History of Medicine

Registration Deadline October 15th for Nixon Library Dinner

At the annual dinner of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library dinner, you will have the chance to hear speaker Gary Taubes discuss the history, politics, and science of sugar and high fructose corn syrup, arguing that these sweeteners may indeed be far more harmful to our health than public health authorities have been willing to accept.

Register online at: https://uthscsa.libwizard.com/nixondinner

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018

Time: Meet & Greet: 6:30 PM | Dinner: 7:00 PM

Dinner, dessert, wine, coffee, or tea

Speaker: 8:00 p.m. followed by book signing 

Location: Valero Community Engagement Center located at the San Antonio Food Bank,

5200 Enrique Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78227.

Cost: $55 per person, $35 for students.

Paid sponsorships for students available upon request. Advanced registration is required

For more information about Gary Taubes visit: https://www.prhspeakers.com/speaker/gary-taubes

Ron Philo, PhD, on the Anatomical Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci

Dr. Philo, senior lecturer in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, describes his research on the anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and his collaboration with Martin Clayton, Deputy Curator of the Print Room at Windsor Castle, England, on the award-winning exhibition catalog, Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man, published in 2010. Dr. Philo retired from the University in August, 2010.

Talks on History and Health

Oral History Interviews featuring images of Dr. Ramirez and others

The Project

Over the years, a number of important audio and video interviews, lectures and presentations on the history of medicine and healthcare have been collected in the University Archives of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. This project aims to digitize these talks and make them available for download and online viewing or listening through the Internet Archive, or other channels, at the pages linked below.

The Talks

A Personal History of Bexar County Medicine (February, 1980)
Dr. Perry W. Nadig interviews Dr. Byron Wyatt, a pioneer San Antonio physician.

Historical remembrances of Dr. Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. (2007 and 2011)
Two interviews with the eminent South Texas physician: a video interview from 2011, and an audio interview by Special Collections Librarian Pennie Borchers from October 2007.

Oral History Interview with Mr. Victor Oliveros (November, 2009)
Special Collections Librarian Pennie Borchers interviews City of Laredo epidemiologist and public health advocate Victor Oliveros about public health issues on the Texas-Mexico border.

Ron Philo, PhD, on the Anatomical Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci (July, 2010)
Dr. Philo, senior lecturer in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, describes his research and publications on the anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.

Charleen Moore, PhD: “Anatomists and their Art” (October, 2011)
A presentation by Dr. Moore,  Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Health Science Center’s Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, featuring many important works from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.


Technology Sandbox Coming Soon to the UT Health Briscoe Library


The Briscoe Library Technology Sandbox, an area with interactive work spaces and some of the newest technology to enhance medical education, is quickly coming together on the main floor of the library. Comfortable seating, desks, and a large worktable have been installed along with a 75 inch monitor now available for use. Soon, the space will feature a 3-D printer and computers for working with some of the latest 3-D visualization and virtual technology software. The technology will include an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for students and faculty to interact with anatomy in two new, immersive ways: The Body VR and 3-D Organon VR Anatomy. The Body VR allows the user to travel through the bloodstream to discover how blood cells function and how organelles work together to fight viruses. The 3-D Organon VR Anatomy is described by Oculus as “the world’s first fully-featured virtual reality anatomy atlas.”

Also shown above is a newly installed exhibit in the Sandbox area entitled Transforming Anatomy: Then and Now. The exhibit features materials from the PI Nixon Medical Historical Library illustrating the timeline of the study of anatomy including the original works of Andreas Vesalius considered to be the father of modern anatomy. Come see how far we have come from the original anatomy masters to the latest in technology and software.

Watch for announcements regarding a launch event for the Technology Sandbox. Contact John Weed at WeedJ@uthscsa.edu for more information.

Upcoming 2016 Events for the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library


The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library are committed to the development and use of an exceptional collection of books and manuscripts relating to the history of medicine and the health sciences. The collection was established through the efforts of Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon (1883-1965), who was born in Guadalupe County, attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and later built a practice in San Antonio. Your  support of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library  helps to assure that we will be able to maintain, build, and promote the use of the collection, both on the campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and in the academic communities of the surrounding area.

The History of Medicine Society is a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. It meets on the third Thursday of the month during academic semesters to discuss the historical development of the health sciences and to explore the impact of medicine on society. Membership is free, and meetings are open to the general public.

The next meeting of the History of Medicine Society is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2016

6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library

The topic will be Orthopedic Eponyms, presented by Fred Olin, MD.

On Wednesday, November 2nd 2016, the 46th Annual Friends Dinner Meeting and Presentation will be held

Kirsten Gardner, PhD, will be speaking on “Patient Decisions: A History of Diabetes Since the Discovery of Insulin”

The dinner is held at the Old San Francisco Steak House, 10223 Sahara Street

(Located north of Loop 410. From San Pedro, turn right onto  Sahara Street.)

Sponsorships for students are available on request. Advanced registration is required.

Please RSVP by October 21, 2016. A link to the reservation form is available below.

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library annual dinner reservation form @ frienddinnerreservationform_2016

For more information, contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement, at 210-567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Visit with Gary Taubes October 26th, 2-3pm, AltC 3.304

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!