News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Last Chance to Enter Danny Jones Essay Contest

Attention students, residents, and fellows!

Picture of skull with patent medicines as teeth and warnings of dangers

Picture appearing in Collier’s Magazine in 1906 warning of dangers of patent medicines.

The deadline for submitting an entry into the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition is Oct. 15, 2014.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win a $500 scholarship.

The essay can be on any topic related to the history of the health sciences, including history of medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, or any other health science or profession.  Previously unpublished essays, including non-winning essays submitted previously, will be accepted.

A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best essay and will be presented at the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library’s Annual Dinner on November  6, 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

Deadline October 15, 2014

Format Please send entries in pdf format to

For more information about the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.

Picture:  “Death’sLaboratory.” Licensed under public domain via Wikipedia.

Community Health Education for Community Health Workers

NWVista_CHWRevised2_9-20-14During the 1990s the skin staph infection community-acquired (CA) Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) first emerged as an important cause of infection in communities. On September 20th, the UT Health Science Center Libraries provided a presentation for area Community Health Workers (CHWs) about recent South Texas research on CA-MRSA. The CHWs were attending a continuing education day sponsored by the NW Vista College Community Health Worker program.

The Community Health Worker program at Northwest Vista College prepares students to work in public health, private health care delivery systems, community-based social service agencies, and health care insurance organizations. Community Health Workers provide services to increase wellness and improve access to health services through outreach activities to target populations.

In Texas, Community Health Worker programs are certified by the Texas State Department of Health as an authorized and certified training site for Community Health Workers. Senate Bill 1051 (77th Texas Legislative Sessions) calls for the Texas Department of State Health Services to establish and operate a training and certification program for persons who act as promotores or community health workers, instructors and sponsoring institutions/training programs.

The Library presentation focused on a community health education project that resulted from research on the rate of CA-MRSA in skin and soft tissue infections done in 10 clinics in 4 counties in South Texas by the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and the UT Health Science Center Pharmacotherapy Education & Research Center. The initiative brought together the Libraries, researchers, the South Central Area Health Education Center, UHS CareLink Clinic, and other community partners to improve awareness about CA-MRSA.


One Community/One Book: Workshops for Discussion Leaders

Banner for One Community/One Book 2014

The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, STRONG STAR, and the Libraries have chosen Redeployment by Phil Klay as the 2014 One Community/One Book selection. The author will present Redeployment: A Marine’s View of War and Homecoming at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12 Noon in the Holly Auditorium. This program may also be viewed in Harlingen at the RAHC in the Ramirez Library Room 1.132.00; at the Laredo Regional Campus in the Laredo Library Room 1.101.07; and at the University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus in the John Peace Library Room JPL 3.03.54.

Conversation is the heart of One Community/One Book. The Briscoe Library will offer workshops in October to support book discussion group leaders and to encourage dialogue about the book. These events are open to faculty, staff, and students of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, as well as members of the broader community, who are interested in planning a book discussion opportunity.

Book discussions will then be held throughout October, leading up to Phil Klay’s visit to campus. For details on how to register your Book Discussion Group or for a list of Suggested Questions for Discussion, please visit the One Community/One Book 2014: Join the Conversation webpage.

Facilitator and Host Training Workshops

Thursday, October 9, 2014
12:00 Noon – 12:30 pm
Howe Room (5th floor, Briscoe Library)
Register Online

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Howe Room (5th floor, Briscoe Library)
Register Online

For more information on how to become a part of One Community/One Book 2014, please contact Lisa Finnie, Assistant Records and Archives Librarian, (210) 567-2406.

One Community/One Book is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Noted Medical Historian Speaks at the Friends Dinner on November 6

“Fighting the Third Army: Combating the Ailments and Injuries of the American Civil War”

RSVP required.  Deadline to register:  October 30, 2014Photograph of Michael Flannery

Where:  Old San Francisco Steak House, 10233 Sahara St., north of Loop 410 just off San Pedro

Time:  Cash bar at 6:30 pm.  Dinner starts at 7:00 pm

Cost:  $55.00, Students $30.00 with student sponsorships available

Michael A. Flannery will be the guest speaker at the 44th 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 the traumas and illnesses incident to battlefield injuries and camp diseases during the Civil War, how that directed the course of the conflict, and those who sought to combat and learn from it. As Virginia surgeon Benjamin W. Allen (1824-1886) recalled,“No one could imagine fully the labor, required, unless they had gone through with it … all, were calculated to break down the strongest surgeons, and arouse the sympathies of the most callous.” In confronting that formidable foe, Union and Confederate became one.

Flannery is the Associate Director for Historical Collections, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, and a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also holds adjunct appointments with the departments of history and sociology. The author of seven books, his John Uri Lloyd: The Great American Eclectic (Southern Illinois University Press, 1998) received the Kremers Award in 2001 from the American Institute for the History of Pharmacy for outstanding scholarship by an American. He has written on a wide range of historical topics in science and medicine, including the history of medical ethics. His most recent bookAlfred Russel Wallace’s Theory of Intelligent EvolutionWallace as an early intelligent design theorist. He also is the author of Pharmaceutical Education in the Queen City: 150 Years of Service, 1850-2000 Civil War Pharmacy: A History of Drugs, Drug Supply and Provision, and Therapeutics for the Union and Confederacy.

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is housed on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library on the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The original collection was donated by the Bexar County Medical Society in 1970 to the new UT Medical School at San Antonio. Everyone is welcome!


To make reservations or to request a student sponsorship, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.  Dinner reservation form

Civil War Exhibit on Display in Briscoe Library

Picture of 5 Civil War soldiers with leg amputations

Soldiers at Armory Square Hospital, Washington, D.C., 1860s. Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine

The Briscoe Library at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio is hosting a traveling exhibit entitled Life and Limb: the Toll of the American Civil War. This exhibit is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.  The exhibit documents the experiences of injured soldiers during the Civil War and in the years afterwards, especially focusing on disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery, which saved lives by sacrificing limbs. The exhibit is located on the 3rd floor of the library near the main entrance and will run from September 29 – November 8, 2014.

The library has also mounted an exhibit entitled Civil War Medical Figures in the same area. This exhibit discusses those responsible for improving health care during the Civil War, resulting in saving thousands of lives on both sides. Surgeons and physicians working to save the wounded and ill, those providing nursing care, those in charge of hospital operations and evacuating the wounded, pharmacists and physicians improving the quality of medications and finding substitutes when supplies were unavailable – all of these played a vital role in relieving suffering and saving lives.

For more information on library exhibits, contact Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, at or (210) 567-243.

University Archives Receives Rescuing Texas History Grant

The University Archives housed in the Briscoe Library’s P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library received a Rescuing Texas History mini-grant in September from the University of North Texas. The $1000 grant will pay for digitization services provided by staff members in the UNT Libraries’ Digital Projects Unit to scan 182 membership applications with pictures for physicians born 1910 or earlier. These membership records are part of the Bexar County Medical Society Records housed in the University Archives. Master quality images or digital files will be created for preservation purposes with derivative versions and metadata describing the materials created for online viewing. The scanned images will be viewable through the Portal to Texas History website. They are a valuable source of information for genealogists and medical historians as they list education and training, family members, birth place, previous practice locations, and other information.


The Portal to Texas History was created in 2002 to provide online access to books, photographs, artifacts, maps, newspapers, letters,  and other historic materials from archives, historical societies, small and large libraries, museums and private collections from all areas of Texas. With more than 4 million pages of materials, the Portal includes many primary source historical materials, such as diaries and personal accounts of events and daily life.

For more information about the Archives, contact Mellisa DeThorne, Special Collections Assistant, at 210-567-2470 or

Middleton Goldsmith and the Use of Bromine to Treat Gangrene

Picture of title page of Goldsmith's report

Title page of Goldsmith’s report on Hospital Gangrene

The P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns a report to the Surgeon General of the United States by Civil War surgeon Middleton Goldsmith on the use of bromine to treat hospital gangrene in wounded soldiers. Published in 1863, the report is entitled A Report on Hospital Gangrene, Erysipelas and Pyaemia as Observed in the Departments of the Ohio and the Cumberland, with Cases Appended. It contains detailed case reports, a foldout table containing all of Goldsmith’s research data, and his correspondence with other surgeons on the treatment of gangrene. The overall mortality of hospital gangrene cases from the Civil War has been reported as 45.6% (The Medical and Surgical History of the Civil War, Washington, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1875-1888). However, only 8 of Goldsmith’s 304 patients receiving bromine-based therapy for gangrene died, a mortality rate of only 2.6 per cent.

Goldsmith’s work predated Joseph Lister’s 1867 paper linking microbes and surgical infections and Louis Pasteur’s groundbreaking work on microbes, also published after the Civil War. Goldsmith did not know what agent caused the gangrene, erysipelas and pyaemia he observed in the wards of his hospitals, but he theorized that they were related to each other and sought a curative agent to cure the infections and prevent the spread between patients.  Goldsmith’s data was so meticulously documented that it was easy to prove his bromine treatment had cured his gangrene patients. By the conclusion of the Civil War, surgeons throughout the country applied variations of Goldsmith’s bromine therapy regimen in the treatment and prevention of gangrene.

For more detailed information on Middleton Goldsmith’s work and Civil War experiences, see the blog entry on Middleton in the Treasures of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

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

Picture scanned from library’s copy of report.

New Leisure Books – October 2014

Check out new titles in the leisure collection. To view book summaries click on the title or book cover.

The Leisure Collection is located on the main floor of the Briscoe Library in the seating area across from the Circulation desk. This collection is funded through library donations.


The Collector /| Nora Roberts.
New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2014.

The Collector by Nora Roberts

The death class : a true story about life / Erika Hayasaki.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.

The death class : a true story about life by Erika Hayasaki

Euphoria : a novel / Lily King.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014.

Euphoria by Lily King

The eye of Moloch / Glenn Beck with Jack Henderson.
New York : Threshold Editions-Mercury Radio Arts, 2013.

Eye of moloch by Glen Beck

Heaven is for real : a little boy’s astounding story of his trip to heaven and back
Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent.
Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, 2011, c2010.

Heaven is for real by Todd Burpo

Invisible / James Patterson and David Ellis.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.

Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis

Let it burn / Steve Hamilton.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2013.

Let it burn by Steve Hamilton

Neil Armstrong : a life of flight / Jay Barbree.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.

Neil Armstrong : a life of flight by Jay Barbree

New life, no instructions : a memoir / Gail Caldwell.
New York : Random House, 2014.

New life no instructions by Gail Caldwell

Parentology : everything you wanted to know about the science of raising children but were too exhausted to ask / Dalton Conley.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Parentology by Dalton Conley

Power play / Catherine Coulter.
New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2014.

Power play by Catherine Coulter

The promise of a pencil : how an ordinary person can create extraordinary change / Adam Braun.
New York : Scribner, 2014.

The promise of a pencil by Adam Braun

Red Rising / Pierce Brown.
New York : Del Rey, 2014.

Red rising by Pierce Brown

Save the date / Mary Kay Andrews.
New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2014.

Save the date by Mary Kay Andrews

Smarter : the new science of building brain power / Dan Hurley.
New York: Hudson Street Press, 2013.

Smarter by Dan Hurley

The wedding gift / Marlen Suyapa Bodden.
New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2013.

The wedding gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden


For a complete list of all titles in the Leisure collection click here.

Leisure titles are currently selected by library staff, but suggestions are welcome. Send suggestions to


Featured New Books for October 2014

NBDE. Part 1, Secrets : study guide : your key to exam success.
Beaumont, Tex : Mometrix Media, 2014.
WU 18.2 N2773 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

NBDE part 1 secrets study guide

Mosby’s review for the NBDE, 2nd ed. / edited by Frank Dowd, DDS, PhD.
St. Louis, Missouri : Elsevier Mosby, c2015.
WU 18.2 M8945 2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Mosby's review for the NBDE

DentEssentials : high-yield NBDE part 1 review, 4th ed. / [lead authors/editors, Michael S. Manley, Leslie D. Manley]. New York, NY : Kaplan Publishing, c2012.
WU 18.2 D4145 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

DentEssentials: high-yield NBDE part 1

Complementary and alternative therapies for nursing practice, 4th ed. / Karen Lee Fontaine.
Boston : Pearson, c2015.
WY 86.5 F678c 2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Complementary & alternative therapies

Current medical diagnosis & treatment 2015 [electronic resource]/ edited by Maxine A. Papadakis, Stephen J. McPhee, associate editor Michael W. Rabow. New York : McGraw-Hill Medical, 2015.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2015

Review of medical microbiology and immunology, 14th ed. [electronic resource] / Warren Levinson.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Review of medical microbiology and immunology

Resident readiness : internal medicine [electronic resource] / [edited by] Debra L. Klamen and Susan Thompson Hingle. New York : McGraw-Hill Education Medical, c2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Resident readiness : internal medicine

Pathophysiology of disease [electronic resource] : an introduction to clinical medicine, 7th ed. / edited by Stephen J. McPhee, Gary D. Hammer. New York : McGraw-Hill Education Medical, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Pathophysiology of disease 7th ed.

Sherris medical microbiology [electronic resource], 6th ed. / editors, Kenneth J. Ryan, C. George Ray.
New York : McGraw-Hill Education/Medical, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Sherris medical microbiology

News From the Libraries – September 2014

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

Picture of treasure treast with jewels

Briscoe Library – Extended Hours

Book Giveaway – Sept. 3-10

History of Medicine Society Meets Sept. 10

TEDMED – Sept. 10-12

Early Library Closure – Sept. 19

Color Copying and Printing Price Change

Need Help Working on Class Assignments?

2014 One Community/One Book Selection

What’s New in Stat!Ref?

Web of Science Access

Library Outreach – NLM Exhibit

Historical Treasure Hunt

Coming in November: P.I. Nixon Annual Dinner

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries