Celebrate the Year of the Horse with new ebooks

The Vet library has subscribed to several dozen more online books from ebrary*, EBSCOhost, ScienceDirect and Wiley, including:Equine Emergencies

  • Equine Emergencies by Penn Vet’s own Dr. James Orsini

The new titles include:

  • 11 equine books, including new editions of Equine Infectious Diseases and Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery
  • 4 large/food animal books, including Turner and McIlwraith’s Techniques in Large Animal Surgery*
  • 10 small animal books, including Fossum’s Small Animal Surgery (4th ed.)* and Piermattei’s Atlas of Surgical approaches to the Bones and Joints of the Dog and Cat (5th ed.)
  • 5 books on laboratory animals , 4 on exotics, fish and wildlife
  • 13 books of general veterinary and related interest , including new editions of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Statistics for Veterinary and Animal Science*.

Browse a list of the new titles at: http://bit.ly/1fksPNx or see them in Franklin

Links to the books also can be found on the vet library’s ebook page.

ScienceDirect and Wiley ebooks can be viewed by any number of simultaneous Penn readers. The contents are presented in PDF chapters that can be downloaded to your desktop or ereader.

*Ebrary and EBSCOHost books generally allow only one reader at a time.

Questions? Please contact Margy Lindem

Arcane working dog duty in rare manuscript exhibit at Penn’s Special Collections Center

Conditions for working dogs have greatly improved, although their duties have changed over the ages, as illustrated by an image displayed in the new exhibit A Legacy Inscribed.

As the exhibit describes, the image, part of a 16th century book on herbal medicine, depicts a mandrake…

…the roots of which can resemble the human form. The mandrake was associated with a number of superstitious beliefs, and this artist captures one of the more colorful legends surrounding its use. When the root is dug up, according to legend, it not only screams but also kills all who hear it.

To harvest it, as we are told by the 1st-century Roman-Jewish historian Josephus, “A furrow must be dug around the root until its lower part is exposed, then a dog is tied to it, after which the person tying the dog must get away. The dog then endeavors to follow him, and so easily pulls up the root, but dies suddenly instead of his master. After this, the root can be handled without fear.”

Mandrake working dog

Depiction of dog pulling mandrake root

Presumably this outcome rarely if ever manifested.

From the site: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/legacy.html
On exhibit March 11 – August 16, 2013
The Schoenberg Collection contains several herbals, descriptions of plants to be used primarily for medicinal purposes. Often beautifully (if not always accurately) illustrated, herbals were the primary source of pharmaceutical and botanical knowledge in the Middle Ages. They supplied information on the identification, nomenclature, cultivation, and use of plants that had been passed down through centuries of observation and legend.

The Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection of Manuscripts, donated to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries by Penn Libraries Board members Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Schoenberg (C53, WG56), brings together many of the great scientific and philosophical traditions of the ancient and medieval worlds. Documenting the extraordinary achievements of scholars, philosophers, and scientists in Europe, Africa, and Asia, the collection illuminates the foundations of Penn’s academic traditions. Often illustrated with complex diagrams and stunning imagery, these manuscripts bring to the present the intellectual legacy of the medieval past.

Penn Annual Conference – Penn Vet alumni with creative literary talents

At this year’s Penn Annual Conference several Penn Vet alums showcased their literary skills.  Dr. Lisa Handy (V’84), has recently published Just for Kicks, a humorous coffee table book that portrays the lighter side of equine practice.  The book is illustrated by renowned editorial cartoonist Kate Selley Palmer.  Dr. Handy kindly donated a signed copy to the Vet Library.

Dr. Lisa Handy with a copy of her book

Dr. Lisa Handy (V’84) with a copy of her book Just for Kicks, a humorous look at the lighter side of equine practice.

Also at the conference were the authors of An Animal Life: The Beginning, a novel by four Penn Vet grads (V’92), who signed many copies of their popular book.  Copies are available at Atwood and New Bolton Center libraries.

An Animal Life authors

Meet the authors! From left: Drs. Howard Krum, Roy Yanong, and Scott Moore. Missing from picture: Illustrator Dr. Patty Hogan. All are graduates of V’92.

To order:

An Animal Life: the Beginning – novel by 4 Penn Vet grads

Now on hand – copies of An Animal Life: the Beginning, described as a “scientific medical mystery (animals and people are dying) and a quest for True Love (AnAnimalLifeCoverwith a real cowboy) that unfolds as newbie first-year students struggle to survive the academic gauntlet of veterinary school.”

The book is the first in a series of books by four Penn Vet graduates: Howard Krum, Roy Yanong, Scott Moore and Patty Hogan

“An Animal Life: The Beginning is a novel written and illustrated by four veterinarians and inspired by their real-life experiences as classmates at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine.”

Check here for availability.

“Vets and Pets…” – Penn Vet graduate publishes chapter on film and the veterinary profession in Cinemeducation Vol. 2

CinemeducationV’11 Penn Vet graduate LaTasha Crawford, VMD, PhD has contributed a chapter on the usage of film in teaching various aspects of the veterinary profession to Volume 2 of Cinemeducation: Using Film and Other Visual Media in Graduate and Medical Education. A follow-up to the widely acclaimed Volume One, this book’s comprehensive scope and innovative approach serves as an excellent resource for students, instructors, and professionals alike across a diversity of healthcare-related professions. “It provides readers with a wide array of film excerpts ready for immediate application in the classroom. Each excerpt includes the counter time, year of release, names of actors, a short description of the movie and the scene being highlighted as well as discussion questions.” (Back cover).

Dr. Crawford’s chapter “Vets and Pets: Domesticated Animals and the Veterinarians Who Care for Them” covers topics including the role of the veterinarian in society, legal and ethical issues for the practicing veterinarian, drug storage and regulations, lien laws, neglect, animal abuse and animal cruelty, the human-animal bond, client communication, and euthanasia. Dr. Crawford draws on examples from such films as Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Quarantine, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Dark Horse, Turner and Hooch, Amores Perros, The Long Shot, The Horse Boy, Wild Horse Redemption, and Marley and Me to illustrate salient teaching points related to the topics of discussion. The book can be found in the circulating stacks at R835 .C56 2012.

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