History of Medicine

Francine Mary Netter to Speak at 45th Annual Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Dinner

Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life and Art of Frank H. Netter, MD

Francine Mary Netter, daughter of famous medical illustrator Frank Netter, MD, will be the guest speaker at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. Drawing on her personal remembrances, her father’s autobiographical notes, and hundreds of interviews, she will discuss his life and work and provide a personal glimpse into the man behind the art.

When

Photograph of Frank Netter, MD and Francine Mary Netter

Frank Netter, MD and Francine Netter
Photograph courtesy of Francine Netter

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Cash bar 6:30 PM
Dinner 7:00 PM

Where
Old San Francisco Steak House
10223 Sahara Street (off San Pedro north of Loop 410)

Cost
$55 per person
$35 for students (Student price includes dinner and annual membership in the Friends)

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite students to attend the dinner and to become members of the Friends. Students are encouraged to apply for sponsorships to cover the cost of registration and membership.

RSVP
Advanced registration is required.

Send completed Reservation_Form and sponsorship requests to Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu by October 23, 2015 or call 210-567-2406 for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights in the History of the Army Nurse Corps

Photograph of postcard adapted from poster: Join the Army Nurse Corps

Lark A. Ford, PhD, RN will present Highlights in the History of the Army Nurse Corps on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 12 Noon in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Library. Dr. Ford will discuss key memorials to nursing from 1902 through 2000, the first century of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.

This lecture is being held in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit, Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection, which will be on display on the 3rd floor of the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library from April 4, 2016 to May 15, 2016.

Dr. Lark Ford is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Restoration and Care Systems Management in the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing. She joined the nursing faculty in 2006 following 33 years of military service in the United States Army Nurse Corps, retiring at the rank of Colonel. Lark has earned a BSN in Nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, an MSN in Nursing Administration from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and an MA and a PhD from the School of Human and Organization Development at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.

 

Photograph of the Army Nurse Corps Vietnam Women's Memorial

Army Nurse Corps Vietnam Women’s Memorial

 

This event is free and open to everyone. Please, bring your lunch and join us for dessert!

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

Historical Anatomy Books on Display April 12

Illustration of Body Muscles

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will be holding an exhibit of rare and historical anatomical texts on April 12 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Nixon Reading Room and the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. View a 1st edition of De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem by Andreas Vesalius published in 1543 and a 1481 edition of De Medicina by Aulus Cornelius Celsus, the Nixon Library’s oldest book. The display is open to the general public, and all are welcome to come see these treasures up close.

For more information on the collections of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library or to arrange a book display or tour, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

Historical Bexar County Medical Society Membership Records Available Online

Picture of John M. McIntosh, MD

John A. McIntosh, MD, specialist in nervous and mental diseases. Born Oct. 19, 1878, in Brownwood, Texas. Graduated from UT Galveston in 1903.

Last fall the Special Collections of the UT Health Science Center Library received a Rescuing Texas History Grant from the University of North Texas to fund digitization of applications and photographs of members of the Bexar County Medical Association born 1910 or earlier. Many of these records are a unique resource for historical and genealogical research as they provide the names of family members (spouses, children, parents, siblings) in addition to date and place of birth of members, education, training, and current and previous work experience.

The project has been completed, and the records can now be viewed in the History of Medicine collection of the Digital Archive.  They may also be browsed on the University of North Texas’s Portal to Texas History website.

History of Anatomy Class Visits P.I. Nixon Library

History of Anatomy Class Views Hooke's Micrographia

On April 12, 2016, the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library hosted this year’s History of Anatomy Class taught by Charleen Moore, PhD, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology.

Faculty, students, and staff from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library gathered to view 50 titles from the historical anatomy book collection, along with two stereoscopes, accompanying multi-dimensional slides, and a rare tintype of surgeon and pharmacist Dr. Crawford Long.

Highlights of the event included a chance to see up-close a 1st edition of De humani corporis fabrica libri septem (1543) by Andreas Vesalius and a collection of early nineteenth-century books on surgery by brothers, Charles and John Bell.

roup Photograph of History of Anatomy Class

For more information on the collections of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

History of Medicine in Poetry

Once again in honor of Poetry Month, the History of Medicine Society of the Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will be meeting in the Howe Conference Room on April 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm to discuss the history of medicine in poetry. UTHSCSA faculty, students, and staff will be reading selected historical poetry, as well as their own original poems.

Take time from your work and study and come enjoy the readings and discussion.  Everyone is welcome!

Kindness First Known in a Hospital

The place seemed new and strange as death,
The white strait bed, with others strait and white,
Like graves dug side by side at measured lengths,
And quiet people walking in and out
With wonderful low voices and soft steps,
And apparitional equal care for each,
Astonished her with order, silence, law:
And when a gentle hand held out a cup,
She took it as you do a sacrament,
Half awed, half melted, – not being used, indeed,
To so much love as makes the form of love
And courtesy of manners.  Delicate drinks
And rare white bread, to which some dying eyes
Were turned in observation.  O my God,
How sick we must be ere we make men just!
I think it frets the saints in heaven to see
How many desolate creatures on the earth
Have learnt the simple dues of fellowship
And social comfort, in a hospital.

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Published in  The Doctor’s Window: Poems by the Doctor, For the Doctor, and About the Doctor. Ina Russelle Warren, editor.  Buffalo, New York; Charles Wells Moulton, 1898.

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

 

History of Medicine Society Draws Record Attendance

Sixty history of medicine enthusiasts attended the September 16th meeting of the History of Medicine Society, a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. Charleen Moore, PhD, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, presented Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance. The Garden Health Interest Group provided Harry Potter themed snacks, including Snitch cake pops, chocolate pretzel wands, and “Butter Beer” topped with whipped cream!

Dr. Charleen Moore presents

Following the presentation, attendees adjourned to the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library to view some of the books referenced in Dr. Moore’s talk, as well as some historical herbals with magnificent illustrations.

Student views historical medical book

For more information about the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library or the History of Medicine Society, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

History of Medicine Society: 18th Century M&M Conference

Image of Giovanni Morgagni

Shirley Nah, MS II, Charleen Moore, PhD, and Philip T. Valente, MD will present Morbidity & Mortality and Morgagni at the March 2016 History of Medicine Society meeting. Giovanni Morgagni systematically indexed almost 700 postmortem examinations correlating the autopsy findings with the patient’s symptoms.

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will have on display two editions of his monumental work:

  • De Sedibus, et Causis Morborum per Anatomen Indagatis Libri Quinque
    • 2nd edition
    • Published in Padua in 1765
  • The Seats and Causes of Diseases Investigated by Anatomy: In Five Books
    • 1st English edition
    • Published in London in 1769

When
March 23, 2016
6:00 PM

Where
Briscoe Library
Howe Conference Room (5th floor)

Membership in the History of Medicine Society is free, and meetings are open to the public. Light refreshments (including M&Ms) will be served!

For more information on the History of Medicine Society or the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 567-2406.

History of the Health Sciences Scavenger Hunt

Discover Hidden Treasures in the Briscoe Library!

Photograph of a wooden treasure chest with jewelsThe History of Medicine Society is sponsoring a treasure hunt for anyone interested in the history of the health sciences. The scavenger hunt will run from Tuesday, September 1 at 8:00 am through Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30 pm. Any time during that period, participants can pick up an entry form at the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library or in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the 5th floor. Uncover treasures located throughout the building and even online! See an ancient Roman coin, examine rare historical books, and view World War I posters.

Deadline

All forms must be returned to the Circulation Desk or to Nixon Library staff by 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 16.

Prizes

Participants must answer 8 out of 10 questions correctly to be eligible for a prize. All qualifying entrants may enter a drawing to win novelty chocolates, and student entrants are eligible for one of five $5 gift cards to Starbucks! Winners will be drawn at the September 16 meeting of the History of Medicine Society. Charleen Moore, Ph.D. and members of the Garden Health Interest Group will present Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room.

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

July 2016 Historical Book of the Month

Skeleton image from Osteographia by Cheselden

This month’s featured historical treasure is Osteographia, or The Anatomy of the Bones by William Cheselden. Published in London in 1753, this exquisite volume includes depictions of human and animal skeletons in interesting vignettes and in lifelike poses. His artists, Gerard van der Gucht and Jacob Schijnvoet, were the first to use the camera obscura to create more accurate engravings for book illustration.

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