Applied Neuroanatomy: Exhibit showcases MS-1 elective course offering

Neuroanatomy students gather around a table

Applied Neuroanatomy, Spring 2012
Syllabus created by Vinh Dao and Pon-Pon Yeh

The caption beneath the illustration reads, “Ascending central auditory pathways.  Monaural pathways are shown in red, binaural pathways in blue, and other connections in black…”   Twenty-eight labels in 8 point (very small) font  crowd onto a page that resembles a plate of spaghetti and meatballs.  Somehow, it all has to do with percussion, rhythm and beats, harmony, and deeply felt emotion.  But who would know?

Vinh Dao and Pon-Pon Yeh, now MS-3s, struggled in their first year of medical school with “dry and boring” material that was “very abstract and difficult to grasp.”  They had an idea, which they proposed to their professors, Charleen Moore, PhD and Kristine Vogel, PhD, both of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology.  In an effort to make neuroanatomy more fun and more intuitive for students coming after them, and to help them integrate knowledge about neural pathways with their own experiences, the four worked together to create Applied Neuroanatomy.  The elective, which was attended by 18 MS-1s, took place in four units from March 30 to May 4, 2012.

  • To learn the neural pathways for proprioception and balance, students and their instructors had the opportunity to practice slacklining and yoga in the grassy area in front of the Briscoe Library, and to try out a unicycle and an Indo Board.
  • They packed up sketch pads, pastels, pencils and markers for a trip the the San Antonio Botanical Gardens where they undertook a series of exercises designed to draw attention to vision and the pathways associated with it.
  • They spent an evening spinning vinyl on turntables and using synthesizers to experiment with generating musical beats.
  • Finally, they created a feast for themselves, including fine wines and chocolate, and spent an evening reflecting on  the neural pathways associated with taste and olfaction.

An exhibit documenting the class in photos and words will be on display in the lecture hall commons of the School of Medicine beginning in early July.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

April 18: Noon hour program introduces documentary exhibit on San Antonio’s Haven for Hope

Haven for Hope

Faces of Hope, photos by Marie Langmore, will be on display in the Briscoe Library beginning April 18.

Marie Langmore, photographer

George Block, President and CEO of Haven for Hope

Wednesday, April 18, noon to 1:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th floor

In 2010 San Antonio portrait photographer Marie Langmore began work on a different kind of project, photographing clients at Haven for Hope, San Antonio’s transformational campus for the homeless that was nearing completion just west of downtown. An exhibit of Langmore’s documentary photographs, Faces of Hope, will open with a noon-hour program in the Howe Conference Room of the Briscoe Library on Wednesday, April 18. George Block, President and CEO, will join Marie Langmore to speak about the mission of Haven for Hope.

“Everyone has a story to tell and it is often displayed in their simple gestures, the way they choose to look at the camera, or a telling expression on their face,” Marie Langmore says. The Haven for Hope project put her behind the lens of her camera as witness to emotions ranging from the spontaneous joy of childhood friendship, to solitude, the contemplation of loss, and tender bonds that unite parents and their children in the midst of hardship. According to the Haven for Hope website, (http://www.havenforhope.org/new/) homelessness in Texas has increased 15.9% since 2008, and 23% of the homeless are veterans. On any given night there will be approximately 1600 individuals residing on the Haven for Hope campus.

Faces of Hope will be on display in the Lecture Hall Commons of the School of Medicine and on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library through June. The April 18 program in the Howe Conference Room is open to all. Attendees are invited and encouraged to bring their lunches. For more information contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

Chocolate: Exhibit opens February 10

Mixtec Marriage of Lord Eight Deer and Lady Thirteen Serpent

The sharing of chocolate is a common theme in pre-Columbian art. In this Mixtec image, Lord Eight Deer and Lady Thirteen Serpent exchange a cup of chocolate on the occasion of their marriage.

For centuries chocolate has been treasured not only for its amazing and delightful taste, but also for its healthful benefits.

The first historical evidence for dietary uses of chocolate dates back more than 3000 years. The native peoples of Mesoamerica– among them the Inca, the Maya and the Aztec– believed that cocoa was a gift from the gods. From the earliest days, chocolate (in Nahuatl, xocolatl) was seen as a medium of divine communication.  Goblets of chocolate appear frequently in pre-Columbian art and legend, in stories involving figures both divine and human.

The Spanish explorer Hernan Cortez was the first European to taste chocolate– possibly because he was mistaken for a god by the Aztec emperor Montezuma.  In 1519, Cortez reported that the beverage the Aztecs concocted from fruit of the cocoa tree was believed by Montezuma to be a “divine drink, which builds up resistance and fights fatigue.”  Also, “a cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food.”

Chocolate has been gathering extravagant claims and accolades of one kind or another ever since.

Recently, scientific studies of the health benefits of chocolate , and specifically of  cocoa, which is the essential ingredient in chocolate, have focused on the actions of two flavonoids, catechin and epicatechin.  Both have protective antioxidant properties and are found in tea and many fruits, including apricots, cherries, peaches, blackberries and apples.  However, they occur in extravagantly high levels in cocoa.  As it turns out, chocolate — or more precisely cocoa– may actually be very good for your heart, and for other things as well.

At least that’s what some people are saying…

Contemplate the many uses of chocolate while visiting our exhibit, Not Just Another Love Story, in the Medical School Lecture Hall Commons beginning February 10.  Then, stop by the Circulation Desk on Valentine’s Day.  Chocolate will be enjoyed.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

Dr. Sam Friedberg: People and Places

Ruth and Sam Friedberg

Dr. Friedberg, emeritus professor, with his wife Ruth Friedberg at the time of his 2000 exhibit in the Health Science Center auditorium.

Watercolors on display in the Briscoe Library Foyer

Dr. Sam Friedberg’s career as a water colorist began with a cat, sketched on a scrap of paper, on an airplane, in the late 1980s.  His wife Ruth was inspired, and soon gifted him with a class at the San Antonio Art Institute.

At first, it seemed that research in diabetes and lipid metabolism would eclipse whatever artistic talent Dr. Friedberg had.  But he was nearing retirement (he retired in 1992), and with time, the newer work prevailed.  He mounted his first exhibit, Faces, Places and Forms, in the foyer of the Health Science Center auditorium in February of 2000.  As Dr. Friedberg, a founding member of the faculty at the UT Health Science Center, told an interviewer at that time, painting “is very absorbing and a little like research… You are constantly trying things out. It relaxes and fascinates me, and transports me into another world.”

A new exhibit, Dr. Sam Friedberg: People and Places, is on display in the seating area at the entrance to the Briscoe Library.

Dr. Friedberg can be contacted at sjfriedberg@sbcglobal.net.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian


Everyday Miracles: On display at the Ramirez Library through June 16

Ex votos at the Ramirez Library

 Child with bandaged legs, 1977.  Oil on tin, Mexico, courtesy of Historia Antiques.

In many cultures, an ex-voto is widely recognized as a devotional painting that is created when an individual’s prayers for healing are answered. After praying to a saint or deity, an individual would commission a local artist to create a small painting that would be hung in a local church as a public testimony of that individual’s faith and gratitude for a miraculous healing.

Typically, ex-votos consist of three basic elements: the depiction of the event, a short description, and an illustration of the saint or deity.  Ex-votos also document the treatment of diseases such as tuberculosis, smallpox, and cancer throughout history.  Special emphasis is usually placed on severe symptoms and suffering in the patient .   The well-known Peres Maldonado ex-voto, which is included in the exhibit, shows a woman undergoing breast cancer surgery in 1777.

From May 7th – June 16th, the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library and Lower Rio Grande Valley AHEC are co-hosting a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine called Everyday Miracles: Medical Imagery in Ex-Votos.   The exhibit includes examples of ex-votos in both the Italian and Mexican traditions.

An online companion to the traveling exhibit can be viewed on the National Library of Medicine exhibitions page at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/exvotos/.  The online exhibit includes a brief history of ex-votos as well as an online gallery representing a variety of traditions and time periods.

Library staff in Harlingen have taken photographs of ex-votos and devotional images in locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley as a complement to the display.  Library resources, including books and articles which address spirituality in medicine are available for viewing in the exhibit area.

Kathy Carter, Ramirez Library Librarian




Exhibit in the Briscoe Library highlights the science and art of anatomical illustration

Carlos Machado, MD

An exhibit, The Artistic Style of Carlos Machado, MD: Selected Illustrations from the Netter Art Collection, is currently on display on the third floor of the Briscoe Library.

In the mid-1990s Carlos Machado was selected to continue the work of Dr. Frank Netter, a 20th century physician and artist who had come to be known as “Medicine’s Michelangelo.”   Starting in the late 1940s, Netter had initiated a series of illustrations that were based on painstaking research and study of the human body.  He developed groundbreaking techniques for presenting anatomical information in ways that enhance its accessibility to students, and over the next 40 years the collection grew into an eight-part series, with each part depicting a body system.  It is a classic resource on human anatomy for students of medicine and the health sciences.

Carlos Machado, who received his medical degree at the Faculdade Medicina de Teresopolis in Rio de Janeiro and later trained in cardiology at Santa Casa de Misericordia, has been a principal illustrator for the Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations for the past 19 years.  Dr. Machado has added over 1,000 new illustrations to the collection, and also updated many of the Netter images to reflect current medical practice and knowledge.  His work can be seen in Netter Presenter, a database containing images from the Netter: Atlas of Human Anatomy 5th Edition. 

Netter Presenter can be accessed from the library’s database pages

The exhibit will remain on display through the summer.  It  is on loan from NetterImages.com, ©Elsevier.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian


Hurricane Beulah exhibit makes many stops as it travels through South Texas

Hurricane Beulah Exhibit- viewed by community

Community members view the Hurricane Beulah exhibit in Harlingen, Texas in June 2011.

An exhibit documenting the dedication, compassion and resourcefulness of community and health professionals in the aftermath of Hurricane Beulah recently traveled to several locations throughout South Texas, including areas where memories of the hurricane and its aftermath were still fresh in the minds of those who visited the exhibit.   In addition to being displayed at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen, the exhibit has traveled to Operation Lone Star in Rio Grande City (2011) and Brownsville (2012).  It also made a month-long stop at Rio Grande City Public Library where a reception was held to honor the work of Dr. Mario E. Ramirez and other volunteers who helped flood victims following the hurricane.

The exhibit has been displayed at the Laredo Public Library, the Briscoe Library at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, the Killam Library at Texas A&M International, the University of Texas Health Science Center Regional Campus Library in Laredo and the University of Texas Pan American Library.

During June 2011 and 2012, the Hurricane Beulah exhibit also made stops at Hurricane Preparedness Fairs throughout the Rio Grande Valley.  Hurricane Preparedness Fairs are organized annually by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and spotlight disaster preparedness services and resources available to the community.

Beulah made landfall at the mouth of the Rio Grande on September 21, 1967.   It caused extensive flooding on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.  To escape the rising flood waters, over 14,000 refugees from Camargo, Tamaulipas crossed the border into the small town of Roma, Texas.  It was in Roma that Dr. Mario E. Ramirez, the only physician in town and Starr County’s Public Health Service Director, rose to action in the face of a crisis.  For several weeks, Dr. Ramirez along with volunteers from the local community, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, as well as the U.S. Army, worked to help the hurricane victims.


Hurricane Beulah exhibit viewed by health professionals

Health professionals view the Hurricane Beulah exhibit during Operation Lone Star at Fort Ringgold in Rio Grande City. The Fort Ringgold gymnasium, where this photograph was taken, served as an emergency shelter following Hurricane Beulah. Several photographs in the collection were taken in the same spot over 45 years ago.

The documents included in the exhibit are part of the Dr. Mario E. Ramirez Collection, which is housed in the Ramirez Library in Harlingen.   They were taken by George Tuley, a Rio Grande City teacher, who would later go on to a 39-year career as a photojournalist at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.  The photographs portray the use of makeshift medical equipment in the absence of IV poles, incubators, and oxygen tents.  They also document the transformation of a high school into a packaged disaster hospital where blackboards were used to record patient information including diagnoses and treatments.

Work on the Hurricane Beulah exhibit began in 2009 when the Ramirez Library received a Library Technology Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) to support the digitization of 139 photographs and 185 pages of letters, newspaper clippings, and personal journal entries related to the aftermath of the hurricane. The full collection of Hurricane Beulah photographs from the Ramirez Collection can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/beulahphotos.

For more information, contact Graciela Reyna, Assistant Director, Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at (956) 365-8850 or reynag@uthscsa.edu.

This project was  funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract N01-LM-6-3505 with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

Kathy Carter, Librarian at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen



Local exhibit showcases rare books from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Regimen Sanitatus Salerni

Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum, a primary source for medieval humorism, appeared in manuscript form between the 11 and the 14th centuries. It was enormously popular. Following its first appearance in print it was translated into almost every European language. Nearly forty different editions were produced before 1501. The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns a 1575 edition of the work, Regimen Sanitatis Salerni, that was produced in London.

Humoral medicine, with its roots in ancient Greece, held that an excess or deficiency of any of four bodily liquids was a primary source of differences in temperment and health.  Humorism was the most commonly held view of the human body in the West before the advent of modern scientific medicine in the nineteenth century.

A local exhibit currently on display in the Briscoe Library provides an introduction to humoral thinking and showcases some of the resources of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library that shed light on that tradition.

The local exhibit, which has been planned in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine exhibit There’s the Humor of It: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, can be found  in the seating area at the entrance to the Briscoe Library.  Books from the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library that are highlighted in the exhibit include:

Regimen Sanitatis Salerni (1575)

Avicenna, The Canon of Medicine (1582)

Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1632)

Both exhibits and their accompanying presentations are programs of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  For information about either exhibit, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

Primary Care Week is March 19-23: “Everyone’s at the table”


UTHSCSA Primary Care Week, March 19-23, 2012


March 21, 2012; Exhibition, 11:30 a.m.- 3:00p.m.; Town Hall, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Pestana Lecture Hall (3.104/MS2)

Keynote: James L. Holly, MD, “Progress in Primary Care”

Reception to follow

The Health Science Center will hold its first Primary Care Week March 19-23, 2011.  Sponsored by various UT Health Science Center departments and organizations, the event is planned to honor health professionals who carry out the important work of primary care.

During the week of March 19-23, daily programs will be devoted to discussion of primary care issues and topics led by faculty, students and local health care practitioners.  On Wednesday, March 21, a Primary Care Exhibition and Town Hall will be held in the Pestana Lecture Hall foyer.  An exhibition with poster sessions and exhibits will be featured from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, followed by a Town Hall in the Pestana Lecture Hall from 3:00-5:00 p.m. with Dr. James L. Holly delivering the keynote address.

The Briscoe Library will be an exhibitor at this event, highlighting the services librarians and library staff offer to the campus and health professionals in our region.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Viola Elisco, Department of Family & Community Medicine; Email:  elisco@uthscsa.edu;   Phone: (210) 562-6550.



Shakespeare and the Four Humors: Exhibit opens Wednesday in the Briscoe Library


This image of the sanguine personality type was created by Henry Peacham in 1612. In Shakespeare’s day, sanguine personality was believed to be associated with the predominance of blood in relation to the three other bodily humors– yellow bile or choler, black bile or melancholer, and phlegm. Image courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Dr. Mark Bayer, guest speaker

February 13, 6:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

William Shakespeare’s (1564–1616) characters are timeless, yet he described human personality in the language of his age.  The theory of  the four bodily humors—blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm–  extends across Shakespeare‘s works, and is connected with the belief that emotional states have physical causes.  In Elizabethan England the four bodily humors were thought to engender the passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear— emotions that drive much of the action in Shakespeare‘s plays.

There’s the Humor of It: Shakespeare and the Four Humors is a  traveling exhibit produced by the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health and the Folger Shakespeare Library to explore the inner logic of humoral theory as well as its connections to modern medical thought and practices.

The exhibit will open in the Briscoe Library at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of February 13 with a guest presentation by Dr. Mark Bayer, a member of the faculty in the Department of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Dr. Bayer will speak on the topic, Why the Four Humours Make Sense: Shakespeare and the Four Humours.

The exhibit will remain on display through March 22.

In another event planned in conjunction with the exhibit,  Dr. Charleen Moore of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology will speak on the topic,  A Balancing Act: Medical Practices and the Four Humors in the Renaissance. Her presentation will take place at noon on Wednesday, February 27th.

Both presentations are programs of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, and will take place in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.


  • Page 1 of 2
  • 1
  • 2
  • >