About the Library

Watch for Library Events in April!

Student Fiesta Day

Come for refreshments and Fiesta fun!

 

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Open House

Join us for refreshments and help us celebrate the historical significance

of the library collection in this Tricentennial year in San Antonio!

 

 

We Have a Winner!: The 2018 History of the Health Sciences Essay Award

On March 29, the winner of the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award, Farhan Ahmad, was presented with a check by Senior Director of Libraries Owen Ellard. Farhan won the 2018 competition with his essay, Knee History: From Early Developments to the Total Knee Replacement. The annual $500 award is sponsored by the Friends of the P.I Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Farhan will be giving a presentation on his essay on April 24 at 3:30 p.m. on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. The presentation will cap off activities during the UT Health Library Student Fiesta and will lead into the P.I. Nixon Library Fiesta Open House also happening on the 24th.

Farhan is a first year medical student at the Long School of Medicine, and is interested in pursuing a career in Orthopaedic Surgery. He graduated from UTSA’s Honors College in the FAME B.S./M.D. program. His essay topic is a historical review of advancements in knee care from major time points in recorded human history.

“The knee,” Farhan explains, “when diseased or broken, is like any part of the body in that it tells a story. However, there is scarce documentation of medical history regarding knee injuries and developments. I found that many advancements in knee care (both operative and non-operative) contributed to and came from general advancements in the history of medicine. Some advancements were helpful to the patient while others may not have been. Ultimately, in every civilization across time, the knee was a universal concern and human curiosity pushed forth new ideas, which I aimed to capture in my essay. As the rates of knee osteoarthritis continue to increase in the U.S., my paper is a timely meditation on the progress we have made so far, as well as a reminder that there is much to discover.”

Where’s Starletta?

The star of the current Library art exhibit of local physician-artist Miguel Vazquez is his creation, Starletta. While Starletta is currently housed in the Library 5th floor Nixon Library Reading Room behind (sometimes locked) doors and within a glass case, she may be caught from time to time wandering the library floors.

As we understand, Starletta wants to get out and meet people and to learn more about what goes on in the library. We might even put her to work!

In order to make Starletta available to her fans, we have set up a schedule for her from October 8th to 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During these hours, you can come to the library to meet personally with Starletta and take pictures.

You will have to guess where she is!