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Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature


Frankenstiein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature LogoThe traveling exhibit, Frankenstein: Pentrating the Secrets of Nature is on view in the Medical Library through December.

The tragic story of Victor Frankenstein and the living monster he creates in his laboratory has gripped our imaginations since its first publication in 1818.

Mary Shelley was only 18-years-old when she began writing Frankenstein. From an early age, Shelley came to know several literary figures of her time and great works of literature, history, and mythology.

In the book, Shelly portrayed Frankenstein as an ambitious scientist who was obsessed with creating life. She depicted the creature as a sensitive, articulate, and lonely being who was
denied companionship and rejected by humans. The creature lashes out in revenge only when he is betrayed and abandoned by Frankenstein, his maker.

Over the decades, playwrights, filmmakers, and the media have transformed Shelley’s sympathetic creature into a speechless monster who kills without remorse. Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature explores the lasting influence of the Frankenstein story on popular culture and as a metaphor for effects of unchecked power and self-serving ambition on the human community.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature exhibition logo Courtesy National Library of Medicine.

NIH News in Health


NIH News in Health

The November issue of NIH News in Health, features a look at epilepsy and how to keep your skin healthy.

14 New Articles in Web of Science by SIUSM Authors


  1. S. Alanee, D. Dynda, B. Holland, Prevalence and Prognostic Value of Lymph Node Dissection in Treating Adrenocortical Carcinoma: A National Experience. Anticancer Research 35, 5575-5579 (2015).
  2. P. Basnet, C. A. Noggle, R. S. Dean, Neurocognitive Problems in Children and Adolescents With Depression Using the CHC Theory and the WJ-III. Applied Neuropsychology-Child 4, 257-265 (2015).
  3. S. C. Burgener et al., Perceived stigma in persons with early-stage dementia: Longitudinal findings: Part 1. Dementia-International Journal of Social Research and Practice 14, 589-608 (2015).
  4. C. L. Faingold, H. Blumenfeld, Targeting Neuronal Networks with Combined Drug and Stimulation Paradigms Guided by Neuroimaging to Treat Brain Disorders. Neuroscientist 21, 460-474 (2015).
  5. A. K. Gardner et al., Gearing up for milestones in surgery: Will simulation play a role? Surgery 158, 1421-1427 (2015).
  6. A. Huang, S. D. Wu, Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide Elicits Mouse Taste Buds to Release Serotonin. Faseb Journal 29,  (2015).
  7. L. Y. Kadyrova, B. K. Dahal, F. A. Kadyrov, Evidence That the DNA Mismatch Repair System Removes 1-Nucleotide Okazaki Fragment Flaps. Journal of Biological Chemistry 290, 24051-24065 (2015).
  8. T. Kaneko et al., Contemporary Outcomes of Repeat Aortic Valve Replacement: A Benchmark for Transcatheter Valve-in-Valve Procedures. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 100, 1298-1304 (2015).
  9. C. A. McNeely, S. Markwell, C. McNeely, Trends in Patient Characteristics and Outcomes of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in the Elderly: Analysis of Medicare Beneficiaries from 2000-2012. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 66, B60-B61 (2015).
  10. K. Piotrowska et al., Histological changes of testes in growth hormone transgenic mice with high plasma level of GH and insulin-like growth factor-1. Folia Histochemica Et Cytobiologica 53, 249-258 (2015).
  11. R. Sen et al., Rrd1p, an RNA Polymerase II-specific Prolyl Isomerase and Activator of Phosphoprotein Phosphatase, Promotes Transcription Independently of Rapamycin Response. Faseb Journal 29,  (2015).
  12. M. B. Stout et al., Transcriptome profiling reveals divergent expression shifts in brown and white adipose tissue from long-lived GHRKO mice. Oncotarget 6, 26702-26715 (2015).
  13. D. W. Timme, S. Jonnalagadda, R. Patel, K. Rao, K. T. Robbins, Treatment Selection for T3/T4a Laryngeal Cancer: Chemoradiation Versus Primary Surgery. Annals of Otology Rhinology and Laryngology 124, 845-851 (2015).
  14. B. Uprety, S. Bhaumik, TOR and Proteasomal Regulation of Ribosomal Protein Gene Expression. Faseb Journal 29,  (2015).


30 New Articles in PubMed by SIUSM Authors


  1. S. Alanee et al., Delivering kidney cancer care in rural Central and Southern Illinois: a telemedicine approach. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl) 23, 739-744 (2014).
  2. M. H. Aziz et al., Suppressing NRIP1 inhibits growth of breast cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. Oncotarget,  (2015).
  3. S. Balgi, S. Singhal, G. Mueller, B. Batton, Feeding Intolerance and Poor Growth in Infants with Gastroschisis: Longitudinal Experience with Consecutive Patients over Thirteen Years. J Neonatal Surg 4, 42 (2015).
  4. B. C. Cox et al., Generation of Atoh1-rtTA transgenic mice: a tool for inducible gene expression in hair cells of the inner ear. Sci Rep 4, 6885 (2014).
  5. K. B. Egan et al., Do baseline estrogen and testosterone affect lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) prior to or after pharmacologic treatment with tadalafil? Andrology,  (2015).
  6. A. R. Emke et al., Developing Professionalism via Multisource Feedbackin Team-Based Learning. Teach Learn Med 27, 362-365 (2015).
  7. M. Gacci et al., Central obesity is predictive of persistent storage lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) after surgery for benign prostatic enlargement: results of a multicentre prospective study. BJU Int 116, 271-277 (2015).
  8. K. N. Hascup, E. R. Hascup, Altered neurotransmission prior to cognitive decline in AbetaPP/PS1 mice, a model of Alzheimer's disease. J Alzheimers Dis 44, 771-776 (2015).
  9. B. Holland, T. Kohler, Minimizing Penile Implant Infection: A Literature Review of Patient and Surgical Factors. Curr Urol Rep 16, 81 (2015).
  10. A. Homma, R. Onimaru, K. Matsuura, K. T. Robbins, M. Fujii, Intra-arterial chemoradiotherapy for head and neck cancer. Jpn J Clin Oncol,  (2015).
  11. A. Y. Huang, M. H. Chen, S. Y. Wu, K. S. Lu, Tight junctions in Gerbil von Ebner's gland: horseradish peroxidase and freeze-fracture studies. Microsc Res Tech 78, 213-219 (2015).
  12. T. Hudali, C. Takkar, Hypocalcemia and hyperkalemia during magnesium infusion therapy in a pre-eclamptic patient. Clin Case Rep 3, 827-831 (2015).
  13. Z. F. Issa, B. S. Amr, H. Laham, Long-term follow-up in AV junction ablation via the SVC in patients undergoing concurrent device implantation: a single center experience. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 38, 254-258 (2015).
  14. P. J. Jensik, L. A. Arbogast, Regulation of cytokine-inducible SH2-containing protein (CIS) by ubiquitination and Elongin B/C interaction. Mol Cell Endocrinol 401, 130-141 (2015).
  15. A. Kost et al., A Proposed Conceptual Framework and Investigation of Upward Feedback Receptivity in Medical Education. Teach Learn Med 27, 359-361 (2015).
  16. K. R. LeVault, S. A. Tischkau, G. J. Brewer, Circadian Disruption Reveals a Correlation of an Oxidative GSH/GSSG Redox Shift with Learning and Impaired Memory in an Alzheimer's Disease Mouse Model. J Alzheimers Dis,  (2015).
  17. W. A. Matthews, Care coordination measures of a family medicine residency as a model for hospital readmission reduction. Am J Manag Care 20, e532-534 (2014).
  18. C. McNeely, S. Markwell, K. Filson, S. Hazelrigg, C. Vassileva, Effect of Hospital Volume on Prosthesis Use and Mortality in Aortic Valve Operations in the Elderly. Ann Thorac Surg,  (2015).
  19. G. S. Mueller-Luckey et al., The Mini Report: a Practical Tool to Address Lung Cancer Disparities in Rural Communities. J Cancer Educ,  (2015).
  20. S. A. Rodeo et al., Use of a new model allowing controlled uniaxial loading to evaluate tendon healing in a bone tunnel. J Orthop Res,  (2015).
  21. S. Rougas et al., An Extended Validity Argument for Assessing Feedback Culture. Teach Learn Med 27, 355-358 (2015).
  22. H. Sanfey et al., Surgeons in Difficulty: An Exploration of Differences in Assistance-Seeking Behaviors between Male and Female Surgeons. J Am Coll Surg 221, 621-627 (2015).
  23. A. Sattar, S. Yu, J. Koirala, Corynebacterium CDC Group G Native and Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis. Infect Dis Rep 7, 5881 (2015).
  24. D. T. Selewski et al., Vitamin D in incident nephrotic syndrome: a Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium study. Pediatr Nephrol,  (2015).
  25. M. B. Stout et al., Transcriptome profiling reveals divergent expression shifts in brown and white adipose tissue from long-lived GHRKO mice. Oncotarget 6, 26702-26715 (2015).
  26. A. Tzeng et al., Treating periprosthetic joint infections as biofilms: key diagnosis and management strategies. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 81, 192-200 (2015).
  27. B. Uprety, R. Sen, S. R. Bhaumik, Eaf1p Is Required for Recruitment of NuA4 in Targeting TFIID to the Promoters of the Ribosomal Protein Genes for Transcriptional Initiation In Vivo. Mol Cell Biol 35, 2947-2964 (2015).
  28. J. R. Waymack, S. Markwell, J. C. Milbrandt, T. R. Clark, Comparison of rates of emergency department procedures and critical diagnoses in metropolitan and rural hospitals. Rural Remote Health 15, 3298 (2015).
  29. C. Welliver, M. Kottwitz, A. E. Ahmad, S. K. Wilson, T. S. Kohler, Manufacturers' data show increasing implanted cylinder sizes and measured corporal lengths in inflatable penile implants. World J Urol,  (2015).
  30. C. West et al., Conceptualizing Interprofessional Teams as Multi-Team Systems-Implications for Assessment and Training. Teach Learn Med 27, 366-369 (2015).

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