News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Diabetesville, USA a Cautionary Tale about the Future of Diabetes in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control (2010) estimates that by the year 2050, as many as 1 in 3 adults could have diabetes if current trends continue. Cameron County, Texas, where 30 percent of the population suffers from the disease, is the focus of Diabetesville, USA, a new documentary film produced by Michael Seringer.  Diabetesville, USA, paints a grim portrait of the diabetes epidemic in South Texas and seeks to answer several questions about the present and future of diabetes in the nation and the ability of the healthcare system to meet the needs of children and adults with diabetes – or prevent it altogether.  The cast features several UTHSC faculty and staff members including Dr. Ralph DeFronzo and presents the research of Dr. Susan Fisher-Hoch, Dr. Joseph McCormick, and others with the University of Texas Houston School of Public Health and University of Texas at Brownsville, to explore extreme obesity and uncontrolled diabetes in the U.S.-Mexico border region.  Two copies of Diabetesville, USA are now available for checkout at both the Briscoe and Ramirez Libraries.  Visit the library catalog record for specific locations and availability.


PMCID – PMID Converter Available


PMC recently released an update to the PMCID – PMID -Manuscript ID – DOI Converter tool.  The updated tool allows you to search by one unique identifier and find additional identifiers that may apply to the article.

Search options include:

  • PMID (from PubMed)
  • PMCID (from PMC)
  • Manuscript ID (from a manuscript submission system, e.g., NIHMS, Europe PMC, PMC Canada)
  • DOI (Digital Object Identifier – assigned by the publisher)

When a number is entered the Converter will look for the related identifiers.  If you search for an article ID to identify a PMCID, if the article is not found in PMC the message will display: “Identifier not found in PMC.”  Remember that not every article will have every identifier.  According to the NIH, PMCIDs are posted in PubMed promptly after processing by PMC which happens around the time of publication.

Katie Prentice, MSIS, AHIP
Head of Education & Information Services

Featured New Books for January 2014

Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations vols. 1-7, 2nd ed. 
Revised edition of the CIBA “green books” collection of medical illustrations.
Forthcoming volumes: Cardiovascular System -2014; Digestive System – 2015.
QZ 17 C5671 2011-2013. Click here to view Full Catalog Records for Volumes 1-7


Biostatistics decoded / A. Gouveia Oliveira.
Chichester, West Sussex : John Wiley & Sons, c2013.
WA 950 O48b 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Research data management : practical strategies for information professionals /
edited by Joyce M. Ray. West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, c2014.
Z 699.5.D37 R432 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Maternal child nursing care, 5th ed. / Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, David Wilson.
St. Louis, Mo. : Elsevier/Mosby, c2014.
WY 157.3 W872m 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Nursing theorists and their work, 8th ed. / [edited by] Martha Raile Alligood.
St. Louis, Mo. : Elsevier/Mosby, c2014.
WY 86 N9755 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Occupational therapy evaluation for children : a pocket guide, 2nd ed. / Shelley Mulligan.
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2014.
WB 39 M959o 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Psychotherapy in the wake of war : discovering multiple psychoanalytic traditions /
edited by Bernd Huppertz.Lanham, Md. : Jason Aronson, c2013.
WM 420 P9745 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Treatment of skin disease : comprehensive therapeutic strategies, 4th ed. / [edited by] Mark G. Lebwohl, Warren R. Heymann, John Berth-Jones, Ian Coulson.
[Philadelphia, Pa.] : Elsevier/Saunders, c2014.
WR 140 T784 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Blogs and tweets, texting and friending [electronic resource] : social media and online professionalism in health care / Sandra M. DeJong.
Amsterdam : Academic Press, 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Practical management of pain [electronic resource], 5th ed. / [edited by] Honorio T. Benzon … [et al.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Between the lines of genetic code [electronic resource] : genetic interactions in understanding disease and complex phenotypes / edited by Leonid Padyukov.
Amsterdam ; Boston : Academic Press, 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Diabetes [electronic resource] : chronic complications, 3rd ed. / edited by Kenneth M. Shaw, Michael H. Cummings.Chichester, West Sussex ; Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Brain stimulation [electronic resource] / edited by Andres M. Lozano, Mark Hallett.
Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Acute care handbook for physical therapists [electronic resource], 4th ed. /Jaime Paz C. and Michele P. West.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Saunders, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Acute Care Handbook


For a complete list of new titles added in the month of January click here.

Purchase suggestions? Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian.

News from the Libraries – December 2013


Charles Bell, The Hand: Its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design (1833) added to P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Charles Bell, The Hand: Its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design (1833) added to P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Library Committee Appointed

Library Hours in December

Affordable Care Act

Danny Jones Essay Winner Selected

Additions to the P.I. Nixon

I Found it in the Archives

Farewell to Greysi and Susan

Librarians Present at SCC

Chris Gaspard to Serve on TexShare Group

New Editor for the Newsletter

Did you know? Online Reservations

Library Workshops

Featured New Books





Library Committee appointed for 2013-2014

The Library Committee is an important advisory committee composed of faculty and students who serve in a consultative and advisory capacity to the President and the Vice President for Academic Administration and who work with and assist the Executive Director of Libraries in making recommendations for library practices and procedures. Dr. Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, School of Health Professions, chairs the committee this year. Faculty members serving on the committee include Teresa Boese, Ray Palmer, Mohammad Rahman, John Short, Ashley Achenson, Gu Huyn-Ba, Benjamin Wallisch, Barbara MacNeill, Omid Rahimi, and Jennie Shaw. Student representatives are Elizabeth Garcia (Health Professions), Aparna Gorthi (Graduate), Delia Silva (Nursing), Johvoh Tidwell (Dental), and Gabriela Villanueva (Medical). Faculty, students and staff are encouraged to contact a member of the Library Committee with suggestions and concerns about library services, facilities and information resources.

Library hours in December: 24/7 and winter break schedule

The Briscoe Library will extend its hours for 24/7 study during fall semester final exams.  The library will be open 24 hours/day starting on the evening of Sunday, December 1 and extending through the evening of Friday, December 13.  Extended hours are only available to HSC ID card holders and entry will be through ID card swipe at the library entrance.  All students, faculty and staff MUST have their HSC ID with them in order to be in the library during extended hours. Non-Health Science Center library users may use the library during regular hours.

The Briscoe Library Winter Break schedule begins on December 13 and will run through January 5, 2014. The library will resume normal hours on January 6. The Calendar below shows the hours at a glance.


The Ramirez Library in Harlingen and the Laredo Regional Campus Library will also have a modified Winter Break schedule.

We wish you all Happy Holidays!

Affordable Care Act brings together Community Advisors

On Friday, November 8th, the UT Health Science Center Libraries met for their bi-annual Community Advisors meeting by videoconference between the Briscoe Library in San Antonio,the Ramirez Library in Harlingen, and the Laredo Regional Campus Library. On topic for this meeting was the Affordable Care Act and community experience thus far with enrollment. In addition to library staff, local organizations represented at the meeting included public and academic libraries, community health workers and promatores, health clinics and student interns, charitable organizations, the Veterans Administration, campus student organizations, faculty researchers, and Area Health Education Centers.


Briscoe Library in San Antonio

Briscoe Library in San Antonio

Ramirez Library in Harlingen

Ramirez Library in Harlingen


Medical student essay selected for first Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Competition

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library have established the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition in memory of Danny Jones, MLS, who served as Head of Special Collections at the UT Health Science Center Library and was also a Past President of the Friends organization.  The annual contest is open to current HSC students, as well as to affiliated residents and fellows.  Essays 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 discipline.  The winner of the essay competition receives a $500 award.

A panel of three judges selected an essay written by Amanda Lipsitt, fourth year medical student, as the winner among the eight essays that were submitted for consideration.  Ms. Lipsitt’s topic was, “Secret Medicine:  The Creation of the Spanish Crypto-Jewish Physician and the Influence on the South Texas Border.”  Congratulations to Ms. Lipsitt and a thank you to all students who submitted an essay for the competition.

Additions to the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Two works were added to the collection of of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library in 2012-2013.

Charles Bell, The Hand: Its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design (1833).
This rare first edition copy of Charles Bell’s classic work on the anatomy, physiology, and adaptive importance of the hand was added in March.

Charles Bell

Charles Bell

Also known as the fourth Bridgewater Treatise, The Hand: Its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design, was one of a series of monographs written in response to William Paley’s 1802 work, Natural Theology, or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity collected from the Appearances of Nature.

Paley’s popular work was debated throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, a time when religion and science were widely believed to be in harmony. It was included in the standard curricula at Oxford and Cambridge universities. The treatises, including Bell’s work on the anatomy and physiology of the hand, were produced between 1833 and 1840 by leading authorities in moral philosophy, natural history, astronomy, physiology, chemistry, and geology.

Charles Bell’s The Hand: Its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design (1833) was purchased as a memorial for Danny Jones, MLS, formerly Head of Briscoe Library Special Collections and a one-time president of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. Danny Jones passed away in January, 2013. Names of contributors to the purchase have been entered in the catalog record for the book.

The Fabric of the Human Body (2013): An annotated translation of the 1543 and 1555 editions of De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem (

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library donated funds to purchase The Fabric of the Human Body (2013), a new, annotated English translation of the 1543 and 1555 editions of Andreas Vesalius’ (1514 – 1564) De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. Information about the new translation can be viewed online at:

In 1543, Vesalius produced what was at the time Europe’s most detailed and best illustrated atlas of the human body. The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns a rare copy of this classic book, which The Oxford Medical Companion calls “probably the most influential of all medical works.” Vesalius challenged the authority of ancient medical books, especially the works of Galen (2nd cent. AD), by demonstrating their reliance on the dissection of animals such as the barbary ape instead of human cadavers. For Vesalius and those who came after him, the human body was the only reliable source for scientific anatomy.

The new translation De humani corporis fabrica libri septemis is the work of classics scholar Daniel H. Garrison and Malcolm H. Hast, Professor Emeritus of Otolaryngology and past Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University.  It includes high resolution images of the original illustrations, and Vesalius’ recently discovered notes for a third edition that was never published.

The Fabric of the Human Body was purchased as a memorial for Dr. P.I. Nixon, Jr., who passed away in 2012.

I found it in the Archives

The University Archives is located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library, within the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The Archives contain original materials that document the history of the Health Science Center and the development of medicine in Bexar County and South Texas. Archives around the world document the rich history found in manuscripts, photographs, letters, organizational records, and other original materials. The HSC Archives staff have created electronic finding aids that make the information about the HSC’s archives available to researchers and the public searching the Internet for original materials. Archival records have also been added to Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO), a repository of descriptions of archival collections throughout the state. The wide availability of information about the university’s archival records has led to many interesting research requests and visits to the HSC by historical researchers. Here are a few recent examples:

  • A historian of the United States and Mexico is working on a book about migrant labor in the shared history of the two countries between 1880 and WW II. One of the themes running through the book is the urban dimension of migrant workers’ lives during the winter months. He sought public health records located in the HSC Archives to help document the lives of migrant workers during the months they spent in urban environments.
  • A historian from the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden in Brazil is conducting research about a Brazilian naturalist who corresponded with Louis Lapicque. The historian requested information about two lab notebooks by Lapicque held in the HSC Archives (“Experiences du Bresil,” 1913 and 1927).
  • A graduate student from UTSA used the archives to conduct research on tuberculosis in San Antonio.
  • HSC faculty, staff and students frequently request photographs relating to the history of the university or to local medical history. Other universities, historians, and the general public also request research into available photographs located in the Archives. The HSC Photography unit recently donated a large collection of photos that are being processed for preservation and are available for research.
  • The Crown Jewel: the Story of the First 50 Years of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio written by Will Sansom in 2009 used many of the resources and pictures in the Archives. The archives contain collections of records documenting the history of the university from the beginning when the medical, dental, and nursing schools were first established. University records include recordings of the meetings of the San Antonio Medical Foundation which planned the medical school, oral histories for the founding faculty, old yearbooks, graduation programs, photographs of faculty and staff, old student catalogs, departmental newsletters, presidential records, news clippings, and many other important documents.

In addition to university records, the Archives has many manuscripts and correspondence from early Texas physicians practicing in San Antonio in the 1800’s and 1900’s. These include case books by George Cupples, a pioneer Texas surgeon, describing removing arrow heads or treating traumatic tetanus; manuscripts and notes from Dr. P. I. Nixon for the writing of his books on the history of medicine in Texas and San Antonio; and correspondence and reports from early physicians describing epidemics and problems with TB, poliomyelitis, syphilis and other health problems in San Antonio.

Donations of historical materials about the Health Science Center or medicine in early San Antonio or Texas are always welcome. To donate or to find materials on your subject contact Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Digital and Special Collections, at 210-567-2428 or Mellisa DeThorne, Archives Library Assistant, 210-567-2470.