Friday, 21 December 2012

A Wartime Christmas from the Archives

This collection of seasonal recipes dates from December 1945. The recipes were produced by the Ministry of Food during the period of food rationing in Britain during and following the Second World War. (Click on the images for a better view)

The recipes for Christmas pudding and Christmas cake are fairly standard, apart from keeping the dried fruit to a minimum, but it’s doubtful whether the ‘mock’ cream and marzipan tasted anything like the originals.

This and many other Ministry of Food leaflets form part of the LSHTM Archive's Nutrition Collection, which contains over 4500 records relating to all aspects of nutrition research. Please see the Archives website for further information. 

Image: LSHTM Library & Archives Service, Nutrition/06/05 Ministry Of Food cookery leaflets and pamphlets

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The Library & Archives Service will be closed over Christmas and New Year

The Library and Archives Service will be closed from 8.25 pm on 21 December, re-opening at 8.30 am on 3 January 2013. E-resources continue to be available throughout this period and can be accessed via

Friday, 14 December 2012

Christmas Cards from the Archive Collections

The LSHTM Archive’s Ross Collection contains more than just material relating to Ronald Ross’s scientific and medical research – there are also are large number of his photographs, notebooks, postcards and sketchbooks that tell us more about Ross as a person and his wide array of interests.

Scattered among Ross’s correspondence are several Christmas cards that Ross received from his friends and colleagues. These formed a distinguished and wide-ranging group, including politicians, statesmen and dignitaries from the counties that Ross visited during his time in the Indian Medical Service and his expeditions to advise on the extermination of malaria.

They date from the early 1900s to the 1920s and provide a fascinating snapshot into the lives of the circle of Ross and his wife Rosa.

The collection also contains 2 copies of cards Ross and his wife had printed to send out to ‘Our friends in Sweden’. Ross travelled to Sweden several times and had many friends there. After winning the Nobel Prize in Medicine, he was awarded an honorary M.D. degree in Stockholm in 1910, as well as being made a fellow of the Royal Society of Sweden in 1919.

 Ross was remembered with particularly great respect in India, due to his revolutionary work on malaria. This is reflected in several very impressive looking cards from His Highness Raj Rana Sir Bhawani Singh of Jhalawar, one of which shows a picture of ‘The Kemball Library’, a large library established by the Maharaja.

The Ross Collection can be viewed at the LSHTM Archive. Please see the archives website for further information:

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

MeSH - changes for 2013

NLM have released details of the changes to MeSH for 2013. The new MeSH terms will go live in PubMed in mid-December and in Ovid with the completion of the 2013 global reload on 7 January.

New MeSH terms are added to new records in the database, they are not retrospectively changed. Therefore, you may need to use both old and new MeSH terms in your search to ensure you retrieve all relevant articles.

Changes which may be relevant to School staff and students include:

New MeSH terms (complete list)

  • Binge drinking
  • Community integration
  • Controlled substances
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Drug overdose
  • Epidemiological monitoring
  • Food quality
  • Genocide
  • Geographic mapping
  • Geography, medical
  • Hand hygiene
  • Health impact assessment
  • Health information management
  • Health information systems
  • Healthcare financing
  • Homophobia
  • Human migration
  • Human papillomavirus DNA tests
  • Maternal death
  • Prescription drug misuse
  • Public health surveillance
  • Racism
  • Smoke-free policy
  • Social discrimination
  • Social marginalization
  • Solid waste
  • Spatial analysis
  • Tobacco products
  • Waste water
  • Water resources
Deleted MeSH terms (complete list)
  • Overdose - use Drug overdose instead
  • Residential mobility - use Population dynamics instead
Changed MeSH terms (complete list)
  •  Handwashing - replaced by Hand disinfectant
Contact the Library if you have any queries about how this may impact your saved searches. For more information about MeSH see the National Library of Medicine help pages.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Definitions: hybrid and open access journals

Image credit: Osteospermum hybrid Soprano Purple  (18 June 2009) by Ltshears

Terminology in open access publishing can be confusing, so below we have defined what we
mean when we use the terms ‘hybrid’ and ‘open access’ journal.

Hybrid journal

A hybrid journal offers authors the choice of publishing via the ‘traditional’ method of access to
articles via a subscription OR making individual articles freely available online (often termed ‘open access’). Hybrid journals usually charge authors, their institutions or funders an additional fee for making an article open access. The open access article will appear in the subscription-based print and electronic versions as normal. Open access articles in hybrid journals should be marked as ‘open access’ or have a symbol that signifies they are open access.

Examples of publishers that have hybrid journals include:

Fully Open Access Journal

A fully open access journal makes every article freely available without a subscription to the
user. An Article Processing Charge (APC) will usually have to be paid to cover the cost of making the publication open access. Many open access journals are peer-reviewed in the same way as traditionally published journals and are gaining high impact factors.

Examples of publishers of fully open access journals:

The Directory of Open Access Journals has a list of fully open access journals.

More information about open access publishing is available from our website or by
contacting us at: