News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Come celebrate Vesalius’ 500th birthday!

Portrait of Andreas Vesalius from De humani corporis fabrica

Portrait of Andreas Vesalius from De humani corporis fabrica

The History of Medicine Society will meet at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room of the Library on January 29, 2014, to celebrate the 500th birthday of Andreas Vesalius, the founder of modern human anatomy.  All are welcome to attend.

Vesalius was born in Brussels in 1514 into a family of physicians.  A man of brilliant intellect and boundless energy, he revolutionized the study of anatomy.  Vesalius was author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy, De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body), published in 1543.  The P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library’s first edition of this work, along with a modern English translation, will be displayed at the meeting.

Prior to Vesalius, teaching of anatomy was based on the Greek-speaking Roman physician Galen’s research.  Galen, however, based his study of anatomy on the dissection of pigs, Barbary apes, and dogs as human dissection was outlawed in ancient Rome.  Vesalius challenged some of Galen’s assertions using dissection of the human body.  His international reputation drew huge crowds to the lecture halls where he personally demonstrated all dissections.

Email Management – Where do you start?

Many of the faculty and staff at the Health Science Center are at a loss as to how to take control of their email.  Which emails need to be kept?  Which can be immediately discarded?  Is it even necessary to do this at all?

The Texas State Library & Archives Commission, the agency that oversees the management of records for all state agencies, has developed a very useful and informative Email Management webinar.  Part 1 is for all state employees and covers laws and rules regarding email as records, how to determine when an email is a record, and how to identify which emails should be kept.  It also discusses ways to organize the email inbox and productivity tips for making email more efficient.  Part 2 contains more advanced knowledge on email management including how to handle the emails of exiting employees.  Each webinar runs only about 1 hour.

The Email Management webinar is available through the library’s Records Management Class webpage.  Contact Anne Comeaux, Records Management Officer, at for more information on the webinar or any other records management questions.

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.