History of Medicine

2015 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition

Painting of Avicenna

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library welcome submissions for the 2015 essay competition in memory of Danny Jones, M.L.S., who served as Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Library and who was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The essay can be on any topic related to the history of the health sciences, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, or any other health science subject or profession.

The contest is open to current students in any of the schools of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, as well as affiliated interns, residents, and fellows. Unpublished essays in broad areas related to the history of the health sciences are eligible for submission. Previous essays not selected are also eligible for resubmission.

A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best essay as chosen by a panel of three judges. This prize will be presented at the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Annual Dinner on November 5, 2015.

Word Limit

No more than 2500 words

Deadline

October 12, 2015

Format

Please send entries in PDF format to finnie@uthscsa.edu.

For more information, contact Lisa Matye Finnie at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

3rd Annual History of Medicine Trivia Contest – January 20

triviaJoin the History of Medicine Society for the 3rd Annual History of Medicine Trivia Contest on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. Jack Flores, MS III, will challenge contestants on their knowledge of the history of the health sciences and medical pop culture. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team!

Membership in the History of Medicine Society is free, and meetings are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served!

For more information on the History of Medicine Society, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

42nd Annual Dinner and Presentation of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library: Save the date

Richard Luduena, PhDThe Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Inbreeding and Incest in Royal Families will be the topic of the 42nd Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

6:30 p.m.

Doubletree Airport Hotel, 37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough

 

Richard Ludueña, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, will deliver the address at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, November 7, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.  The dinner will be held at the Doubletree Airport Hotel, 37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough.  Dr. Ludueña will discuss incest and inbreeding in the Spanish, Egyptian and Inca royal families, describing their behaviors and exploring reasons why inbreeding and/or incest, despite the taboo, persisted in these families.

Watch for more information in future newsletters.

Student attendance at the Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is $30, and includes membership in the Friends organization.  Sponsorships are available for students who would like to attend but who need financial assistance. 

For all others, the cost of the dinner is $55.

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite all those interested in the history of medicine to an intriguing presentation and an enjoyable evening of good food and conversation.

Advance registration is required.  Please RSVP, including requests for scholarship assistance, by November 2, 2012 to Susan Hunnicutt: Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

 

 

Anatomists and Their Art: History of medicine presentation by Dr. Charleen M. Moore can now be viewed online

In October 2011, Dr. Charleen Moore, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Health Science Center’s Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, gave a presentation on “Anatomists and Their Art” which featured many of the most important works in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  Dr. Moore explained the interrelationship between anatomical study and art by looking at:

  • Artists who dissected (such as Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer),
  • Anatomists who drew (such as Robert Hooke and the Bell brothers), and
  • Anatomists who teamed up with artists (as  Vesalius did with van Calcar, or Albinus did with Wandelaar).

You can see and hear Dr. Moore’s presentation (28 minutes long) by clicking the “play” button below.

 
 

Announcing the Noon Lecture Series: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library have planned a series of lectures on the history of  infectious diseases for the coming months.

The Noon Lecture Series provides opportunities for informal learning and conversation in the Howe Conference Room (5.076) on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.  Everyone is invited.

mosquitoSeptember 20, 12:00 noon – Death Delivered on Gossamer Wings:  the Resurgence of West Nile Virus Encephalitis in Texas, 2012

Gregory Anstead, MD, PhD, Director, Immunosuppression and Infectious Disease Clinics, Veterans Healthcare System will be the speaker.

 

Florence Nightingale, Cholera patients, Crimean WarOctober 25. 12:00 noon – Cholera: Ancient Plague, Current Scourge

George Crawford, MD, MACP, Internal Medicine Program Director, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will be the speaker.

 

 

 

November 8, 12:00 noon – Apocalypse Cow- The Strange Rise and Fortunate Decline of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Gregory Anstead, MD, PhD, Director, Immunosuppression and Infectious Disease Clinics, Veterans Healthcare System will be the speaker.

 

For more information about the Noon Lecture Series contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu

 

 

Coming in November: The 42nd Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Richard Luduena, PhD

Richard Ludueña, PhD

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

6:30 p.m.

Doubletree Airport Hotel, 37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Inbreeding and Incest in Royal Families”

Richard Ludueña, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, will deliver the address at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, November 7, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.  The dinner, which is followed by a short business meeting, will be held at the Doubletree Airport Hotel, 37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough.

Dr. Ludueña will discuss incest and inbreeding in the Spanish, Egyptian and Inca royal families, describing their behaviors and exploring reasons why inbreeding and/or incest, despite the taboo, persisted in these families.

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite students in all of the schools to attend the dinner and become members of the Friends’ group.  The cost to students for the dinner and annual membership is $30.  Students are encouraged to apply for sponsorships which cover the cost of registration and membership for one year.

For all others, the cost of the dinner is $55.

All who are interested in the history of medicine are invited to an intriguing presentation and an enjoyable evening of good food and conversation.

Advance registration is required.  Please RSVP, including requests for scholarship assistance, by November 2, 2012.  Send completed registration form to Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

 

 

Corinne McLeod to Present Winning Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay

Corinne McLeod, MS III and winner of the 2014 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Contest, will present her paper at the March 18, 2015 meeting of the History of Medicine Society. Corinne’s paper, entitled Sex Reassignment Surgery: the Early Years, discusses the history of the development of surgery to treat gender dysphoric and trans* individuals.

The History of Medicine Society, a subgroup of the Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, welcomes university faculty, staff, and students as well as area health professionals, students and faculty from other universities, and anyone interested in the history of medicine.

 

Photograph of Lili Elbe.

1926 photo of Lili Elbe, former Danish painter Einar Wegener, one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

 

Date & Time:      6:00 pm, March 18, 2015

Location:             Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th Floor

Everyone is welcome to attend!

For more information about the History of Medicine Society, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or phone: 210-567-2406.

Photograph is from N. Hoyer, ed., Man into Woman. An Authentic Record of a Change of Sex. The true story of the miraculous transformation of the Danish painter Einar Wegener (Andreas Sparre). London: Jarrolds, 1933. Creative Commons Attribution free to share.

Deadline to Enter Danny Jones Student Essay Contest – October 12

Enter the Danny Jones Student Essay Competition by October 12!

Painting of AvicennaThe Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library welcome submissions for the 2015 essay competition in memory of Danny Jones, MLS, who served as Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Library and who was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

The contest is open to current students in any of the schools of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, as well as affiliated interns, residents, and fellows. Unpublished essays in broad areas related to the history of the health sciences, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, or any other health science subject or profession, are eligible for submission. Previous essays not selected are also eligible for resubmission.

Word Limit
No more than 2500 words

Prize
$500

Submission
Please send entries in PDF format to finnie@uthscsa.edu by October 12, 2015.

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

Dentists Gone Bad! History of Medicine Society

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the dentist…

Photograph of Cecil the Lion

Irene Bober-Moken, DMD, MPH will present Dentists Gone Bad at the February 24 History of Medicine Society Meeting at 6 PM in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th Floor of the Library.

Learn about dentist Larry Lavin, the King of Coke, and Colin Howell, the murderer of both his wife and his former lover’s husband. Who could forget dentist Walter Palmer, the hunter of Cecil the Lion? Join us for these fascinating stories and more!

Membership in the History of Medicine Society is free, and meetings are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served!

For more information on the History of Medicine Society, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

 

 

 

Dentists: Prisoners of the Rising Sun – History of Medicine Society

Photograph of Dentist of the Rising Sun

How does one provide dental treatment without any instruments or materials while being used as slave labor along a death railroad? Simple, you forge your own instruments. Along with sculpting dental chairs out of termite mounds, making bamboo chairs, and tapping rubber trees for latex, 83 military dentists during their 45 months of captivity proved that necessity is the mother of invention.

Irene Bober-Moken, DMD, MPH presents Dentists: Prisoners of the Rising Sun at the August 19, 2015 meeting of the History of Medicine Society, a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. Membership in the History of Medicine Society is free, and meetings are open to the public.

When: August 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Where: Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room (5th floor)

The History of Medicine Society has an exciting list of programs scheduled for this academic year! HOM_Activities_2015_2016. Hope to see you there!

For more information, contact Lisa Matye Finnie at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.