News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Books from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library now viewable online at The Portal to Texas History

From Queer, Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases (1895): Views of San Pedro Springs and San Pedro Park.

A dozen books on Texas and medical history from the collection of the P.I .Nixon Medical Historical Library are now available as ebooks through the Portal to Texas History, an Internet gateway created and maintained by the University of North Texas.  In 2008, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) identified the Portal to Texas History as one of the best online resources for education in the humanities.  The Libraries’ contributions to the Portal to Texas History were made possible by a “Rescuing Texas History” mini-grant awarded to Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Special Collections. The books include:

Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses (1913) by Dr. Rudolph Menger, complete with many of Menger’s own photographs and photo-micrographs of native animal and insect life

San Antonio de Bexar: A Guide and History (1890) by William Corner, including a historical sketch of the city written by Sidney Lanier

An Account of the Early History of Surgery in Texas (1932) by Albert O. Singleton, originally presented as a presidential address to the Texas Surgical Society

Queer, Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases (1895) by C. E. Fisher, an illustrated “medical tourism” guide extolling the virtues of San Antonio’s climate, lifestyle and amusements for respiratory disease sufferers

A Frontier Doctor (1929), an autobiography by Henry Franklin Holt, a pioneer who was the first physician to practice medicine in the Texas Panhandle

A Treatise on the Eclectic Southern Practice of Medicine (1854) by J. Cam. Massie, a 720-page reference text on the theory and practice of medicine

Texas Surgeon, An Autobiography (1958) by Donald Taylor Atkinson, who practiced medicine in rural Texas and the Oklahoma Indian country before moving to Dallas and San Antonio

The Menace: An Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor (1914) by Charles Dixon, about the work of ridding Bexar County of quacks and nostrum exploiters

Notes on the Newer Remedies (2nd edition, 1894) by David Cerna, a pharmacological reference text including physical characteristics, therapeutic applications and dosages for various synthetic and natural drugs

Luke Rosenberger
Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections

Webinar: Copyright at Work

Library Collaboratory, LIB 4.074

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

If you’ve ever been puzzled by copyright questions, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the copyright experts and to expand your respect for intellectual property. Not only will you get answers to your copyright questions but you’ll also learn how to minimize your exposure to illegal content use. This session,  produced by the Copyright Clearance Center, features:

  • The basics of copyright law
  • What is and is not copyright-protected
  • Fair use — what it is and how it works
  • When copyright permission is needed, for both photocopies and electronic content
  • How to obtain copyright permission and much more

For more information, contact Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services, at 210-567-6606 or email

Dana Whitmire receives professional development award from North American Serials Group

Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian, has been awarded a Horizon Award to attend the 2011 North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) meeting to be held in St. Louis, MO, June 2-5, 2011.  NASIG is an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication.

The Horizon Award is given to promising new serials professionals.  It covers the cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America.  Recipients of the award are also invited to serve on a NASIG committee.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library: Spring lecture series focuses on infectious disease discovery and epidemiology

U.S. Public Health Service Poster- Syphilis

U.S. Public Health Service poster: Images from the History of Medicine database, National Library of Medicine

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and the Briscoe Library launched a spring lecture series in February featuring Dr. Gregory Anstead of the School of Medicine speaking on the topic, Beyond Bugs and Drugs: Infectious Disease Discovery and Epidemiology.  The second installment in the series, focusing on Syphilis, will take place at noon on Thursday, March 24 in the Howe Conference Room, on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.

Dr. Anstead, whose interests include clinical trials of new antiretroviral and antifungal drugs and the historical epidemiology of infectious diseases, is director of the Immuno- suppression and Infectious Diseases clinics of the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System.

As always, the event is free and open to everyone.  Please bring your lunch and join us!

The series will continue in April and May with talks on Hantavirus (April 28) and HIV in America (May 26).

For more information about the spring lecture series, contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, at

Report finds that searches for health information continue to rank high among Internet users

According to Health Topics, a report released in February by the Pew Research Center and the California Healthcare Foundation, eight in ten Internet users, or 59% of the U.S. population, search for health information online.  Searches for health information are the third most popular online activity, behind checking email and using search engines.   The report was based on telephone interviews conducted between August 9 and September 13, 2010.

Among possible health-related searches, the most frequent (by 66% of respondents) was for information about a specific disease or condition.  Searches of this type have occupied the top spot since 2002, ahead of searches for information about specific medical treatments or procedures, information about physicians and other health professionals, and information about health care facilities.

The Health Topics report is part of the Pew Internet and American Life Project.  The full text of the report can be found online.

Chart: The % of internet users who have looked online for information about...

Library classes for March and April

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

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.

San Antonio – Briscoe Library

  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 3, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 4.074 – Collaboratory
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: March 8, 2011, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 8, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Picture This: Online Photo-Sharing – Technology Brownbag: March 9, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room
  • Introduction to PubMed: March 15, 2011, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Webinar: Copyright at Work: March 22, 2011, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 4.074 – Collaboratory
  • Introduction to RefWorks: March 25, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: April 6, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: April 20, 2011, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: April 21, 2011, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: April 22, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011

Harlingen and Edinburg – Ramirez Library and Edinburg RAHC

  • PubMed Advanced: March 1, 2011, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Edinburg – RAHC Building room 1.202
  • Managing PubMed Search Results: March 10, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, Ramirez Library, Harlingen room 1.132
  • Customizing PubMed with MyNCBI: April 5, 2011, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Edinburg – RAHC Building room 1.202
  • Customizing PubMed with MyNCBI: April 7, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, Ramirez Library, Harlingen room 1.132

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Featured resource: Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is a tool for evaluating the influence of journals by comparing them to other journals in the same field, to identify those that are the most frequently cited and that have the highest impact factors.  Citation and article counts can be important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals.

The JCR database covers over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals in the fields of science, technology and social sciences.

UT Health Science Center students, faculty and staff can access Journal Citation Reports from the Database page of The Libraries’ website, or at

Spring Lecture Series Opening: Influenza: Past, Present, and Future

Opening Lecture in New Spring Series on Infectious Diseases

Preventive treatment against influenza - American Red Cross - Love Field, Texas - 11/6/18 National Museum of Health and Medicine Washington, D.C.

Influenza:  Past, Present, and Future

Gregory Anstead, MD, PhD

Thursday, February 24 – 12:00 noon

Howe Conference Room – Briscoe Library – 5th Floor

The word ‘influenza’ can trigger thoughts of something only slightly worse than a cold, a killer of the elderly and infirm, or even the potential cause of global cataclysm.  In his presentation on February 24, Dr. Anstead will recount flu pandemics that have occurred in the 20th and 21st centuries, the advances in flu diagnostics, vaccinology, and treatment, and the continuing challenges that this disease poses for the human race.

Gregory Anstead, MD, PhD, is associate professor in the Division of infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, UTHSCSA and director of the Immuno-suppression and Infectious Diseases Clinics of the South Texas, Veterans Healthcare System.

His interests include clinical trials of new antiretroviral and antifungal drugs, the historical epidemiology of infectious diseases, zoonotic and vector-borne infections, and nutritional effects on immune function.

Please bring your lunch and join us.  Everyone is welcome!  For more information, contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian,

Full Lecture Series

  • Feb 24                   Influenza
  • Mar 24                  Syphilis
  • Apr 28                   Hantavirus
  • May 26                 HIV in America