History of Medicine

Local exhibit showcases rare books from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Regimen Sanitatus Salerni

Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum, a primary source for medieval humorism, appeared in manuscript form between the 11 and the 14th centuries. It was enormously popular. Following its first appearance in print it was translated into almost every European language. Nearly forty different editions were produced before 1501. The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns a 1575 edition of the work, Regimen Sanitatis Salerni, that was produced in London.

Humoral medicine, with its roots in ancient Greece, held that an excess or deficiency of any of four bodily liquids was a primary source of differences in temperment and health.  Humorism was the most commonly held view of the human body in the West before the advent of modern scientific medicine in the nineteenth century.

A local exhibit currently on display in the Briscoe Library provides an introduction to humoral thinking and showcases some of the resources of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library that shed light on that tradition.

The local exhibit, which has been planned in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine exhibit There’s the Humor of It: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, can be found  in the seating area at the entrance to the Briscoe Library.  Books from the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library that are highlighted in the exhibit include:

Regimen Sanitatis Salerni (1575)

Avicenna, The Canon of Medicine (1582)

Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1632)

Both exhibits and their accompanying presentations are programs of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  For information about either exhibit, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.
 
 
 

Make your reservation by Friday: Annual Dinner of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., MDThursday, November 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Old San Francisco Steak House

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.M., will be the guest speaker at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The evening’s program, to be held at the Old San Francisco Steak House, will explore a significant chapter in San Antonio’s history, reviewing the treatment innovations developed at the Army Burn Center that have revolutionized care and improved the survival of even massively burned patients.

Dr. Pruitt received his M.D. degree in 1957 from the Tufts University School of Medicine. He was drafted in 1959. Assigned to the U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research (ISR) at Fort Sam Houston, he completed his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in 1964 and went on to serve 31 years with the ISR. For 27 of those years, he was its commander and director.

Nixon Dinner InformationComplete information about the Annual Dinner and Presentation, and other activities of the Friends, can be found in the organization’s newsletter:

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library – Newsletter 2013

Friends of the Nixon Library – Membership and Dinner Reservation Form

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu

NLM offers History of Medicine volunteer internship program

The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division in Bethesda, MD, welcomes applications for its volunteer internship program from undergraduate students in any discipline, current graduate students in library science or information studies, archival studies, cultural studies, film studies, history of medicine and science, museum studies, preservation, public heath, or related programs.  The program is open to qualified individuals of any age and background who would wish to offer their experiences and skills.

For further information, visit the website of the National Library of Medicine:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/volunteer-intern.html

November 7 – 41st Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Dr. Fernando Guerra, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the UT Health Science Center, and recently retired Director of Health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, will be the speaker at the 41st Annual Meeting, Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  The event will take place Monday, November 7, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Airport Hotel.

The topic of Dr. Guerra’s presentation, “Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!” will provide the occasion for him to reflect on the health care system, its institutions, professionals, personnel, technology and investments, as well as measurable progress in the delivery of health care over the past forty years. Dr. Guerra will also consider ongoing challenges and opportunities, especially in light of the Affordable Health Care Act.  How is it possible to fill the gaps when doctors and dollars may not be enough?

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite all those interested in the history of medicine   to an enjoyable evening of good food and conversation.

The cost of attendance is $40/person.  Advance registration is required.  Student attendance is $30 and includes Friends membership.  Opportunities to sponsor student attendees at the dinner are available.

Please register by October 3: Send registration form to Briscoe Library – MSC 7940, UTHSCSA, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229-9674, Attention: Susan Hunnicutt.  Email questions to Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

October 5 – Anatomists and Their Art: Dr. Charleen Moore will speak

Illustration: Bernhard Siegfried Albinus and Jan Wanderlaar: Tabulae Sceleti e Musculorum Corporis Humani, London 1749.Dr. Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, will give a presentation on Anatomists and Their Art in the Howe Conference Room, 5th Floor, Briscoe Library at noon on Wednesday, October 5, 2011.  Dr. Moore’s lecture will include stories of artists who dissected, anatomists who illustrated their own works, and anatomist/artist teams who worked together in the early days of printing to produce some of the most important anatomical texts of all time.  The public is welcome to attend.

After the presentation, a display of more than 25 rare anatomical books will be on exhibit in the P.I. Nixon Reading Room, including many of the books described in Dr. Moore’s lecture.

For more information, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: 567-2406 or hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

Image: Bernhard Siegfried Albinus and Jan Wanderlaar: Tabulae Sceleti e Musculorum Corporis Humani, London 1749. Image courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.

On the Origin of Species: A treasure of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Did you know that the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns a rare first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life?  Published in 1859, the library’s fragile volume is a treasure. The valuable first editions with iconic green spines are in high demand for book collectors and science lovers.  The library’s copy, one of only approximately 1,250 printed, is part of a collection of antiquarian texts originally donated to the the University of Texas Health Science Center in the early 1970’s by the Bexar County Medical Society.

The Witte Museum is currently hosting the American Museum of Natural History’s Darwin exhibit Darwin: How One Man’s Theory Turned the World on its Head. It runs through September 3, 2012 and includes Darwin’s handwritten journals of his observations while on the Galapagos Islands.  For additional resources for children and families, visit the American Museum of National History’s Resources for Darwin.

Darwin’s complete works can also be read online.

To view the Health Science Center’s first edition of On the Origin of Species, or any of the other 5,000 rare and historical texts, contact Special Projects Librarian Susan Hunnicutt at (210) 567-2406 or hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu; or Mellisa DeThorne at 210-567-2470 or dethorne@uthscsa.edu.  Additional and selected materials from the Nixon Library may also be viewed online in the UTHSC Digital Archives / Historical Collection.

Melva Ramirez, MLS, Records and Information Management Intern, Special Collections

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library to be closed May 6 through 10

Nixon LibraryThe P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will be closed to users  from May 6 through 10.  Representatives of the School of Medicine will be meeting with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Monday through Wednesday, and will require the use of the Howe Conference Room and the Special Collections Reading Room.

An appraisal of the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is scheduled for May 9 and 10.

Users needing materials from the history of medicine collection should plan to schedule their visits at another time, as retrieval of rare books and archives will not be available during the LCME site visit and the appraisal of the collection that will follow.

For more information, contact Anne Comeaux, comeaux@uthscsa.edu or Mellisa DeThorne, dethorne@uthscsa.edu.
 

 

Please save the date: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

41ST ANNUAL MEETING

Dinner and Presentation

Fernando Guerra, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.,

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and recently retired Director of Health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will speak on the topic

 “Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!”

Monday, November 7, 2011 6:30 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel      37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough

Cost: $40/person; $30 for students includes Friends membership

Rare texts support inquiry in the School of Medicine and the School of Health Professions

De Symmetria Partium in Rectis Formis Humanorum Corporum

De Symmetria Partium in Rectis Formis Humanorum Corporum (1532), Albert Durer’s illustrated study of the proportions of the human body, was one of 41 historical anatomy titles that were on display in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on April 30.

Seven MS1s and one graduate student from the School of Health Professions visited the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on April 30.  The visit to the library  was the conclusion of a history of anatomy elective taught by Dr. Charleen M. Moore of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology.

The course for medical students, Enrichment Elective 5022, and the graduate course, CSBL 5015, covered anatomy from ancient times to the present.

Forty-one rare books were on display, including:

Albinus, Bernhard Siegfried, Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body, 1749

Durer, Albert, De Symmetria Partium in Rectis Formis Humanorum Corporum, 1532

Gray, Henry, Anatomy of the Human Body, 1859

Hooke, Robert, Micrographia: Or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses with Observations and Inquiries Thereupon, 1667

Vesalius, Andreas, De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem, 1543

For more information about the collection of the Nixon Library, or to schedule a visit, contact Anne Comeaux comeaux@uthscsa.edu or Mellisa DeThorne dethorne@uthscsa.edu.
 

 

Remembering Pat Ireland Nixon Jr., MD

P.I. Nixon, Jr. passed away on October 20, 2012.

We are sad to report the recent passing of Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon Jr., son of Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon, for whom the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is named.

The younger Dr. Nixon, who passed away on October 20 at the age of 99 years old, was a constant friend and an ardent supporter of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Born May 28, 1913, Dr. Nixon graduated from the University of Texas, Austin and went on to attend Duke University Medical School, graduating in 1939.  He completed his internship in Baltimore, MD and served in the U.S. Army at Walter Reed Hospital, where he met his wife, Army Nurse Lt. Ruby Baker. Together, they had three children, Pat III, Margaret and John.  Dr. Nixon was stationed at West Point during World War II, and practiced medicine in San Antonio from 1946 until his retirement.

Dr. Pat, as he was known, is survived by his wife, Della; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret (Peggy) Kennedy and Mrs. Nancy LaBounty and two sons, Pat Ireland Nixon III and John Nixon and his brother, Thomas A. Nixon, and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

The family of Dr. Nixon has generously asked that memorials be sent to the P.I. Nixon Medical History Library.  Checks can be made to UTHSCSA Library and sent to the University of Texas Health Science Center, Briscoe Library Mail Code 7940, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio Texas 78229.