History of Medicine

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.

47th Annual Friends Dinner a Success with Talk on History of Race

The 47th Annual Dinner of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library was held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse. This year’s dinner hosted seventy- five attendees including students from all five schools at the Health Science center, the Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy, and UTSA.

The evening kicked off with announcements about upcoming P.I. Nixon events including the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Contest and the upcoming Nixon Open House in spring 2018, which will coincide with the local Tricentennial festivities. The Friends welcomed Eithan Kotkowski as the new President of the Friends board and Dr. Anand Karnad as the new Vice President. The board also welcomed Dr. Piernik-Yoder and Sue Simon as the newest Members-at-Large.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Dr. Jill Fleuriet, a medical anthropologist from the University of Texas at San Antonio, who delivered a very thought-provoking presentation about the history of race in America, its impact on health care, and future implications.

For more information about the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Andrea N. Schorr at schorr@uthscsa.edu or visit the Friends web page, www.library.uthscsa.edu/2011/11/nixon-library/

Annual P.I. Nixon Dinner Draws a Crowd

 

The message to the 120 attendees of the 48th Annual Friends of the Nixon Medical Historical Library Dinner this year (on Friday October 26th) was that, yes, sugar is bad for you. Author Gary Taubes, award-winning science and health journalist, shared an historical account of the tracking of diabetes rates and made a convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium. This did not, however, keep some of those in attendance from eating their dessert.

The subject, though lighthearted at times, bears undeniably serious considerations for the role of diet and nutrition in the health of our U.S. population as well as the health of our healthcare system. Outgoing President of the Friends, Eithan Kotkowski, was on hand to introduce Mr. Taubes and pass the gavel on to incoming Friends President, Dr. Anand Karnad. Mr. Kotkowski has also written a more detailed account of Mr. Taube’s work in an article for The Pipette Gazette.

April 2016 Historical Book of the Month

Image of blackberry from American Medical Botany

In honor of Earth Day, this month’s chosen resource is Jacob Bigelow’s American Medical Botany, a 3-volume set published between 1817 and 1820 and one of the first titles published in the United States containing colored plant illustrations.

Sixty beautiful colored plates were produced using a special process invented by Bigelow himself. Each entry includes a plant’s botanical history, chemical examination, medicinal uses, and dissections of the flower and fruit from the plant.

For more information on the collections of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Andrea Schorr, Head of Resource Management, at schorr@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2403.

Archivists Visit Nixon Library

On Thursday, May 24, a group from the Society of Southwest Archivists toured the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. They were welcomed by a thoughtful selection of classic and rare books, including works by Andreas Vesalius (De Humani Corporis Fabrica – 1543), Bernhard Siegfried Albinus (Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body – 1749), and Robert Hooke (The Micrographia – 1667). Also featured were several local archival documents and historical medical instruments from the 18th and 19th century.

The Society of Southwest Archivists is an organization focused on preserving documentary heritage, and caters to archivists, preservationists, special collections librarians, conservators, and records managers. The Society of Southwest Archivists held their annual conference here  in San Antonio on May 23-26, and the Nixon Library was selected as an official tourist venue for the conference.

 

 

August 2016 Historical Book of the Month

The August 2016 Historical Book of the Month highlights the oldest resource in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, De Medicina, published in Milan in 1481.

Image of book: De Medicina by Celsus

Aulus Cornelius Celsus was a first-century Roman historian who compiled this set of treatises as a home health reference for wealthy Patrician families. It includes principles of good surgery, dental practices, proper diet, and herbal remedies. De Medicina was rediscovered in the late Middle Ages and chosen as one of the first medical texts to be set in type.

For more information on the collections of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Andrea Schorr, Head of Resource Management, at schorr@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2403.

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.

Danny Jones Essay Winner Presents During Library Fiesta Celebration

During Briscoe Library’s Fiesta Celebration on April 11th, Jacob Canfield (pictured here) sparked quite a discussion about his winning essay Anti-Vax: 19th Century Insights into a Modern Healthcare Issue. (Canfield,Jacob_EssayAward_2019)

The audience of students, faculty and staff attending the presentation included Rajia Tobia, past Executive Director of the UT Health Libraries who began the essay contest (Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award) in honor of her late husband who served as Head of Special Collections at the UT Health San Antonio Briscoe Library and who was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

The Nixon Library, located on the 5th floor of Briscoe Library, houses approximately 6,000 rare and classic texts in the history of medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health care disciplines, dating from the 15th to early 20th centuries. The Nixon Library also houses the University Archives and a small collection of local historical documents.

Jacob’s presentation will be expanded as part of a lecture series sponsored by the Friend’s starting next fall.

 

Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award Winner

Please join us in congratulating Jacob Canfield (School of Medicine), this years’ winner of the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award sponsored by the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library. This annual contest was established in memory of Danny Jones, M.L.S., who served as Head of Special Collections at the UT Health at San Antonio Briscoe Library and who was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Jacob is a first year medical student from Fort Worth. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University Commerce and is involved with the organizations Frontera de Salud and Access Care Texas here at UT Health San Antonio. Jacob loves nature, history, and fossil hunting!

Pictured here congratulating Jacob is Owen Ellard, Senior Director of Libraries. Jacob’s essay was entitled Anti-Vax: 19th Century Insights into a Modern Healthcare Issue. For those of you who would like to hear more about Jacob’s essay, he will be providing a presentation on his topic during the Student Fiesta celebration being planned for April.

A copy of Jacob’s essay is provided here: Canfield,Jacob_EssayAward_2019.

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.