News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

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.

New Leisure Books

Looking for a good summer read?  Check out the new leisure titles at the Briscoe Library!

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 donations to the library.


The 30-day heart tune-up : a breakthrough medical plan to prevent and reverse heart disease
Steven Masley, MD,  Fellow, American Heart Association.
New York : Center Street, c2014.


Above / Isla Morley.
New York : Gallery Books, c2014.


The anatomy lesson : a novel / Nina Siegal.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2014.


A beautiful truth / Colin McAdam.
New York : Soho Press, c2013.


The burning dark / Adam Christopher.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, c2014.


Caffeinated : how our daily habit helps, hurts, and hooks us / Murray Carpenter.
New York, New York : Hudson Street Press, c2014.


Distortion / Terri Blackstock.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, c2014.


The edge of normal / Carla Norton.
New York : Minotaur Books, c2013.


My story / Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart.
New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2013.


A guide for the perplexed : a novel / Dara Horn.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, c2013.


Moonlight sonata at the Mayo Clinic / Nora Gallagher.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013.


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 June 2014

The 5-minute clinical consult 2015, 23rd ed. [electronic resource] /
edited by Frank Domino, Robert A. Baldor,
Jeremy Golding, Jill A. Grimes.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Current protocols select : imaging and microscopy / edited by Simon C. Watkins, Claudette M. St.
Croix, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., c2013.
QH 205.2 C976 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Cheating lessons : learning from academic dishonesty / James M. Lang.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, c2013.
LB 3609 L269c 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Recognizing and treating breathing disorders [electronic resource] : a multidisciplinary approach, 2nd ed. /
by Leon Chaitow, Christopher Gilbert, Dinah Morrison.
Oxford : Churchill Livingstone, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



ADEA official guide to dental schools 2014 : for students entering fall 2015 /
ADEA ; contributor Paul Garrard ; editor Nancy Lang.
Washington, D.C. : American Dental Education Association, c2014.
WU 19 A512a 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Clinical dermatology / [edited by] Carol Soutor, Maria K. Hordinsky.
New York : McGraw-Hill Education/Medical, c2013.
WR 140 C6415 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Quantitative MRI of the spinal cord / edited by Julien Cohen-Adad, Claudia A.M. Wheeler-Kingshott.
Amsterdam : Academic Press, 2014.
WL 400 Q1 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Understanding global health, 2nd ed. [electronic resource] / edited by William H. Markle, Melanie A. Fisher, Raymond A. Smego, Jr.
New York : McGraw-Hill Education, c2014
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Anatomy of writing for publication for nurses, 2nd ed. / Cynthia Saver.
Indianapolis, Ind. : Sigma Theta Tau International, c2014.
WZ 345 A535 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




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

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


Summer Time Reading – June 2nd @ 6:00 p.m. – Forest Hills Branch Library

Join us on June 2nd at the Forest Hills Branch Library for a discussion of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The Briscoe Library at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Forest Hills Branch Library have partnered together to read the same book this summer. Ms. Lynne Parsons Heilbrun, Autism Research Coordinator with the UT Health Science Center Department of Family and Community Medicine, will be here to offer some insight into the main character.

Register for the San Antonio Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program at or in person at any branch library starting on June 1st. Just finish four titles and turn in a completed registration form by August 31 to enter an eReader prize drawing. Make The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time one of your four books!

Monday, June 2, 6PM
Forest Hills Branch Library
5245 Ingram Rd. 78228

News From the Libraries – May 2014

The May issue of News from the Libraries is now available.  For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.IMG_1685[1]

Briscoe Library 24/7 Hours During Finals

ClinicalKey to Replace MD Consult

New Database Page – Coming Soon!

Periodical Price Survey 2014

Library’s Updated Mission Statement

Farewell to Katie Prentice

Aging Conference – Laredo Regional Campus

Medical Information Day – Ramirez Library

Library Says Goodbye to Trinae Weldy

Danny Jones Essay Competition

New Online Reference Books

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

ClinicalKey to replace MD Consult

MD Consult, a collection of electronic books and journals including the “Clinics in…” series published by Elsevier, will cease publication at the end of 2014. It is being replaced by ClinicalKey, a more comprehensive system that includes 1,100 e-books, 550 e-journals including most of the “Clinics in…” review journals, 13,00 videos, 4,000 practice guidelines, and a large collection of patient handouts. Following positive results of a trial period conducted last year, the library will be subscribing to ClinicalKey. There will be a transition period between canceling MD Consult at the end of April and licensing the content in ClinicalKey. During that time, ClinicalKey will be available on a trial basis here.

In order to mitigate some of the increased cost of ClinicalKey, the library will not purchase print copies of the books and journals in ClinicalKey unless requested by faculty, students or staff. Librarians will closely monitor the use of ClinicalKey in this first subscription year to make sure the cost of the system is justified by its use.

Please send comments about ClinicalKey to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources.

Coming soon: New database page

The library is constantly working to improve our services, both in person and online. One area of our website we have been working recently to improve is our databases page, which is one of the most used on our site. In looking at the page we decided we not only needed to address how it looked but also how it functioned. In that vein we will be offering a beta look at our new library databases page on May 1st.

The new page is more streamlined and better organized to make it easier to both get to what you want quickly and to find new resources to support your research. The new page will also offer an open place to provide us with feedback and in the future we will offer resource guides on a variety of subjects.

We willl also be performing user testing on the new page to make sure it performs well before full rollout. If you would like to participate in testing contact Kelley Minars, Web Services Librarian.

Periodical Price Survey 2014

Each year in April Library Journal publishes a study of the cost of periodicals indexed in the Institute for Scientific Information’s (ISI) various citation indexes. The journals covered in the study represent those generally acquired by large research libraries. Librarians watch this study each year in order to note trends in journal pricing and to predict prices for the next year. In addition to many other disciplines, the April 2014 study included an average of 1411 titles published in the health sciences throughout the world and detailed subscription costs for years 2012-2014. In 2014, the average cost of journals in the Library of Congress health sciences classification was $1,479, a 7% increase over the average cost of $1,385 in 2013. From 2012 to 2014, the average cost of a health sciences journal increased an average of 6% from $1,411 in 2012 to $1,479 in 2014. Among all disciplines, chemistry journals were the most costly. The study estimates that barring any major upheaval in the world economy, periodical prices are likely to rise 6.1% in 2015.

The article also discussed other factors affecting the journal subscription market this year. Library budgets have not fully recovered from the economic downturn of 2008. Average prices for STM journals remain the highest among academic disciplines. “Big Deal” bundled publisher packages continue to dominate academic licensing of e-journal content and subscriptions to print journals continue to decline as libraries convert many of their subscriptions to electronic format. Open access is evolving with funding agency mandates for public access to research results and mega open access journals such as PLoS One and Peer J gaining in popularity.  The complete Library Journal article can be accessed at:

For further information about the UT Health Science Center Library’s journal collection, contact Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries,

Library’s updated mission statement

On January 9,  library staff participated in a lively planning meeting where we reviewed the changing environment for libraries nationwide and how we can continue to provide the best possible services to the faculty, students and staff of the Health Science Center.  The end result of the planning meeting was a revised mission statement for the UT Health Science Center Libraries.  At its April 8 meeting, the Library Advisory Committee endorsed the updated mission statement.

The mission of the UT Health Science Center Libraries is to promote learning, inspire discovery, and connect with our communities.  To achieve our mission we:

  • Deliver resources for teaching, learning, and research
  • Provide expert informational and instructional services
  • Develop innovative physical and virtual spaces
  • Strengthen existing partnerships and seek new collaborations.

For comments about the library’s mission or services, contact Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries,