News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

The One Community/One Book selection for 2010 is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The UT Health Science Center Libraries are pleased to announce that The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is the One Community/One Book selection for 2010.  One Community/One Book 2010 is planned to coincide with the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics’ 2010 Frank Bryant, Jr., M.D. Memorial Lecture.   Rebecca Skloot will be the featured speaker at that event.

The Libraries will host or support a series of discussion opportunities in September and early October, leading up to the Bryant Lecture, which will take place on October 15, 2010.

In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot provides detailed portraits of the people who played a role in, or whose lives were impacted by, the discovery of HeLa cells:  Henrietta Lacks, her physicians, medical research teams,  and her children.  Skloot  explores ethical issues that emerge from the interplay of race and poverty in one of the most important science stories of the 20th century.

This is the third One Community/One Book project on the UT Health Science Center campuses;  previous books were Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder (2008) and Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality (2009), by Pauline W. Chen, M.D.

Copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks are available at the Briscoe, Downtown, Ramirez and Laredo libraries, and at the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at Texas Research Park:  Call number QU 300 S628i 2010.  Also, beginning in May, the UT Health Science Center Bookstore will have copies of the book, which can be purchased at a 25% discount off the list price.

Susan Hunnicutt

Special Projects Librarian

Author Julie K. Brown will speak about international expositions and their impact on American medical practices from 1876-1904

Julie K. Brown

Wednesday, April 7
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries international expositions transmitted a new culture of visibility that merged information, entertainment and commerce, and provided a unique opportunity for the public to become aware not only of social and technological advances, but also of emerging public health concerns. This is the topic of Julie K. Brown’s book Health and Medicine on Display: International Expositions in the United States, 1876-1904.

At noon on Wednesday, April 7, Dr. Julie K. Brown, a research associate at the National Museum of American History / Department of Medicine, Science and Society at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., will examine the Philadelphia, Chicago, Buffalo and St. Louis world’s fairs from a medical historical perspective and describe their impact on applied health and medical practice in America.

Dr. Brown is currently serving as president of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library at the UT Health Science Center. In addition to Health and Medicine on Display, her publications include Making Culture Visible (2001) and Contesting Images: Photography and the World’s Columbian Exposition (1994). She is also a faculty associate at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics.