Jorge, who offices in the Briscoe Library, also provides technology support for the Ramirez Library in Harlingen, the Laredo Regional Campus Library, the library at Texas Research Park and University Health Service Downtown Library.
News from the Libraries
Jorge Martinez graduates from Texas A&M San Antonio
John Hunter: “the father of scientific surgery”: Resources from the collection of the P.I. Nixon Library
Scottish anatomist and surgeon John Hunter is described as “the father of scientific surgery.”
The youngest of ten children, Hunter grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Glasgow and received only a basic education. After spending several years as a cabinetmaker, he joined his brother William, a prominent anatomist and obstetrician, in London. There, while preparing specimens for William’s anatomy lectures, John had dealings with the notorious ‘resurrection men’ who supplied medical schools with cadavers. John’s dissection skills were so impressive that he was taken on as William’s assistant, and in 1753, after studying medicine, he became a master anatomist.
During the Seven Years’ War John Hunter served as staff surgeon in the British Army, gathering experiences he would later compile into his famous treatise on gunshot wounds. Back in London, he returned to surgical practice and to his extensive collection of specimens, one of which was the skeleton of Charles Byrne, the legendary Irish pituitary giant. Hunter’s reputation grew, and he eventually became a Fellow of the Royal Society and surgeon-extraordinaire to George III.
John Hunter was one of science’s most brilliant innovators. He published breakthrough studies on venereal disease (inadvertently contracting syphilis in the course of his experiments). He also developed important new surgical techniques – among them, methods for repairing the Achilles tendon and for arterial ligature in cases of aneurysm.
The Natural History of Human Teeth, one of Hunter’s most important works, revolutionized the practice of dentistry and provided medical research with a new, scientific nomenclature for the teeth. Hunter based his book on detailed observations of the anatomy of the jaw and mouth. He described the tooth’s construction – bone, pulp and enamel – and examined the processes of tooth development in fetuses and children. Hunter’s many valuable contributions to the advancement of medicine make him one of the greatest names in science.
The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns all three of the Hunter classics mentioned in this article:
The Natural History of the Human Teeth
Treatise on the Venereal Disease
Treatise on the Blood, Inflammation, and Gun-Shot Wounds
Visitors can stop by the Special Collections Reading Room– Briscoe Room 5.078— to view these medical historical treasures. Information about reading room hours can be found here.
Special Collections Librarian
Library classes for January
All library classes are free and open to all. Advance registration is appreciated but not required. If you would like to request a class or schedule a consultation at any HSC campus, please contact the library at (210) 567-2450 or email AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu.
If you would like to request a special class or orientation for your department or group at other days/times, please contact us!
To register for a class or to read class descriptions, visit the online class schedule.
When you register for a library class, your registration confirmation email includes a file that you can save as an appointment into your electronic calendar.
Briscoe Library – Long Campus, San Antonio
Introduction to PubMed: January 11, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
- Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: January 11, 10:30 a.m.—12 noon, LIB 2.011
- Why Twitter? – Technology Brownbag: January 12, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., Library Howe Conference Room
- Records Management Module A: Records Retention and Inventory: January 12, 9:00 a.m.—12: p.m., LIB 2.011
- Introduction to RefWorks: January 18, 1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
- Records Management Quick Review: January 19, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
- Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: January 20, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
Texas Research Park, San Antonio
- Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: January 26, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., IBT Building 3.002
Head of Education and Information Services
The Libraries wish you a Happy New Year!
News from the Libraries – December 2010
In the news this month:
A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.
Biomedical Publishing 101: Briscoe Library will host webinar on developments in academic publishing
If you are involved in any part of the academic publishing cycle, please consider joining us for this event:
December 7, 2010
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Briscoe Library Collaboratory (4.074)
This 90-minute webinar will provide an opportunity to learn about the publishing cycle of biomedical journals, both in print and online. The complexities of publishing in a world of rapidly changing delivery formats and devices will be explored, including the publishing challenges and opportunities posed by each.
Presenters include John Tagler of Association of American Publishers, Inc. The session will be moderated by Jean Shipman, director of both the University of Utah’s Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region.
Key topics to be covered include:
- The Current Biomedical Publishing Landscape
- The Publishing Process
- Publication Ethics
- Production & Delivery
- Practical Considerations
- The Road Ahead
Participants will gain knowledge of the various roles and responsibilities of different players in the scientific publishing chain and of the international aspects of bioscience communication. All participants will have a chance to engage in discussions with the presenters.
The Biomedical Publishing 101 is a project of the Chicago Collaborative, a joint partnership of librarians, publishers and editors, and is sponsored and hosted by NN/LM MCR, NN/LM SCR, NN/LM PSR and library directors in the Four Corners region of the U.S.
Tech the Halls: 30 Holiday Tips and Tools
Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Howe Conference Room
Bring your lunch and learn about 30 tools and tips to make your holidays merrier.
Coming Soon: PubMed Author ID
If you’ve ever tried to execute a search in PubMed (or many other databases) for works by a given author, you have probably realized it can be a pretty messy proposition. A searcher currently has no alternative but to try a combination of the author’s surname and usually first and middle initials. If an author has a common surname, or if different articles have appeared with different combinations of first and/or middle name and initials, or if the author’s name has actually changed in the course of his or her career, searching for that researcher’s work can be a very hit-or-miss proposition indeed.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) hopes to improve this situation significantly with their PubMed Author ID project, announced in early November. Although the “specifics of PubMed Author ID are still evolving,” according to the NLM Technical Bulletin, the project’s goal is to “address the problem of ambiguous author names within PubMed and facilitate accurate search and retrieval of a participating author’s works.” NLM anticipates launching PubMed Author ID in mid-2011.
Beyond just the scope of PubMed, however, the problem of standardizing author and researcher identification is being tackled by a number of large-scale projects, such as the Open Researcher & Contributor ID (ORCID). NLM has expressed its intent to make the PubMed Author ID system interoperable with such externally-developed systems, so hopefully the PubMed Author ID can become a gateway to more effective searching across many databases around the world.
Director for Library Technology and Historical Collections
Faculty of 1000 and The Scientist: subscription changes
The UT Health Science Center Libraries currently has an electronic subscription to The Scientist. The publisher, F1000, will combine its three products — Faculty of 1000 Medicine, Faculty of 1000 Biology, and The Scientist — into one product, effective January 2011. Because of the cost increase for the bundled collection, the library is not able to continue the electronic version of The Scientist in 2011 as we have for the last two years.
In order to continue an electronic subscription to The Scientist, the library would be required to subscribe to all three products resulting in more than a 400% increase in subscription cost in 2011 compared to the cost in 2010. We realize that The Scientist is a popular publication for keeping up with the latest news and views in science; however, as with all departments on campus, the library is looking at a reduced budget in the next biennium and we must be fiscally responsible.
The library will continue our print subscription to The Scientist but discontinue electronic access starting in 2011. Contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, with any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: ERes course reserves system retires this month
As reported since May, The Libraries will retire the ERes system (http://eres.library.uthscsa.edu/) used for electronic course reserves on December 22, 2010. After December 22, ERes will no longer be available. Electronic materials uploaded for previous courses must be downloaded before that date.
Starting in 2011, only print materials and books will be accepted for course reserves. All electronic reserves will be handled through Blackboard. Books and materials on reserve at the libraries will be found through the Library Catalog.
If you need assistance with your ERes account, please contact the Briscoe Library Information Desk at (210) 567-2450 or email email@example.com. To get started using Blackboard for your courses, call Blackboard Support at (210) 567-7777 option #4.
Head of Education and Information Services