News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

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

Briscoe Library Offers Extended Hours after Labor Day


The Briscoe Library’s hours will change to an extended schedule beginning on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. The hours for the Fall Semester are as follows:

Regular Hours

Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:00 a.m. – Midnight 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – Midnight


Extended Hours: For UT Health Science Center students, faculty and staff , from September to May, excluding holidays. ID cards are required for entry beyond Regular hours shown above.  

Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. 7:00 a.m. – Midnight 7:00 a.m. – Midnight 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

24 hour study: The 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library is available for 24 hour study by UT Health Science Center ID card access.


Book Giveaway September 3-10

The Briscoe Library will host a book giveaway September 3rd – 10th.Flying-Books

The book giveaway will start at 9 a.m. on Wednesday September 3rd at the entrance of the library, and will continue thru the following Wednesday September 10th until 5 p.m.

Books to be included in the giveaway are old editions withdrawn from the library’s collection, or donations given to the library but not needed for the collection. All give-away books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring your own bags to carry books since we will have lots to choose from!

For more information about the book give-away, contact Andrea N. Schorr,
Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian, at 567-2400 or e-mail at


History of Medicine Society Meets September 10

Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body by Bernhard Siegfried Albinus

Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body by Bernhard Siegfried Albinus

The History of Medicine Society’s next meeting is Wednesday, September 10.  The group will gather at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.

Charleen Moore, PhD, professor in the Department of Cellular & Structural Biology, will present Treasures of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, discussing some of the most rare and  interesting books housed in the Nixon Library.  Dr. Moore’s lecture will be followed by a drawing to determine the winner of the History of Medicine Scavenger Hunt.  See the related article in this newsletter for more information.

All History of Medicine Society meetings are open to the general public, and visitors are welcome and encouraged.

For more information on History of Medicine Society, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at (210) 567-2406 or

TEDMED 2014: Unlocking Imagination, September 10-12

The Briscoe Library and the Ramirez Library have 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 in Washington DC and San Fransisco. For more information about the event, please visit the TEDMED site.

TEDMED has announced all of the speakers and co-hosts for the nine sessions planned over the course of three days. Each session revolves around a theme ranging from recognizing the limit of our knowledge to science/health trends. For more information about all of the nine sessions including speaker bios, please visit TEDMED Sessions.


Session Number Day Time Session
Session 1 Wed., Sep. 10 8:00 – 9:00am Turn It Upside Down
Session 2 Wed., Sep. 10 12:00 – 1:45pm We Just Don’t Know
Session 3 Wed., Sep. 10 3:30 – 5:15pm Flat Out Amazing
Session 4 Thu., Sep. 11 7:30 – 9:10am Stealing Smart
Session 5 Thu., Sep. 11 11:45 – 1:30pm Don’t You Dare Talk About This
Session 6 Thu., Sep. 11 3:30 – 5:05pm Play Is Not A Waste Of Time
Session 7 Fri., Sep. 12 7:00 – 8:40am Human Nature Inside And Out
Session 8 Fri., Sep. 12 10:00 – 11:40am Weird And Wonderful
Session 9 Fri., Sep. 12 1:30 – 3:00pm I Was Just Thinking Too Small


All sessions will be streamed in the Briscoe Library, room 4.074 on the 4th floor. The sessions at the Ramirez Library at the RAHC in Harlingen will be streamed to one of the rooms in the Ramirez Library.

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Early Library closure -September 19th – no extended hours

On Friday, September 19th, the Briscoe Library will close early at 9:00 pm due to an electrical power outage on the Long Campus.  Please note that this will cancel the extended hours scheduled for that evening.  The Library will re-open on Saturday, September 20th at 7:00 am for UTHSC ID cardholders and at 9:00 am for non-UTHSC ID cardholders.  We apologize for the inconvenience. This power outage is necessary to perform maintenance on the high voltage substation serving the entire Long campus and is expected to last until 4:00 am on Saturday morning, September 20th.