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Author of The Covered Smile to Speak, April 15

Sonja Lauren is the author of The Covered Smile, a true story of childhood abuse, neglect, forgiveness and triumph. Ms. Lauren will be speaking,  Wednesday, April 15, noon-1:00 p.m., Lecture Hall 3.102B, next to Starbuck’s, lunch will be provided..  During her childhood, Ms. Lauren suffered from dental neglect.  At the age of twelve, dentists wrote “situation-hopeless” on her dental records and proceeded to extract all of her teeth leaving her to begin wearing dentures at the age of thirteen. Ms. Lauren’s objectives are to describe the seriousness of dental neglect from a patient’s point of view, raise professional awareness of the importance of treating all patients equally, understand the effects of dental neglect on self-esteem and share the importance of the dental professional in the office, community, and in society.  The Covered Smile is available for check-out at the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library, call number WA 320 L378c 2003.  Ms. Lauren’s presentation is sponsored by the San Antonio Public Health and Diversity Pre-Doctoral Education Program HRSA D85HP20041.

Body Snatching and Great Operations of the Early 19th Century: October 30

History of Medicine Society
Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 p.m.
Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, will speak about Body Snatching and Great Operations of the Early 19th Century. Her presentation will include a display of books by the Scottish anatomists John Bell and Charles Bell that are held in the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Members of the History of Medicine Society will offer Trick or Treat bags in exchange for donations to the library.

The History of Medicine Society is a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. Everyone is welcome.

Briscoe Library Hours–Battle of Flowers Holiday

Texas commemorates San Jacinto Day on April 21. In San Antonio, this holiday will be celebrated on April 23 with the Battle of Flowers Parade, part of the city’s 10-day Fiesta® celebrations. Friday is a University Holiday, but the Briscoe Library will be open normal hours: 7 am – 10 pm, with extended hours until 12 midnight for HSC ID holders. Research assistance will not be available. Library users can study, use the computers, and check out library materials. If you have questions, please call 210-567-2440.

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Clara Barton and The Red Cross: A History of this Remarkable International Movement in the Interest of Humanity

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Portrait of Clara Barton

Clarissa Harlow Barton was born in Oxford, Massachusetts, on the 25th of December in 1821. She was the youngest of six children, and she took a keen interest in education early in her life. When she was a toddler, she was sent to school with one of her older brothers, where she developed a love for reading. When she was ten, her brother fell off the roof of their barn and had to undergo surgery. Clara was dedicated to nursing him back to good health. This event sparked her passion and love for healing others, which would eventually lead to the wonderful legacy she left behind.

Clara decided to become a teacher at the age of fifteen and worked as an educator for several years; eventually, she opened a public school in Bordentown, New Jersey, in 1853. A year after opening the school, Clara moved to Washington, D.C. and worked at the Patent Office. Many people believe that she was perhaps the first woman in the United States to hold a government job. In the early 1860s when the Civil War broke out, Barton was one of the first volunteers at the local infirmary caring for the wounded soldiers. She went on to serve the injured soldiers on the field. She collected supplies and distributed them to the Union Army. She cared for the soldiers during combat in Fredericksburg, Virginia, as well as Antietam. Many soldiers addressed her as the “Angel of the Battlefield.”

In 1869 after the Civil War had ended, Clara visited Geneva, Switzerland, and was introduced to the Red Cross organization. While on her trip, she was asked to be the representative for the American Branch. Upon returning to the United States, she began to lobby to gain some recognition for the Red Cross. In 1881, the American Red Cross Society was founded with Barton serving as President until 1904. After leaving the Red Cross, Clara remained devoted to her philanthropic passion and delivered speeches and lectures concerning public health and health interventions. She also wrote many literary pieces that focused on public health, her experiences as a nurse, and the importance of health on a global spectrum. Barton died in Glen Echo, Maryland, on April 12, 1912.

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns a copy of The Red Cross: A History of this Remarkable International Movement in the Interest of Humanity, written by Clara Barton and published in the year 1898. The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will display a Civil War exhibit on major medical figures of the Civil War from Sept. 15 – Nov. 30. Be sure to come visit our Civil War exhibit and learn more about Clara Barton and her tremendous efforts in starting the American Red Cross Society.

 

 

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Image of our copy of Clara Barton’s The Red Cross: A History of this Remarkable Movement in the interest of Humanity

 

Clara Barton was honored with a United States commemorative stamp, issued in 1948

Clara Barton was honored with a United States commemorative stamp, issued in 1948

 

Sources:

Founder Clara Barton. American Red Cross website http://www.redcross.org/about-us/history/clara-barton. Viewed 9/12/2014.

Clara Barton: Relief Organizer/Humanitarian December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912. Civil War Trust website http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/biographies/clara-barton.html. Viewed 9/12/2014.

Clara Barton. Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clara_Barton. Viewed 9/12/2014.

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Clara Barton, dated 1904. From the Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division. No known restrictions on publication.

Postage stamp: U.S. Post Office; Smithsonian National Postal Museum. In the public domain.

For more information on the Nixon Library or to set up an appointment, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

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Community Health Education for Community Health Workers

NWVista_CHWRevised2_9-20-14During the 1990s the skin staph infection community-acquired (CA) Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) first emerged as an important cause of infection in communities. On September 20th, the UT Health Science Center Libraries provided a presentation for area Community Health Workers (CHWs) about recent South Texas research on CA-MRSA. The CHWs were attending a continuing education day sponsored by the NW Vista College Community Health Worker program.

The Community Health Worker program at Northwest Vista College prepares students to work in public health, private health care delivery systems, community-based social service agencies, and health care insurance organizations. Community Health Workers provide services to increase wellness and improve access to health services through outreach activities to target populations.

In Texas, Community Health Worker programs are certified by the Texas State Department of Health as an authorized and certified training site for Community Health Workers. Senate Bill 1051 (77th Texas Legislative Sessions) calls for the Texas Department of State Health Services to establish and operate a training and certification program for persons who act as promotores or community health workers, instructors and sponsoring institutions/training programs.

The Library presentation focused on a community health education project that resulted from research on the rate of CA-MRSA in skin and soft tissue infections done in 10 clinics in 4 counties in South Texas by the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and the UT Health Science Center Pharmacotherapy Education & Research Center. The initiative brought together the Libraries, researchers, the South Central Area Health Education Center, UHS CareLink Clinic, and other community partners to improve awareness about CA-MRSA.