June 14, 2006
Contact: Tom Capezzuto
UMDNJ Libraries Launch New Web Site
of Medicine in New Jersey
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New
Jersey Libraries has created a new web site that provides access
to health statistics and a compendium of published medical reports
from 1877 to 2000.
The new site,
, is the first complete electronic compendium of all documented
annual reports and state health statistics available online,
according to Judy Cohn, University Librarian and Associate Vice
President for Scholarly Information.
The compendium was created by Drs. Mark Fulcomer, a retired
former director at the Center for Health Statistics for the State
of New Jersey, and Marcia Sass, an assistant professor in Health
Systems and Policy Division at UMDNJ-New Jersey Center for Public
Health Preparedness in New Brunswick. They collaborated
on the creation of scanned electronic data files to all 141 volumes
of the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services
annual reports and health statistics.
between Drs. Fulcomer and Sass and the
UMDNJ-University Libraries created the distribution channel necessary
to make this information accessible to researchers in New Jersey,
the United States and worldwide, noted Cohn.
"This is a valuable resource to assist public health professionals
track health statistics and origins of initial medical research
conducted by physicians in the state," said Cohn. "Drs.
Fulcomer and Sass’ respective combined teaching and research
motivated them to track and digitize these extensive reports,
which document New Jersey’s state of health over a 120-year
period," she noted.
The electronic files contain 1.6 gigbytes
of information on historic New Jersey public health issues. The
portable document format (PDF) files are reproduced in black
and white, with color graphics as included in the original printed
the files are not searchable, volumes 1-92 (1877-1969) are indexed
and provide subject access to a wide array of health and disease
topics, events, and organizations documenting New Jersey’s
state of health, Cohn said.
Examples of topics covered
include the impact of the flu pandemic of 1918 on New Jerseyans,
concerns over tobacco use among New Jersey youngsters in 1892
and a probe into hygienic conditions of factory life in 1878. The
complete electronic file covers a 123-year period.
The new web
site includes an introductory essay providing organizational
background, an overview, sample texts and graphics, the PDF data
files with annotations, a bibliography of source data in a variety
of formats and author biographies. Future plans include
cataloging the web guide in the University’s online catalog
and providing additional access points through the catalog citations
of the Libraries’ hard copy holdings.
UMDNJ is the nation’s
largest free-standing public health sciences university with
more than 5,500 students attending the state’s three medical
schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical
sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of
nursing and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Last
year, there were more than two million patient visits to UMDNJ
facilities and faculty at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway,
Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University
Hospital, a Level One Trauma Center in Newark, and University
Behavioral HealthCare, a mental health and addiction services