History of Medicine

Department of the Army medical historian to speak in January

Army logo

Thursday, January 24, 6:00  p.m.

Howe Conference Room, 5th Floor, Briscoe Library

On the evening of  Thursday, January 24 Dr. Sanders Marble, Senior Historian with the Office of Medical History at Fort Sam Houston, will speak to the History of Medicine Society on the topic,  Medical History and the Military: Opportunities and Differences.  The event is open to all UT Health Science Center affiliates as well as members of the wider community.

The History of Medicine Society is a newly-formed interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  For information about history of medicine programs or membership in the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: Email hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu, or call 567-2406.

Earth Day Display of Rare Herbal Books

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.  ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

In honor of Earth Day, the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will display several rare herbal books from its collection. Stop by the Nixon Library on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 to view these illustrated treasures.

 Image of Blackberry

 This display will include:

  • American Medical Botany, one of the first books published in the United States to contain colored plant illustrations
  • William Withering’s 1785 An Account of the Foxglove
  • An 1824 edition of Culpeper’s Complete Herbal
  • A reprint of the 1633 edition of Gerard’s General History of Plants

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

Blackberry Image Courtesy of American Medical Botany, Volume II ©1818.

 

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

 
 

Francine Mary Netter Speaks at Friends Annual Dinner

This year’s Annual Dinner of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library was held on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse. One hundred and six registrants, including forty-eight students from the Health Science Center’s five schools and the Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy, enjoyed an evening of dining and fellowship.

 

Photograph of faculty and students at Friends Dinner

Faculty and Students Gather at the Friends Dinner

 

The highlight of the evening was Francine Mary Netter’s informative and entertaining presentation on the life and work of her father, famous medical illustrator Frank Netter, MD. She shared family memories and personal anecdotes about this extremely talented man, as well as images of sketches and paintings outside the realm of anatomy. Following her presentation, Francine Netter signed copies of her book, Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life and Art of Frank H. Netter, MD.

 

Photograph of Francine Mary Netter signing a book

Francine Netter Signs  Dr. Irene Bober-Moken’s Book

 

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library- Annual Dinner and Presentation is November 7

Hieronymous Brunschwig, 1494

The Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will take place the evening of November 7, 2012 at 6:30 in the evening at the Airport Doubletree Hotel.  Richard Ludueña, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, will speak on the topic, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:  Inbreeding and Incest in Royal 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.

Complete information about the dinner and presentation, as well as the year’s activities of the Friends group, can be found in the organization’s newsletter, which is available online or in the Special Collections Reading Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.

Students interested in requesting a sponsorship for the dinner should contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.  The general registration form for the Annual Dinner and Presentation can be found here:  Registration Form.

 

 

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.

Historical Book of the Month on Digital Signage

The P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library houses many rare and historical books that are interesting to read, have wonderful illustrations, and are extremely important to the history of the health sciences. To highlight some of these treasures, the staff of the Nixon Library have started a new program that features one book each month. Brief information about the book is displayed on the digital signage throughout the Health Science Center.  The Book of the Month is available for viewing in the Nixon Library from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

This month’s book is Anthropometamorphosis: Man Transform’d: or, the

Example of face piercing

Illustration of face piercing

ArtificiallChangling, a delightful book published by English physician John Bulwer in 1653. Bulwer illustrates tattooing and body mutilations described in old literature or reported to him by sea captains and others traveling throughout the world.

For more information or to arrange a visit to the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian at finnie@uthscsa.edu or phone: 210-567-2406.

History of Anatomy class visits the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Ten students from the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences visited the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the evening of Tuesday, April 24 to view more than 40 items from the library’s rare book collection.  The visit was the conclusion of the School of Medicine’s enrichment elective, ELEC 5022, and the graduate school’s CSBL 5015. The class, which was taught by Dr. Charleen Moore of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, covered the history of anatomy from ancient times through the 19th century.

Among the items on display:

ALBINUS, Bernhard Siegfried (1697-1770), Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body, London, 1st edition in Latin – 1749

HOOKE, Robert (1635-1703), Micrographia, London, 1667

VESALIUS, Andreas (1514-1564), De humani corporis fabrica libri septem, Basel, 1543

Students also viewed the oldest book in the Nixon library’s collection, CELSUS, Aulus Cornelius, De  medicina, 2nd edition, 1481.  De medicina is a member of a class of books known as incunables,  the first books to be produced by the printing press in the late 15th century.

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library or to schedule a visit, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library- class visit

Dr. Charleen Moore and students from the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences visited the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on April 24.

 

ALBINUS, Bernhard Siegfried (1697-1770) Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body, 1747

Among the books on display in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on April 24: ALBINUS, Bernhard Siegfried (1697-1770), Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body, 1749.

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

Alexandra Hospital, East Clandon: a ward in which some children are in bed while others stand around a piano being played by a nurse. Photograph, 1913(?).

Alexandra Hospital, East Clandon. Approximately 1913.

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.

Image: Courtesy of Wellcome Images, http://wellcomeimages.org/.