erwin PJ, Dillon JJ, Park SJ.  Does off-pump coronary artery bypass confer any advantage in patients with end-stage renal failure? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Heart Lung Circulation. 2014 Jun 27.

Elraiyah T, Hashim Y, Elamin M, Erwin PJ, Zarroug AE. The effect of appendectomy in future tubal infertility and ectopic pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Surgical Research. 2014 Aug 13.

Elraiyah T, Sonbol MB, Wang Z, Khairalseed T, Asi N, Undavalli C, Nabhan M, Firwana B, Altayar O, Prokop L, Montori VM, Murad MH. The benefits and harms of systemic testosterone therapy in postmenopausal women with normal adrenal function: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Oct;99(10):3543-50. doi: 10.1210/jc.2014-2262. PubMed PMID: 25279572.

Elraiyah T, Sonbol MB, Wang Z, Khairalseed T, Asi N, Undavalli C, Nabhan M, Altayar O, Prokop L, Montori VM, Murad MH. The benefits and harms of systemic dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in postmenopausal women with normal adrenal function: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Oct;99(10):3536-42. doi: 10.1210/jc.2014-2261. PubMed PMID: 25279571.

Mauck KF, Asi N, Elraiyah TA, Undavalli C, Nabhan M, Altayar O, Sonbol MB, Prokop LJ, Murad MH. Comparative systematic review and meta-analysis of compression modalities for the promotion of venous ulcer healing and reducing ulcer recurrence. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Aug;60(2 Suppl):71S-90S.e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2014.04.060. Epub 2014 May 28. Review. PubMed PMID: 24877851.

Mauck KF, Asi N, Undavalli C, Elraiyah TA, Nabhan M, Altayar O, Sonbol MB, Prokop LJ, Murad MH. Systematic review and meta-analysis of surgical interventions versus conservative therapy for venous ulcers. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Aug;60(2 Suppl):60S-70S.e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2014.04.059. Epub 2014 May 14. Review. PubMed PMID: 24835693.

October 30, 2014 at 11:11 am

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