Tobaccoism: “Rapidity in the Spread of a Disease-Producing Vice”

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Books, Health and History

By Danielle Aloia, Special Projects Librarian

SmokeoutLogoThe third Thursday of November was designated the Great American Smokeout back in 1976. Since then it has gained national attention and helped precipitate smoke-free policies in public spaces and workplaces. It is a day to commit to quitting smoking with the theory that if you can last one day without lighting up, then you can last a lifetime.

Efforts to end tobacco consumption have a long history. Cigarettes grew in popularity during the 1850s, in tandem with the rise of Antitobaccoism movement.1 This movement was taken on by Seventh-day Adventists, whose most outspoken figure was Dr. John Harvey Kellogg.

John Harvey Kellogg, MD (1852– 1943). E. E. Doty, photographer. Source. Prints and Photographs Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine.John Harvey Kellogg, MD (1852– 1943). E. E. Doty, photographer. Source. Prints and Photographs Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine.

The Adventists believed in a healthful lifestyle, including abstinence from coffee, alcohol, tea, and tobacco. Kellogg termed this “biologic living.”

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Women, Equality, and Justice

Books, Health and History

By Danielle Aloia, Special Projects Librarian

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed a month after the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA was drafted in 1990 by then-Senator Joe Biden, who understood the devastating effects of domestic violence on women and children and the need for legislation. Congress took four years to approve the act, which was subsequently reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and 2013.

In honor of VAWA’s 20th Anniversary, the White House published the report 1 is 2 Many: Twenty Years of Fighting Violence Against Women, reminding us that: “In the name of every survivor who has suffered, of every child who has watched that suffering, the battle goes on; much remains to be done.” This statement seems even more relevant after the high-profile domestic abuse cases in the media recently.

Until the 1990s, laws weren’t enforced or guaranteed to protect women…

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Library-Themed NYC

Library-themed bars:

The Library: bar in East Village

Library Bar at the Nomad Hotel

The Library Bar at the Hudson Hotel

The Library Lounge at The Public

The Library Hotel

The Library Bar at the Loews Hotel

The Brandy Library

Special libraries:

NYC BAR Library

New York Society Library

Center for Fiction

New York Historical Society Library

The Grolier Club

New York Academy of Medicine – Library

New York County Courts – Law Library

Foundation Center Library

The Poet’s House

The Center for Book Arts

Librarian groups:

Metropolitan New York Library Council – METRO

New York Library Club

New York Library Association

New York Technical Services Librarians

Medical Library Association – NY/NJ Chapter

Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx Medical Science Librarians – MQSIMB

Special Library Association – NY Chapter

Art Libraries Society of North America – NY Chapter

Association of College and Research Libraries – NY Chapter

American Records Management Association – NYC Chapter

Archives and Library Leadership Network — New York City

NY Librarians Meetup

Library Walk

Librarian Libations

Museum libraries:

Morgan Library and Museum

MoMA Library

MET – Thomas J. Watson Library

Brooklyn Museum – Library and Archives

The Frick – Art Library

American Museum of Natural History – Research Library

Louis Armstrong House – Museum Collections

Guggenheim – Library & Archives

Whitney Museum – Library

Cooper-Hewitt – Research Library

Public libraries:

New York Public Library

Queens Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library

Little Free Library

Floating Library

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A History of Blood Transfusions

See my latest post at NYAM Center for History on the history of blood transfusions.

Books, Health and History

By Danielle Aloia, Special Projects Librarian

World Blood Donor Day 2014June 14 is World Blood Donor Day, a date selected to coincide with the birthday of Karl Landsteiner (1868–1943), the father of blood transfusions. Landsteiner discovered the A, B, AB, and O blood types in 1901, making blood transfusions safer. His work earned him the the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1930.1 The Word Health Organization (WHO) created this event to honor Dr. Landsteiner and to bring attention to the need for timely access to safe blood and blood products through voluntary donations.2

Recorded evidence of blood transfusions date back to the 16th century; there has been much speculation as to who first tried it and who first succeeded. Some tales are based on evidence and some seem to have been fabricated. Dr. Richard Lower is credited with performing the first successful blood transfusion from one animal to…

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Don’t Get Left Behind in the Wind and Rain

My other blog writing persona! From the NYAM Center for History of Medicine and Public Health.


Don’t Get Left Behind in the Wind and Rain.

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Books for Cat Lovers

National Geographic- Science of Cats

Observations of cats:

On Cats

The Cats of Copenhagen

The Dog Who Rescues Cats

People and their cats:

My Cat Spit McGee

Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It There Home

Scientific inquiry into cats:

The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats: A Journey Into The Feline Heart 

The Character of Cats: The Origins, Intelligence, Behavior, Stratagems of Feline silvestris catus

The Tribe of Tiger

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Film Shoots at The New York Academy of Medicine

Alien vs. Zombies

Royal Tenenbaums

Kit Kat Commercial

Kill Your Darlings

One Bad Choice — Study Aid

The Good Wife — Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

White Collar

Person of Interest–Counterfeit?

Did You Hear about the Morgans?

Blue Bloods

Gossip Girl

The Point of Divergence

Mozart in the Jungle


Gotham — Red Queen

Saturday Night Live — Benedict Cumberbatch

Madam Secretary — Convergence

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Folk Scene Greenwich Village NYC

Coming soon: Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival. Opens  March 2015 at the Museum of the City of New York.

This post is inspired by the Coen Brothers new movie “Inside Llweyn Davis” and the concert Another Day/Another Time (which airs on Showtime)

See IMDb’s What to Watch. Behind the scenes of Inside Llweyn Davis.

NPR FreshAir Coen Brothers Interview

Rolling Stone articles

PodOmatic Sing Out Radio Magazine: The Village Before Bob.

The Brian Lehrer Show: Greenwich Village in WNYC’s History

Soundcheck: WNYC at 90: Bob Dylan’s First Radio Interview

Secrets of New York: Tin Pan Alley

Gothamist’s Dylan Walking Tour or Greenwich Village Rock n’ Roll Walking Tour

A Brief History of Felines in Film By Mental Floss


Mayor of MacDougal Street  Memoir of Dave van Ronk

Smithsonian Folkways

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Andy Cohen–Watch What Happens Live

I am a big Bravo! fan…any shows really; Top Chef, Housewives, Million Dollar Listings. Love me some “reality.”

But the best of all is Watch What Happens Live with Bravo Andy!

First there was Cher:

Then there was Oprah:

Now Gaga:

After Show: How Lady Gaga Sobered Up

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Pulitzer Prize Non-Fiction Winners

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There are more than 80 fiction books in this collection. I am hardly half way through and am finding it rough going.  This list is taken from Wikipedia. Those highlighted in red are ones that I have read. The one in blue I am currently reading.

1962: The Making of the President, 1960 by Theodore White
1963: The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
1964: Anti-intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter
1965: O Strange New World by Howard Mumford Jones
1966: Wandering Through Winter by Edwin Way Teale
1967: The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture by David Brion Davis
1968: Rousseau and Revolution, vol. 10 of The Story of Civilization, by Will and Ariel Durant.
1969: So Human an Animal by Rene Jules Dubos
1969: The Armies of the Night by Norman Mailer

1970: Gandhi’s Truth by Erik H. Erikson
1971: The Rising Sun by John Toland
1972: Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 by Barbara W. Tuchman
1973: Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances FitzGerald
1973: Children of Crisis, vols. 2 and 3, by Robert Coles
1974: The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
1975: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
1976: Why Survive? Being Old In America by Robert Neil Butler
1977: Beautiful Swimmers by William W. Warner
1978: The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan
1979: On Human Nature by Edward O. Wilson

1980: Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter
The Madwoman in the Attic by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar
The Medusa and the Snail by Lewis Thomas
1981: Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture by Carl E. Schorske
China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston
Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War by William Manchester
Southerners: A Journalist’s Odyssey by Marshall Frady
1982: The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder
Basin and Range by John McPhee
Mrs. Harris: The Death of the Scarsdale Diet Doctor by Diana Trilling
1983: Is There No Place on Earth for Me? by Susan Sheehan
The Fate of the Earth by Jonathan Schell
Terrorists and Novelists by Diane Johnson
1984: The Social Transformation of American Medicine by Paul Starr
Conversations With the Enemy by Winston Groom and Duncan Spencer
Endless Enemies by Jonathan Kwitny
1985: The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two by Studs Terkel
Endless Enemies by Jonathan Kwitny
Dawn to the West by Donald Keene
1986 (two winners): Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas
Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White by Joseph Lelyveld
Habits and the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life by Robert Neelly Bellah
1987: Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land by David K. Shipler
Rising from the Plains by John McPhee
Rain or Shine: A Family Memoir by Cyra McFadden
1988: The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick
Setting Limits: Medical Goals in an Aging Society by Daniel Callahan
1989: A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan
The Last Farmer by Howard Kohn
Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Timothy Ferris

1990: And Their Children After Them by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould
A Peace to End All Peace: Creating the Modern Middle East 1914-1922 by David Fromkin
1991: The Ants by Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson
Looking for a Ship by John McPhee
River of Traps: A Village Life by William duBuys and Alex Harris
1992: The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power by Daniel Yergin
Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics by Thomas Byrne Edsall and Mary D. Edsall
Broken Vessels by Andre Dubus
1993: Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry Wills
Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father by Richard Rodriguez
Where the Buffalo Roam by Anne Matthews
A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War by Susan Griffin
1994: Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire by David Remnick
The Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience, Victoria to Freud by Peter Gay
The End of the Twentieth Century: And the End of the Modern Age by John Lukacs
1995: The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner
How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt
1996: The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism by Tina Rosenberg
Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder by Lawrence Weschler
Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and The Meanings of Life by Daniel C. Dennett
1997: Ashes to Ashes: America’s Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris by Richard Kluger
Fame and Folly by Cynthia Ozick
The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond by Samuel G. Freedman
1998: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
1999: Annals of the Former World by John McPhee
The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do by Judith Rich Harris
Crime and Punishment in America by Elliott Currie

2000: Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene
Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul
2001: Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover
2002: Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon
War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals by David Halberstam
2003: “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power
The Anthropology of Turquoise: Meditations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit by Ellen Meloy
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker
2004: Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum
The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military by Dana Priest
Rembrandt’s Jews by Steven Nadler
2005: Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll
The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta
2006: Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins
The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq by George Packer
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt
2007: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness by Pete Earley
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks
2008: The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul Friedlander
The Cigarette Century by Allan M. Brandt
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
2009: Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe by William I. Hitchcock
Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age by Arthur L. Herman

2010: The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman
The Evolution of God by Robert Wright
How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities by John Cassidy
2011: Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas G. Carr
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne
2012: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
One Hundred Names For Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing by Diane Ackerman
Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men by Mara Hvistendahl
2013: Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by David George Haskell
2014: Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin
The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide by Gary J. Bass
The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War by Fred Kaplan
2015: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

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