News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries – March 2014

Kristin Budde, MS-IV,  presents on the history of hysteria

Kristin Budde, MS-IV, presents on the history of hysteria

The March issue of News from the Libraries is now available.  For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.


New Roof for the Briscoe Library

History of Medicine Society Events

ACA Enrollment – Laredo Campus

Wellcome Images

TEDMED Live Streaming

First Do Not Harm

Danny Jones Student Essay Competition

How the NIH Can Help Get You Funded – Book Review

Leisure Reading – Briscoe Library

Lisa Matye Finnie Appointed Asst Records & Archives Librarian

Jeremy Mercier Graduates

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries


New Roof for the Briscoe Library

Pictures 12-22-05 007Plans are under way to replace the roof of the Briscoe Library, a project that will begin in early March and last about 3 months. The building is 30 years old and sports its original roof, which would never stand up to today’s building codes. Over the years, the roof has been patched numerous times, usually after a heavy downpour causes staff to run for buckets and tarps to protect the rare books and archives stored on the 5th floor. There is never a good time to do library repairs. The new roof is desperately needed and this seemed to be the optimal time for UT Health Science Center Facilities Management to schedule the project. The work will only be done on weekdays, beginning before 7 am and stopping by mid-afternoon. We are cognizant of the fact that this project will affect students studying for  module tests, finals and USMLE Step 1 exams; researchers looking for a place to write or contemplate; and users of the Howe Conference Room and Special Collections Reading Room. There will be some drilling, thumping and stomping. At times it will sound like reindeer have landed on the roof! Those who have trouble studying through the noise can ask for earplugs at the Circulation Desk. You may find the 3rd and 4th floors of the library to be more quiet. The 2nd floor library classrooms are available to HSC ID holders for 24/7 study when not in use for classes or meetings. Facilities Management will do their best to mitigate the noise, work with library staff to communicate about particularly loud phases, and provide progress reports. Watch for updates and photos on the Briscoe Library Renovations blog For more information or to communicate your concerns, contact Elyse Druck, Construction Project Manager, or Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services.

History of Medicine Society events

The History of Medicine Society of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library sponsor events during the academic year to promote and encourage the study of the history of the health sciences. On February 19, Kristin Budde, MS-IV, gave a presentation on the history of hysteria.

Kristin Budde, MS-IV,  presents on the history of hysteria

Kristin Budde, MS-IV, presents on the history of hysteria


Upcoming talks in the series include:

Date Speaker Title
March 26, 2014 Daniel Barron, MD/PhD Student The Medicine of Perfection – persistent 20th century medical utopias
April 23, 2014 Charleen Moore, PhD and others History of Medicine in Poetry, in honor of poetry month

Both events start at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room of the Briscoe Library, located on the 5th floor.

For more information about the History of Medicine Society and to be included on the mailing list, contact Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Special Collections.

ACA Enrollment at the Laredo Regional Campus Library Saturday, March 8th

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The Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in collaboration with the South Texas Development Council and the Laredo Regional Campus Library is planning an Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment event on Saturday, March 8th. In addition to campus presentations and exhibit information tables, Certified Application Counsellors (CACs) will be on hand in the Library to provide enrollment assistance for the Laredo community. Attendees will be able to attend MedlinePlus demonstrations while they wait to speak to a Counselor.


Date:  Saturday, March 8, 2014

Time: 10 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Location:  UTHSC Regional Campus Laredo, 1937 E. Bustamante, Laredo, Texas

Wellcome Images provides high resolution historical images

London’s Wellcome Library, part of Great Britain’s Wellcome Trust, has made freely available over 100,000 high resolution images including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements through Wellcome Images.

Illustrations of Tibetan material medica, plant and animal, used in the production of medicine.  From Weilcome Images.

Illustrations of Tibetan material medica, plant and animal, used in the production of medicine. From Weilcome Images.

The images can be downloaded in high-resolution directly from the Wellcome Images website for users to freely copy, distribute, edit, manipulate, and build upon, for personal or commercial use. The images range from ancient medical manuscripts to etchings by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Francisco Goya.

The earliest item is an Egyptian prescription on papyrus, and treasures include exquisite medieval illuminated manuscripts and anatomical drawings, from delicate 16th century fugitive sheets, whose hinged paper flaps reveal hidden viscera to Paolo Mascagni’s vibrantly colored etching of an ‘exploded’ torso.

Other treasures include a beautiful Persian horoscope for the 15th-century prince Iskandar, sharply sketched satires by Rowlandson, Gillray and Cruikshank, as well as photography from Eadweard Muybridge’s studies of motion. John Thomson’s remarkable nineteenth century portraits from his travels in China can be downloaded, as well as a newly added series of photographs of hysteric and epileptic patients at the Salpêtrière Hospital.

Simon Chaplin, Head of the Wellcome Library, says “Together the collection amounts to a dizzying visual record of centuries of human culture, and our attempts to understand our bodies, minds and health through art and observation. As a strong supporter of open access, we want to make sure these images can be used and enjoyed by anyone without restriction.”

TEDMED Live Streaming

The Briscoe Library has been selected to host the TEDMED live streaming event for the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. TEDMEd is a “global community dedicated to unlocking imagination in service of health and medicine.”

The event will be held from September 10 – 12 and will feature live simulcasts from the two main locations Washington DC and San Fransisco. For more information on the event, please visit the TEDMED site.

Stay tuned as we continue to update you about the event.

First Do No Harm – an Exhibit on Medical Ethics

First Do No Harm?, a new exhibit in the Briscoe Library 3rd floor exhibit cases, focuses on medical ethics.  This exhibit describes medical experiments in the United States as well as Germany that actually harmed participants in the name of science.  People were deliberately exposed to plutonium though ingestion of food, total body irradiation, shots, and atomic explosions.  Nazi’s experimented during WW II on concentration camp inmates.  Syphilis studies were conducted on black men in Alabama where treatment was withheld deliberately.  In all cases, the experimenters seemed to justify the harm to their subjects by the knowledge they hoped to gain.

The exhibit will be available March 1 – March 31, 2014.  Contact Anne Comeaux,, or Mellisa DeThorne,, for more information.

Troops of the Battalion Combat Team, U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division, watch a plum of radioactive smoke arise after a D-Day blast at Yucca Flats during Exercise 'Desert Rock I' reaches its peak.  Nov. 1, 1951.  (Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration)

Troops of the Battalion Combat Team, U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division, watch a plum of radioactive smoke arise after a D-Day blast at Yucca Flats as Exercise ‘Desert Rock I’ reaches its peak. Nov. 1, 1951. (Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration)

Calling for submissions: The Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition

Hieronymous Brunschwig, 1494

Hieronymous Brunschwig, 1494

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite submissions for a student 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, and was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Previously unpublished essays will be accepted on any topic related to the history of the health sciences, including the history of medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, or any other health science or profession.

A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best essay. The prize will be presented at the Friends Annual Dinner in November, 2014.

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 to affiliated residents and fellows.

Word limit
No more than 2500 words

October 15, 2014

Please send entries in pdf format to

For further information contact:
Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Special Collections

Book Review: How the NIH can help you get funded

The process for acquiring funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can often be extensive and perplexing. The book, How the NIH Can Help You Get Funded: An Insider’s Guide to Grant Strategy by Michelle L. Kienholz and Jeremy M. Berg attempts to simplify the grant writing process by providing a clear understanding of NIH culture and explaining the mechanisms that drive grant approval. The authors provide tips for identifying program officers, establishing effective channels of communication, and developing strategies for identifying the most appropriate funding opportunities. The book offers practical advice for developing a personal grant strategy, and is recommended for both seasoned and unseasoned researchers.

NIH_imageMichelle L. Kienholz has extensive experience working with scientists, clinicians, and public health researchers to develop grant applications for almost every federal agency. Kienholz is also an avid blogger who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with the research community. Her blog, Medical Writing, Editing and Grantsmanship, encourages productive conversation among researchers from all disciplines.

Jeremy M. Berg was Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the NIH for eight years. Prior to his service at the NIH, Berg spent 19 years at John Hopkins University where he received numerous awards for research and teaching. Currently, he is on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he holds several key administrative positions and continues to conduct research in computational biology and personalized medicine.

This book is available in print at the Briscoe Library. For more information check the library catalog.

Leisure Reading at the Briscoe Library

Wanna get away? Explore the Leisure Reading Collection at the Briscoe Library and escape the stresses of daily life for a while . The Leisure Collection consists of approximately 50 books and 10 popular magazines, and is located on the main floor of the Briscoe Library in the seating area across from the Circulation Desk.

The leisure books include a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles, many of which are best sellers. In this collection you can expect to find books about mystery, romance, history, biography, science fiction, and more. The leisure books are provided through a subscription-based service, so book titles are rotated quarterly. New books are selected every three months so be sure to check the shelf periodically for new titles.  All leisure books can be checked out for a period of two weeks.

For a complete list of the leisure books click here.


The popular magazines are located next to the current journals, however they are for use in the library and do not circulate. Some of the titles in the popular magazine collection include: National Geographic, Business Week, PC World, MacWorld, Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, and The New Yorker.

The Leisure Collection is funded through library donations. Titles are currently selected by library staff, but suggestions are welcome. Send suggestions to