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One Community/One Book 2014: Join the Conversation

Conversation is the heart of One Community/One Book.

The Briscoe Library will offer workshops in October to support discussion group leaders and to encourage dialogue about the book. These events are open to faculty, staff, and students of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, as well as members of the broader community, who are interested in planning a book discussion opportunity. Please, contact Lisa Finnie, Assistant Records and Archives Librarian, for more information.

Book discussions will be held throughout October, leading up to Phil Klay’s visit to campus on October 30, 2014. Details about book discussion groups can be posted to this page by submitting the Discussion Group Registration Form. Also, please be sure to print out a Discussion Group Sign-In Sheet and e-mail the completed form to Lisa Finnie. These sign-in sheets are an important part of the evaluation and reporting process for One Community/One Book. In addition, a list of Suggested Questions for Discussion is available to help get the conversation going!

If you do not have enough time to read the entire collection of stories, we suggest the following:

  • Redeployment
  • Prayer in the Furnace
  • Psychological Operations

If you would like for your Discussion Group to focus on one short story or a particular set of stories, please include that information on your Discussion Group Registration Form.

 Resources for Discussion Group Leaders

Facilitator and Host Training Workshops

Thursday, October 9, 2014
12:00 Noon – 12:30 pm
Howe Room (5th floor, Briscoe Library)
Register Online

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Howe Room (5th floor, Briscoe Library)
Register Online

Book Discussion Groups

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Laurel Ridge Psychiatric Center
Hosted by: Adelita Cantu, PhD, UTHSCSA School of Nursing
Dr. Cantu’s Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Clinical Group

Thursday, October 23, 2014
2:30 pm
University of Texas at San Antonio
Hosted by: Alan L. Peterson, PhD, UTHSCSA School of Medicine; Director, STRONG STAR Consortium
Dr. Peterson’s Military Health Psychology Class

Monday, October 27, 2014
12:00 Noon
South Texas Veterans Health Care System Department of Research
Hosted by: Ruth M. Morris, MPH, UTHSCSA Translational Science Training Scholar

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
6:00 pm
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Hosted by: Ruth M. Morris, MPH, UTHSCSA Translational Science Training Scholar
Topics in Translational Science Class

 

One Community/One Book is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

One Community/One Book 2014: The Book

Book cover of RedeploymentTo Read the 2014 One Community/One Book Selection Redeployment by Phil Klay:

If you do not have enough time to read the entire collection of stories, we suggest the following:

  • Redeployment
  • Prayer in the Furnace
  • Psychological Operations

One Community/One Book is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

One Community/One Book 2016: God’s Hotel

“Others have written about the relationship between time and medical care with similar eloquence and urgency, but the centuries of perspective that Dr. Sweet brings infuse the point with unforgettable clarity. Sick people need time, she demonstrates repeatedly, and their doctors do, too.”                                                                                                                                                                                                             A Hospital That Gave Its Patients Time to Heal

Cover Photograph of God's Hotel by Victoria SweetThe Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Libraries of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio have chosen God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet as a 2016 One Community/One Book selection.

Read the Book

Join the Conversation

Hear the Author

Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Following her BS in Mathematics from Stanford University and her MD from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Dr. Sweet earned an MA and a PhD in the History of the Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focused on the 12th-century German abbess, composer, theologian, visionary, and medical practitioner Hildegard von Bingen.

In God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, the author weaves stories of her experiences caring for patients at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, the last almshouse in the country, with her studies of medieval medicine. In the process, Dr. Sweet comes to appreciate the importance of slow medicine and the efficiency of inefficiency.

For more information on One Community/One Book, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

One Community/One Book 2016: God’s Hotel: Hear the Author

Photograph of Dr. Victoria SweetAbout the Author

Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Following her BS in Mathematics from Stanford University and her MD from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Dr. Sweet earned an MA and a PhD in the History of the Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focuses on the 12th-century German abbess, composer, theologian, visionary, and medical practitioner Hildegard von Bingen.

In God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, the author weaves stories of her experiences caring for patients at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, the last almshouse in the country, with her studies of medieval medicine. In the process, Dr. Sweet comes to appreciate the importance of slow medicine and the efficiency of inefficiency.

Hear the Author

Dr. Victoria Sweet will present The Ewing Halsell Distinguished Lecture in the Holly Auditorium on the Long Campus of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio on the evening of Thursday, March 17, 2016. A reception will be held at 5:30 pm with the author’s presentation at 6:00 pm and a book signing to follow at 7:00 pm. Copies of God’s Hotel will be available for purchase at the event through the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Bookstore.

For a preview, consider viewing Dr. Victoria Sweet’s TEDx Middlebury presentation: The Efficiency of Inefficiency.

For more information on One Community/One Book, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

One Community/One Book 2016: God’s Hotel: Join the Conversation

Conversation is the heart of One Community/One Book.

The Briscoe Library will offer a workshop on February 2, 2016 at 12 Noon in the Howe Conference Room to support discussion group leaders and to encourage dialogue about the book. This event is open to faculty, staff, and students of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, as well as members of the broader community, who are interested in planning a book discussion opportunity. Register online.

Book discussions will be held throughout February and March, leading up to Dr. Victoria Sweet’s visit to campus on March 17, 2016. Details about book discussion groups can be posted to this page by submitting the Discussion Group Registration Form. Please be sure to print out a Discussion Group Sign-In Sheet and e-mail the completed form to Lisa Matye Finnie. These sign-in sheets are an important part of the evaluation and reporting process for One Community/One Book. In addition, A Reader’s Guide with Suggested Questions for Discussion, adapted by Penguin Books USA, is available to help get the conversation going!

Resources for Discussion Group Leaders

Facilitator and Host Training Workshop

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm
Briscoe Library – UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Howe Conference Room (5th Floor)
Register Online

Book Discussion Groups

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm
Briscoe Library – UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Collaboratory (4th Floor)
RSVP to Adelita Cantu, PhD, RN

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
NPR Book Club
Forest Hills Public Library
5245 Ingram Road inside Loop 410
Contact Pegeen Seger, Head of Outreach Services, for more information

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Ya Ya’s Thai Restaurant
8085 Callaghan Road at IH 10 W
Filled to room capacity – Please select another book discussion group

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Held in partnership with the Health & Garden Interest Group
Briscoe Library – UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Healing Garden (weather permitting) or Howe Conference Room (5th Floor)
RSVP to Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian

For more information on One Community/One Book, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

One Community/One Book 2016: God’s Hotel: The Book

To Read the 2016 One Community/One Book Selection God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet:

Cover Photograph of God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet

For more information on One Community/One Book, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

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P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

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Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Closed

There is no charge to view the collections. If you have specific research needs, please call or e-mail to make an appointment, as some materials are located remotely.

Address & Contact Information

7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio TX, 78248
5th floor, Briscoe Library
(210) 567-2400
SpecialCollections@uthscsa.edu

The Special Collections of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

San Antonio physician and historian Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon lent his name to what is now a treasure-trove of antiquarian texts, dating from the 15th to the early 20th century. Ophthalmology, surgery, and anatomy are particular strengths of the Nixon Library. Also contained within the Special Collections are classic European and early American first editions, such as Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing and Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. A number of magnificent anatomical atlases feature illustrations that qualify as works of art in their own right.

Photograph of Dr Charleen Moore and two students during the 2007 elective History of Anatomy

Originally donated to the Health Science Center in the early 1970s by the Bexar County Medical Society, the superb core collection has expanded to contain close to 6000 volumes of treasured medical texts, including important works by Vesalius (De Humani Corporis Fabrica – 1543), Albinus (Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body – 1749), Celsus (De Medicina – 1481), Avicenna (The Canon of Medicine – 1486), Burton (Anatomy of Melancholy – 1632), and Hooke (The Micrographia – 1667).

Policies for the Use of Materials in the Special Collections

The library regularly features holdings in the Treasures of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Blog

Tours of the Nixon Library, including viewings of rare books within subject areas, can be arranged by contacting Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at (210) 567-2406 or finnie@uthscsa.edu.

Visit the Digital Archive

Selected materials from the Nixon Library may also be viewed online in the UTHSC Digital Archive / History of Medicine Collection and the Portal to Texas History. The Digital Archive contains a set of collections that are historically unique and significant.

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

The Nixon Library has an active Friends group that meets regularly for lectures and annually for a dinner. Membership is open to all. For more information, visit the Friends page.

Popular Books on the History of Medicine

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library have purchased a collection of popular books on the history of medicine. The books highlight significant periods and events in medical history and are located in the library’s general collection. To view a complete list of titles and locations click here.

Library ExhibitsIllustration of a man using a dog to pull out a mandrake

Exhibits on medical historical topics are researched and mounted for the Health Science Center by various library staff. The Library also sometimes mounts exhibits from sources outside the Health Science Center. Contact Jonquil Fieldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, at feldman@uthscsa.edu or (210) 567-2430 if you have an exhibit you would like displayed in the library.

University Archives and Local History Materials

Bexar County and South Texas have a rich medical heritage. The University Archives houses historical records of the University and the development of medicine in Bexar County and South Texas. The Archives provides a reference service for the Health Science Center community and a repository for the preservation of historically important University records.

You can find detailed information about many of our archival collections at Texas Archival Resources Online.

Included in the collection are:

  • University publications
  • Correspondence of key officials
  • Minutes
  • Student yearbooks
  • Papers of early San Antonio physicians

The Special Collections staff actively seek to acquire materials related to the history of medicine, including:

  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs of area hospitals and health practitioners
  • Account books of local physicians
  • Records of local medical organizations

Persons owning such materials are encouraged to donate them so that they may be preserved and made available for research. Materials that do not seem valuable today may provide an important historical insight in the future.

For more information about the Archives or to make an appointment to view archival materials, contact Jaclyn Georges, Records Management Officer & Archivist, at 210-567-2428 or georgesj@uthscsa.edu

Past Events at the Libraries

One Community/One Book

One Community/One Book 2104: Redeployment

One Community/One Book Spring 2013: Join the Club

One Community/OneBook 2012: Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child

2012’s book selection was Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child by Elva Treviño Hart. Visit the event page for more information about the book and the talk.

One Community/One Book 2010: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

2010’s One Community/One Book was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The author spoke at the Frank Bryant Jr., MD Memorial Lecture on October 15th, 2010.

One Community / One Book 2009: Final Exam

“Dr. Pauline Chen’s Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality was the One Community/ One Book selection for 2009. Dr. Chen spoke at Transplant Center grand rounds on the Morning of September 25, and later received a standing ovation for her noon-hour talk in the Parman Auditorium. More than 100 people—students, faculty and staff, participated in planned discussion groups in the weeks leading up to Dr. Chen’s talk. For more information about 2009’s programs, visit the information page.

One Community / One Book 2008: Mountains Beyond Mountains

Be a part of the One Community / One Book 2008. Read the book Mountains Beyond Mountains and then participate in program activities. For a schedule of activities and information about the book visit the One Community / One Book information page.

Other Events

Illustration of medieval medical practices by Hieronymus Brunschwig, 1494

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine

From October 11th-November 6th 2010 the Libraries hosted Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine and the American Library Association.

The exhibit used materials from the NLM’s historical collections to explore Harry Potterls world and its roots in Renaissance traditions. View further information about this past event.

Patrick Lemelle, Library Outreach Assistant, Retires

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Patrick Lemelle, Library Outreach Assistant, will be retiring on January 31, 2016. For the past four years Patrick has been an integral part of the UT Health Science Center Library outreach services. Through outreach to a 33-county area in South Texas, library outreach services seek to improve access to health information in South Texas communities. Services include training in effective literature retrieval, literature searches, article delivery, outreach to consumers and community-based organizations, and circuit librarian services to hospitals, clinics and other organizations. Patrick has made many significant contributions to the library’s outreach programs. Thanks to his efforts, the Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) has provided valued and timely services to client institutions. Patrick has also prepared  monthly newsletters for all CLHIN participants and has tirelessly coordinated the renewal of CLHIN contracts. He has represented the Libraries at numerous health fairs and professional conferences, and  provided dedicated program support. An accomplished musician, Patrick provided the lyrics and music for a library video produced in 2012 on the value of community outreach collaboration and partnerships.  Patrick has worked within the University of Texas System libraries in San Antonio for a total of 23 years. Patrick’s engaging manner and dedication to area health consumers will be missed. All of our best wishes go to Patrick and his wife Olivia for a wonderful retirement!

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Patrick provides information to aspiring health science students, May 2015