News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

SciVal Funding database now available to UT Health Science Center researchers

Researchers looking for funding opportunities now have one more resource available to them. SciVal Funding covers grants available from over 5,000 funding bodies from all over the world. Researchers can search by sponsor name or subject area. Sponsor information includes subject areas funded, names of awardee institutions, and the types of grants or contracts available. To assist in finding relevant funding opportunities, the database includes historical funding data, award trends, potential collaborators and competitors.

The UT Health Science Center Libraries are able to provide access to this database through a collaboration with UT System. Click on Databases on the libraries’ home page and enter “SciVal Funding” in the search box. Another related database available to UT Health Science Center researchers, thanks to funding from the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS), is SciVal Experts, an innovative research tool that documents collaborations between researchers. Access to these databases is restricted and Health Science Center users must sign in when searching from off campus.

Librarians are available to provide instruction or demonstrations on these databases. Contact or call 210-567-2450 for more information.


The Louis Lapicque Papers in the P.I. Nixon Library


Photograph of Louis Lapicque

Louis Lapicque, 1866-1952

The Archives of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library houses a collection of professional papers, research notebooks, and personal manuscripts of renowned, early 20th-century French physiologist Louis Lapicque.

Born August 1, 1866, Louis Lapicque was a pioneer in the field of neural excitability. One of his main contributions was to propose the integrate-and-fire model of the neuron in an article published in 1907. This model is still one of the most popular models in computational and mathematical neuroscience. The Lapicque concepts of excitability and nerve transmission form a part of the basic framework of modern neurophysiology.

Louis Lapicque completed his doctorate at the Paris Medical School. He married Marcelle de Heredia, one of his notable students, on May 14, 1902. Marcelle completed her doctoral studies under Lapicque in 1903, concentrating on the nerve impulse. Lapicque and his wife worked closely together for nearly fifty years in the Sorbonne Laboratoire de Physiologie, publishing over 80 articles. They devoted their life work to the study of what they termed the chronaxie of the nerve – the nerve response over time under various physiological conditions. Together they brought physiology in France to world recognition.

Louis Lapicque died in Paris on December 6, 1952. Marcelle de Heredia Lapicque took over the directorship of the Sorbonne Laboratoire de Physiologie until her death in 1962.

Held in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library’s Archives, the Louis Lapicque Papers contain original handwritten lab books, journals of travel, a ship log for Lapicque’s yacht, manuscripts for papers, journal reprints, bibliographies of the research work of Lapicque and Alexandre Marcel Monnier, obituaries and biographical articles written by Lapicque and Monnier, and correspondence with both Lapicque and Monnier. For a detailed description of this collection, see the Guide to the Louis Lapicque Papers.

For a more thorough biography of Louis Lapicque and further information on the collections in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, please see the Treasures of the P.I. Nixon Library blog.

For more information about the Archives or to make an appointment to view archival materials, contact Mellisa DeThorne, Special Collections Assistant, at 210-567-2470 or

Leisure Reading EBooks – Great for Summertime Reading

Ebooks are gaining in popularity, even with those readers who claimed they would never crack the pages of an ebook. Commercial sources for ebooks such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble are available; however, residents of San Antonio and Bexar County are fortunate to have two sources for extensive free access to ebooks.  All that is needed to read an ebook is a tablet, smart phone, or computer and in some cases a downloaded ereader,  and a willingness to try something new.

San Antonio Public Library

The San Antonio Public Library has a number of options for obtaining digital downloads of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and music. All that is needed is a San Antonio Public Library card and in some cases, a downloadable reader or media player. More information can be found at the San Antonio Public Library’s Digital Library page


BiblioTech is Bexar County’s new all digital library. Citizens of Bexar County and San Antonio are eligible to register for access to the BiblioTech’s large collection of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music and more. Information about the BiblioTech including instructions for registration can be found at


Featured New Books for July 2014

Adams and Victor’s principles of neurology, 10th ed. [electronic resource] / Allan H. Ropper, Martin A. Samuels, Joshua P. Klein. New York : McGraw-Hill Education Medical, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record  

Adam's and Victor's Principles of Neurology, 10th ed.

Current medical diagnosis & treatment 2014 [electronic resource] / edited by Maxine A. Papadakis, Stephen J. McPhee, associate editor Michael W. Rabow. New York : McGraw-Hill  Medical, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2014

Davis’s drug guide for nurses, 14th ed. [electronic resource] / April Hazard Vallerand, Cynthia A. Sanoski, Judith Hopfer Deglin. Philadelphia : F.A. Davis, c2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses, 14th ed.

Developing global health programming : a guidebook for medical and professional schools, 2nd ed. [edited by] Jessica Evert, Paul Drain, Thomas Hall. San Francisco : Global Health Education Collaborations Press, 2014. WA 18 D489 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Developing Global Health Programming: a guidebook for medical and professional schools

Health sciences librarianship / edited by M. Sandra Wood. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
Z 675.M4 H434 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Health Sciences Librarianship edited by M. Sandra Wood

Inheritance : how our genes change our lives– and our lives change our genes / Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD, with Matthew D. LaPlante. New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
QZ 50 M687i 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Inheritance: how good genes change our lives

Pediatric neuroimaging, 5th ed. / A. James Barkovich, Charles Raybaud. Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
WS 340 B256p 2012.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Pediatric Neuroimaging, 5th ed. 2012

Physician salary & benefits report 2014 : hospital-based and group practice. Oakland , N.J. : Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service, c2014.
WX 16 P578 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Physician Salary & Benefits Report 2014

Seidel’s guide to physical examination, 8th ed. / Jane W. Ball, Joyce E. Dains, John A. Flynn, Barry S. Solomon, Rosalyn W. Stewart. St. Louis, Missouri : Elsevier/Mosby, c2015.
WB 205 M894 2015.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Seidel's Guide to Physical Examination, 8th ed. 2015

Where there is no doctor : a village health care handbook / by David Werner with Carol Thuman and Jane Maxwell ; with drawings by David Werner. New rev. ed., 13th printing Palo Alto, Calif., U.S.A. : Hesperian Foundation, c2013.WA 39 W492w 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Where there is No Doctor: a village health care handbook, 2013 reprint


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

News From the Libraries – June 2014

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

Mobile Print Available

New Database Page

Mobile Print Now Available

LearningExpress Library 3.0

Anthropometamorphosis or Tattoos: Older Than You Think

Library Staff News

New Leisure Books

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

New Database Page

The library is launching a new database page to help in finding resources among the more than 200 databases accessible through the library.  Databases can be searched by words from the title, by subject, and by the type of format included in the database (full-text, images, video, etc).  Icons are used to readily identify key features of the database.   With the new page, mobile enabled users can browse for resources easily on all of their devices, just like they can on their desktop.  The new database page was developed using a tool called Subjects Plus, created originally by East Carolina State University; now kept current by the University of Miami and Ithaca College.

Created over the course of three months, a team of librarians worked to develop the categories, brief biographies of the resources, and over all look and feel of the database page.  The faculty and student Library Committee as well as the Student Government Association provided feedback about the features and design of the database page.

Database Page -Desktop


Mobile Print Now Available

Mobile Print AvailableThe Briscoe Library is happy to announce that an award from TexShare, the state-wide library resource sharing consortium, has allowed the library to upgrade its print service in the library. Visitors to the library can now print from their mobile phone to any of the printers located in the Briscoe Library.

For more information on locations that support mobile printing or how to use it, please visit:


LearningExpress Library 3.0

LearningExpress Library provided by TexShare, the statewide library resource sharing consortium, is an interactive online learning platform that provides the most comprehensive selection of career-oriented and academic resources available.  This resource is moving to a NEW platform.  The current version (2.0) will remain online until June 30th, 2014 when it will be taken offline.

All user profiles (logons, passwords, work saved or in progress) will NOT migrate to the new platform (version 3.0).  Furthermore, all current users will be required to register as new users to access the new platform.  If you have any questions about this conversion to a new platform, please contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources,

Anthropometamorphosis or Tattoos: Older Than You Think

The P.I.Nixon Medical Historical Library contains many important works in the history of medicine. These historical works often give modern day readers a window into social commentary from earlier years. One such book with a very long title, “Anthropometamorphosis: Man Transform’d, or the Artificial Changeling. Historically presented, in the mad and cruel Gallantry, foolish Bravery, ridiculous Beauty, filthy Fineness, and loathesome Loveliness of most Nations, fashioning & altering their Bodies from the Mould intended by Nature. With a Vindication of the Regular Beauty and Honesty of Nature, and an Appendix of the Pedigree of the English Gallant,” reflected Dr. John Bulwer’s views condemning practices that disfigured the human body. The Anthropometamorphosis was first published in 1650 with an expanded second edition published in 1653. The 1653 edition is available in the Nixon Library. Considered to be the earliest book on tattooing and body mutilations, the book is a mixture of fact and fiction, some from traveler’s tales, some from early literature. The title of the book literally means “humanity-changing.” It is one of the first studies in comparative cultural anthropology and included a strong tone of social commentary.

The frontispiece to the 1653 edition shows a European woman, a hair-covered man and a South American Indian with full body paint standing side by side. They are being judged by Nature, Adam and Eve and a body of disapproving magistrates (including the ghost of Galen) for transforming their bodies, while the devil flies above them laughing and saying, “In the image of God created he them! But I have new-molded them to my likeness.”

Anthropometamorphosis is available for viewing in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. To schedule an appointment, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or call 567-2406. A more detailed description of the Anthropometamorphosis is available through the Treasures of the P.I. Nixon Library Blog.


Frontspiece to Anthropometamorphosis

Frontspiece to Anthropometamorphosis


Library staff news

Kathy Carter, Assistant Director of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library, presented a poster with Dr. Alfredo Sardinas, RAHC Internal Medicine Chief Resident at the Society of General Kathy Carter presents poster entitled “Resident’s perspectives on the value of iPads and point-of-care resources in the delivery of quality care and evidence-based medicine at the bedside”.Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. The poster, entitled “Residents’s Perspectives on the Value of iPads and Point-of-Care Resources in the Delivery of Quality Care and Evidence-Based Medicine at the Bedside”, reported on the results of two program improvement projects which sought to better understand the preferences of RAHC IM residents when it comes to utilizing point-of-care resources to answer clinical questions. The project also examined the effectiveness of iPads used by RAHC IM residents for patient care, research and learning.

Kathy Carter also presented a poster at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Annual Spring Conference in San Antonio. The poster, entitled “A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teaching Evidence Based Medicine to Medical Students”, described a 4th year elective in EBM co-taught by Dr. Beatriz Tapia, Kathy Carter and Dr. Mario Tapia. The 4-week course was taught after the MATCH and offered the learner a hands-on opportunity to review the scientific literature, formulate clinical questions using the PICO framework, and review case studies based on the student’s clinical interests as a future physician-in-training.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, participated in a panel at the Council of Science Editors meeting held in San Antonio on May 4.  The topic of the panel discussion was “Libraries 101: It’s Not Your Mother’s Library,” intended to familiarize meeting attendees with the current state of academic libraries and how they have changed as technology has advanced.  Co-presenters were Diane Graves, Assistant Vice President for Information Resources and University Librarian, Trinity University, and Joan Heath, Associate Vice President and University Librarian, Texas State University.

Jonquil Feldman presented a poster at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Chicago on May 20.  The poster titled, “One Book: A Case Study of Community Reading to Explore Ethical Issues in a Health Sciences Setting”  was co-authored by Rajia Tobia and  Susan Hunnicutt, formerly Special Projects Librarian, and featured the One Community/One Book program co-sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics.

Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian, has been elected president of the Council of Research and Academic Libraries (CORAL).  CORAL is a consortium of libraries in the greater San Antonio area. CORAL develops and strengthens library information resources and services through the development of cooperative programs, by providing a forum for librarians from member institutions to discuss important issues, and by promoting information literacy in the greater San Antonio area, as well as in member institutions.

Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian, presented two posters at the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) conference in Fort Worth on May 2.Dana Whitmire presents two posters at the 2014 NASIG Conference. The posters, “Creating New Spaces for Our Future: A Weeding Workflow” and “Share With Your Friends – Resources in Common”, described some of the changes occurring at the Health Science Center library and explained the process of each project.  During the conference, Dana also accepted the Chair position of the Awards and Recognition Committee.