Books from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library now viewable online at The Portal to Texas History

From Queer, Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases (1895): Views of San Pedro Springs and San Pedro Park.

A dozen books on Texas and medical history from the collection of the P.I .Nixon Medical Historical Library are now available as ebooks through the Portal to Texas History, an Internet gateway created and maintained by the University of North Texas.  In 2008, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) identified the Portal to Texas History as one of the best online resources for education in the humanities.  The Libraries’ contributions to the Portal to Texas History were made possible by a “Rescuing Texas History” mini-grant awarded to Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Special Collections. The books include:

Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses (1913) by Dr. Rudolph Menger, complete with many of Menger’s own photographs and photo-micrographs of native animal and insect life

San Antonio de Bexar: A Guide and History (1890) by William Corner, including a historical sketch of the city written by Sidney Lanier

An Account of the Early History of Surgery in Texas (1932) by Albert O. Singleton, originally presented as a presidential address to the Texas Surgical Society

Queer, Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases (1895) by C. E. Fisher, an illustrated “medical tourism” guide extolling the virtues of San Antonio’s climate, lifestyle and amusements for respiratory disease sufferers

A Frontier Doctor (1929), an autobiography by Henry Franklin Holt, a pioneer who was the first physician to practice medicine in the Texas Panhandle

A Treatise on the Eclectic Southern Practice of Medicine (1854) by J. Cam. Massie, a 720-page reference text on the theory and practice of medicine

Texas Surgeon, An Autobiography (1958) by Donald Taylor Atkinson, who practiced medicine in rural Texas and the Oklahoma Indian country before moving to Dallas and San Antonio

The Menace: An Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor (1914) by Charles Dixon, about the work of ridding Bexar County of quacks and nostrum exploiters

Notes on the Newer Remedies (2nd edition, 1894) by David Cerna, a pharmacological reference text including physical characteristics, therapeutic applications and dosages for various synthetic and natural drugs

Luke Rosenberger
Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections

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