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 Unpublished essays in broad areas related to the history of the health sciences are eligible for submission.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.

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/

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.

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: February 24

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 Library Classrooms 2.019/2.027/2.029 on the 2nd 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, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.