History of Medicine

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.

June 2016 Historical Book of the Month

Image scanned from Charles Bell's Illustrations of the Great Operations of Surgery

The June 2016 Historical Book of the Month features the artistic masterpiece, Illustrations of the Great Operations  of Surgery: Trepan, Hernia, Amputation, Aneurism, and Lithotomy by Charles Bell published in London in 1821. Sir Charles Bell was a Scottish surgeon, neurologist, and anatomist and namesake of such structures and phenomena as Bell’s Nerve, Bell’s Palsy, and Bell’s Spasm. This classic work in the history of surgery includes 20 engraved plates of Charles Bell’s own drawings of operations he performed over the course of 20 years.

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.

Library Says Goodbye to Trinae Weldy, Archives Intern

The UTHSCSA Libraries have sponsored numerous undergraduate and graduate students over the years as interns.

Trinae Weldy, Library Archives Intern

Trinae Weldy, Library Archives Intern

These interns worked on various projects to gain experience in library operations, information services, systems, records management, or archives and historical collections while earning college credit at the same time.

Trinae Weldy, a graduate student in the History Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has worked for two semesters as an intern in Special Collections at the Briscoe Library.  During this time she has completed many projects that have made materials in the University Archives and the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library more accessible to researchers, faculty, and students.  She added four interesting entries to the Treasures of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library blog to highlight rare books and medical instruments in the collections including:

Trinae also identified numerous antique medical instruments in the Special Collections and scanned newspaper clippings about the university from 1995, 1996, and 1999 for preservation and to enable keyword searching.  She scanned the 2011 Medical School Yearbook for future addition to the Digital Archive’s University History Project and created an exhibit on antique obstetric and gynecological instruments, which is displayed in front of the Nixon Library.  Trinae helped inventory the rare books in the Nixon Library and worked to organize the negatives, proof sheets, and photographic prints in the University Archives from Academic Technology Services.

Trinae is graduating in May.  We wish her luck in her search for an archival position.  Thank you, Trinae for all of your hard work.

May 2016 Historical Book of the Month

Image from De Symmetria Partium in Rectis Formis Humanorum Corporum

This month’s highlighted historical book from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is De Symmetria Partium in Rectis Formis Humanorum Corporum by Albrecht Dürer. This 1st Latin edition was translated from the original 1528 German edition and published in Nuremberg in 1532.

Dürer was an influential artist, renowned print-maker, and respected contributor to the Northern Renaissance. This classic work includes 85 full-length figures of the human body that celebrate its mathematical proportions and aesthetic symmetry.

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.

Medicine in Poetry: History of Medicine Society – April 26

Image of books, skull, and quill

In celebration of National Poetry Month and in collaboration with the publication of this year’s issue of Connective Tissue, the History of Medicine Society will host its annual Medicine in Poetry night on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. Poets and fans of poetry, including UTHSCSA faculty, students, staff, and affiliates, will share readings of original and classic poems related to the health sciences.

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.

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

45th Annual Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Dinner

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. Copies of her book, Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life & Art of Frank H. Netter, MD, will be for sale at the dinner for $35.00 plus sales tax. Stay after the presentation and have your book signed by the author!

Color illustration of human skullWhen
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
Students are encouraged to apply for sponsorships to cover the cost of registration.

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.

 

P.I. Nixon Library Hosts History of Anatomy Class

The P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library hosted a group of History of Anatomy students on April 8th. The visit was the culmination of an enrichment elective in the School of Medicine and a course in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences taught by Dr. Charleen Moore, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology. The class covered the History of Anatomy from ancient times to the present.

 Photograph of History of Anatomy class

The students viewed 25 items from the library’s rare book collection, including:

  • De humani corporis fabrica libri septem (1543) by Andreas Vesalius
  • Micrographia (1667) by Robert Hooke
  • De medicina (1481) by Aulus Cornelius Celsus, the Nixon library’s oldest book

 Photograph of students viewing rare book

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 Library Hosts UTSA Art Students

On June 4th, the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library hosted a group of art students from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In conjunction with the UT Health Science Center Garden Health Interest Group, these students are conducting research in preparation for a proposal for art for the Healing Garden located in front of the Briscoe Library.

Photograph of UTSA Art Students

Teresa Eckmann, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art & Art History and three of her MFA students, along with Charleen Moore, PhD and Alice Yang MS II from the Garden Health Interest Group, viewed a collection of 25 of the Nixon Library’s rare and historical books. Items on display included some of the library’s most beautiful and intricate anatomical atlases, as well as herbals and books illustrating plant anatomy and histology.

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

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Hosts Japanese Dental Students

On August 11, 2015, twelve students and faculty members from Japanese Dental Schools toured the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. Their visit was part of the Japanese Exchange Program sponsored each August by the School of Dentistry at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Eight treasures from the rare book collection were on display, including dental classics, The Natural History of the Human Teeth, 1778 by John Hunter and The History and Treatment of the Diseases of the Teeth, 1806 by Joseph Fox.

 

Photograph of Japanese Dental Students in P.I. Nixon Library

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.