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It ain’t brain surgery…

Neurological Surgery :  A Comprehensive Reference Guide to the Diagnosis and Management of Neurosurgical Problems, 3rd Ed.
Youmans (Ed.)

Submitter: I am a librarian for a small university that specializes in business and film.  I’ve been working on a major weeding project and came across volumes two – six of this title in my collection.  It is way out of the scope of my collection and is one of the odder things I’ve found in my weeding project.  Also, I’m assuming that there have been advances in brain surgery since 1990 so it is likely out of date as well.

Holly: Why would a business/film school even have this title to begin with?


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10 Responses to It ain’t brain surgery…

  • Every library is different. My academic medical library would keep this if we had all 6 volumes but only for use as a reference for medical history and past practices. But there is no need for any other type of library to still have that on the shelf.

  • I weeded my University Library reference collection many years ago. My favorite title was “Principal characteristics of sausages of the world listed by country of origin” published in 1984. Not sure why we had a copy since at the time we did not have any type of culinary program. Sent it to stacks to remind me what crazy things we collected in the past since we could NOT THROW books away. I weeded over 15,000 titles from our collection.

  • Neurosurgery, no… but if it was neuroscience… well, it would still be out of date. *toss*

  • This set cost nearly $600 when new in 1990! And my library still has it, but we’re an academic medical center.

  • “Why would a business/film school even have this title to begin with?”
    Someone was shooting a zombie film and striving for accuracy.

  • Well, I can kind of see a reason for a film school to have it – as research for scripts that deal with this very issue in that time frame.

    NOT saying that’s a reason to keep it, but maybe at the time it was added a lot of film students needed it for their projects.

    • That’s my theory. Someone picked this up, possibly used, when ER/Chicago Hope became big.