News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Local exhibit showcases rare books from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Regimen Sanitatus Salerni

Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum, a primary source for medieval humorism, appeared in manuscript form between the 11 and the 14th centuries. It was enormously popular. Following its first appearance in print it was translated into almost every European language. Nearly forty different editions were produced before 1501. The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns a 1575 edition of the work, Regimen Sanitatis Salerni, that was produced in London.

Humoral medicine, with its roots in ancient Greece, held that an excess or deficiency of any of four bodily liquids was a primary source of differences in temperment and health.  Humorism was the most commonly held view of the human body in the West before the advent of modern scientific medicine in the nineteenth century.

A local exhibit currently on display in the Briscoe Library provides an introduction to humoral thinking and showcases some of the resources of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library that shed light on that tradition.

The local exhibit, which has been planned in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine exhibit There’s the Humor of It: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, can be found  in the seating area at the entrance to the Briscoe Library.  Books from the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library that are highlighted in the exhibit include:

Regimen Sanitatis Salerni (1575)

Avicenna, The Canon of Medicine (1582)

Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1632)

Both exhibits and their accompanying presentations are programs of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  For information about either exhibit, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian,

One Community/One Book: Workshops for discussion leaders February 4 and 13

Humanities Texas LogoThe Libraries, in cooperation with the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, have chosen Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World for a One Community/One Book read.   Tina Rosenberg, the author of Join the Club, will be the keynote speaker at the CMH&E’s Community Service Learning Conference, which will take place on April 4, 2013.

The Libraries will offer noon-hour workshops  on February 4 and February 13 to support discussion group leaders and hosts. The workshops are open to faculty, staff, and students of the UT Health Science Center and members of the broader community who are interested in planning a discussion opportunity.

The workshops will be available on request in Harlingen and Laredo via V-tel.

Book discussions will be held throughout February and March, in the weeks leading up to Tina Rosenberg’s keynote address at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics Community Service Learning Conference on April 4, 2013.  For information about how to to be a part of One Community/One Book, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: email

One Community/One Book is made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Training for discussion group leaders

Patrick Lemelle, an outreach library assistant in the Briscoe Library, talks about books and small groups with Tatjana Walker of Family and Community Medicine and Amanda Miller, a physician assistant student in the School of Health Professions. The three attended a workshop for book discussion leaders in late January.


ABCD Workshops in San Antonio and Harlingen

The UT Health Science Center Libraries are
Proud to Announce:

ABCD Workshops in San Antonio and Harlingen
(Asset-Based Community Development)

 Building community connections and partnerships in support of
medical research, education and practices
that really work to impact community health.

 The workshop will be presented by H. Daniels (Dan) Duncan, a consultant and faculty member of the ABCD Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. Dan is a longtime human services professional who helps agencies recognize the value of working with citizens and community organizations.

You are invited to attend either of the following workshops:

San Antonio – UT Health Science Center Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library

To Register Click Here 

Thursday, February 21, 2013 – Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshop, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Harlingen – Mario E. Ramirez Library
  To Register Click Here

Thursday, March 7, 2013 – Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshop, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Dr. Sam Friedberg: People and Places

Ruth and Sam Friedberg

Dr. Friedberg, emeritus professor, with his wife Ruth Friedberg at the time of his 2000 exhibit in the Health Science Center auditorium.

Watercolors on display in the Briscoe Library Foyer

Dr. Sam Friedberg’s career as a water colorist began with a cat, sketched on a scrap of paper, on an airplane, in the late 1980s.  His wife Ruth was inspired, and soon gifted him with a class at the San Antonio Art Institute.

At first, it seemed that research in diabetes and lipid metabolism would eclipse whatever artistic talent Dr. Friedberg had.  But he was nearing retirement (he retired in 1992), and with time, the newer work prevailed.  He mounted his first exhibit, Faces, Places and Forms, in the foyer of the Health Science Center auditorium in February of 2000.  As Dr. Friedberg, a founding member of the faculty at the UT Health Science Center, told an interviewer at that time, painting “is very absorbing and a little like research… You are constantly trying things out. It relaxes and fascinates me, and transports me into another world.”

A new exhibit, Dr. Sam Friedberg: People and Places, is on display in the seating area at the entrance to the Briscoe Library.

Dr. Friedberg can be contacted at

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian


Information outreach: Laredo Regional Campus Library provides services to seniors

Laredo Seniors

Peg Seger, head of outreach services in the Briscoe Library, speaks to a group of seniors at the Laredo Regional Campus Library about MedlinePlus and other consumer health information resources.

On  January 24 and 25,  Erika Silva, library assistant at the Laredo Regional Campus Library, Peg Seger, head of outreach services at the Briscoe Library, and Rodney Webb, Texas A&M International University librarian presented an overview of library resources and services to members of the Laredo seniors community.  Included in the program was a presentation on consumer health information resources available through the National Library of Medicine.  Attendees were treated to pens, notepads, and a variety of print materials about MedlinePlus and NIHSenior Health.

“Night of the Arts”: Support the Health Science Center’s Student-Run Free Clinics

NOTA_logo_bannerOn the evening of March 21, the UT Health Science Center San Antonio’s Student-Run Free Clinics organization will be hosting its annual fundraiser, “Night of the Arts.” These clinics provide free medical care to the underserved of San Antonio, as well as valuable learning experiences for HSC students.

Interested in auditioning? Tryouts will be held Feb. 28.

E-mail for more details.

The event features performances from several local groups, as well as Health Science Center students and faculty. It will be held in the UT Health Science Center Holly Auditorium, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at

Up-to-date details about the event and about making donations can be found at

Eva Galvan, MS-2

Changes to Micromedex drug database- Please update the url

Effective February 27, 2013, Micromedex will change URLs.  Anyone that has Micromedex bookmarked on their computer will have to update the URL to  This new URL is available now.  Beginning in February, a web page will redirect those accessing the old address to the new address until June 2013.

Please contact the library at or (210)567-2450 with any questions.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources

Micromedex Banner


New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library in February

Roots of BioethicsThe roots of bioethics : health, progress, technology, death / Daniel Callahan.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
WB 60 C156r 2012.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Fundamentals of Nursing SuccessFundamentals of nursing test success : unfolding case study review / Ruth A. Wittmann-Price, Frances H. Cornelius. New York : Springer, c2013.
WY 18.2 W832f 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Advances in Restorative DentistryAdvances in restorative dentistry / edited by Adrian Lussi and Markus Schaffner ; with contributions from Adrian Lussi … [et al.].
London ; Chicago : Quintessence Publishing, c2012.
WU 300 A245 2012.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


The Question of CompetenceThe question of competence : reconsidering medical education in the twenty-first century /edited by Brian D. Hodges and Lorelei Lingard ; with a foreword by M. Brownell Anderson.
Ithaca, N.Y. : ILR Press/Cornell University Press, c2012.
W 18 Q5 2012.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Game Based TeachingGame-based teaching and simulation in nursing and healthcare / Eric B. Bauman, [editor].
New York : Springer Pub. Co., c2013.
WY 18 G192 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


The Laboratory MouseThe laboratory mouse / Peggy J. Danneman, Mark A. Suckow, Cory F. Brayton.
Boca Raton : CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, c2013.
QY 50 S942L 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Healthcare Beyond ReformHealthcare beyond reform : doing it right for half the cost / Joe Flower.
Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, c2012.
WA 540.AA1 F644h 2012.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Andrea N. Schorr, Collection Resources Librarian

News from the Libraries — January 2013

Staff of the Briscoe Library

Briscoe Library in San Antonio

The Staff of The Libraries wish you the happiest of years in 2013!

Are you in? Become part of One Community/One Book 2013

Department of the Army medical historian to speak

Library classes for January

Yolanda Klebahn to retire after 22 years with the Briscoe Library

A featured resource: Crazy Good Interviewing

The PubReader View: A New Way to Read Articles in PubMed Central

Mobile Devices: Know the RISKS. Take the STEPS. PROTECT and SECURE Health Information

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library in January

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Ramirez Library in Harlingen

Ramirez Library in Harlingen

Laredo Regional Campus Library

Laredo Regional Campus Library