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School of Medicine Class Group Pictures
The first class picture for the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio was taken in 1970 of the first graduating class. The class pictures hung for many years in the hallway of the Medical School near the Medical Dean’s office. They were donated by the Dean’s office to the University Archives in 2014 and have been digitized for inclusion in the Digital Archive.
Pictures for graduating classes for the years 1979-1981, 1984, 1987, 1999-2002, and 2012-2014 are currently missing from the Digital Archive; if you have a copy of any of these years, or a better copy of those we do have, and would like to lend it to the library for digitization, please contact the Digital Archive Team at DigitalArchive@uthscsa.edu.
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SciENcv webinar on July 30
Staff from the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) will present a webinar on SciENcv on July 30, 2015 at 12 noon – 1 pm. The webinar will show you how to use SciENcv to maintain your scientific record and generate a new NIH BioSketch.
SciENcv is an electronic system used by researchers applying for federally funded grants to maintain their record of research accomplishment in the form of a CV. SciENcv gathers and compiles information on expertise, employment, education and professional accomplishments. Researchers can use SciENcv to create and maintain biosketches that are submitted with grant applications and annual reports.
Sign up for this webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7147698960003179522.
Strategic Planning Workshop
Strategic Planning to Support CTSA Institutions
Attendance at this workshop is limited to librarians and other personnel from institutions with a current Clinical and Translation Science Award or with a CTSA application pending or in the planning stages. Space is limited so please register early to assure a space in this workshop.
The purpose of the session will be to participate in brainstorming about how librarians currently are or can become actively involved with CTSA key functions, CTSA administration, grant applications, research output and impact tracking, community engagement, and other CTSA initiatives. A report based on the strategic planning session will be prepared and distributed to the librarians who attend the planning workshop; library directors at CTSA funded institutions in the NN/LM SCR region and to CTSA administrators. The anticipated outcome of the strategic planning process will be a roadmap for librarian contributions and engagement with the work of the CTSAs.
Friday, February 22, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
(Continental Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.)
Howe Conference Room
5th Floor, Briscoe Library
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio, TX
Contact: Peg Seger firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosted by UT Health Science Center Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library & South Central AHEC
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About the Facilitator
Mary Flanagan of Management Solutions Group, LLC, is uniquely qualified through her work with the UT Health Science Center’s Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) to develop a strategic plan for implementing its CTSA grant. Mary will facilitate the discussion and resulting report detailing what librarians are already doing related to CTSA grants and how they can move forward in addressing researcher and community engagement needs.
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276—2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.
The DSM-5 is here!
The fifth edition of the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is now available through the Briscoe Library, in print and online. The print edition is located in the library’s Reserve collection and online access is available through the Psychiatry Online database.
Both versions can also be found in the library catalog.
The DSM-5 is the most definitive resource for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders. This edition includes a revised organizational structure that strives to meet the needs of various health professionals.
For an in-depth look at the revisions made in the DSM-5, check out The Intelligent Clinician’s Guide to the DSM-5, by Joel Paris. In this book, Paris provides an evidence-based critique of DSM-5 and offers suggestions for how to get the most out of this resource.
Andrea N. Schorr
Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian
The Natural History of Human Teeth -John Hunter
Would you believe it if someone told you that there once lived a man that was involved in the dissection of over 2,000 bodies; established circulation of the placenta; traced the nerves of smell; explained causes of congenital hernias; demonstrated circulation of the lymphatic system; wrote numerous papers on treating gunshot wounds, descent of the testis, and physical digestion; described the role of inflammation in the healing process; set up the foundations for bypass surgeries; and revolutionized dentistry? As hard as it is to believe, a man like this did exist, and his name was John Hunter, a distinguished scientist and a surgeon of his day.
John Hunter was born to his father John Hunter, in Scotland on February 13, 1728 (he observed his birthday on the 14th and died on October 16, 1793), the last of 10 children. Of his childhood John Hunter is quoted as stating, “I watched the ants, bees, birds, tadpoles and caddisworms; I pestered people with questions about what nobody knew or cared anything about.” This quote shows the curiosity that led him to become such a prolific contributor to scientific knowledge in the different branches of medicine.”
John Hunter had a famous brother, William Hunter FRS (May 23, 1718 – March 30, 1783), who was a Scottish anatomist and physician. He was also considered a leading teacher of anatomy and the outstanding obstetrician of his day. William Hunter played a big role in the development and eventualsuccesses of his younger brother John by putting him in charge of the dissecting room of his anatomy school after John moved to London in 1748. John worked at his brother’s anatomy school for 11 years. During this time he learned from leading surgeons of that time, such as William Cheselden and Percivall Pott, while being involved in vital research and spending most of his time studying anatomy, including comparative anatomy.
In 1760 John enlisted in the army as a surgeon after sibling tension and professional rivalry made it hard to work with his brother William. He returned to England in 1763 and set up a surgical practice and worked as a dentist, popularizing tooth transplants by taking healthy teeth from poor people and transplanting them into the mouths of rich paying patients. During this time, John Hunter realized that what was needed in the practice of surgery, and what he needed to pursue, was a total understanding of life, an understanding of both normal physiology and of the processes of disease, both in humans and in the entire animal kingdom.
Most Notable Works
This led him to delve into some of his most notable works including:
- Observing in his notes, his own injury of ruptured Achilles tendon.
- Undertaking experiments in dogs to learn about healing and repair by cutting their tendons and observing the healing process. This led him to conclude that scaring was part of the healing process.
- Inoculating himself with gonorrhea pus and ending up contracting both gonorrhea and syphilis. During this time he made close observations of these diseases, learning that inflammation was necessary for the cure of a patient but that this process also did harm and thus contributed to the symptoms of the disease.
- Demonstrating collateral circulation through an experiment in which he tied one of the carotids arteries in a stag, which caused the antler on that side to become cold and to stop growing. However, within a few weeks the warmth had returned and the antler started growing. The animal was later dissected and the collateral vessels were found. The observations for this experiment were later used to create an operation to bypass vascular aneurysms.
- Performing the first artificial insemination by inseminating via a warm syringe the wife of a man suffering from hypospadias.
John Hunter left a legacy of challenging his pupils to try and test medical procedures, introducing into practice only those that were proven. He also encouraged them to continually seek improvements in their methods.
The Natural History of Human Teeth
Another legacy he left was his book The Natural History of the Human Teeth, published in 1778. In the book John Hunter details how teeth develop from birth, addresses structure and composition of teeth, proposes a form of transplantation and a device for treating malocclusions, and becomes the first to scientifically introduce classifications such as cupsids, bicupsids, molars and incisors. The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns a copy of this book.
For more information on the Nixon Library and John Hunter’s book, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at email@example.com or 210-567-2406.
1. Lakhani, S. “Early clinical pathologists 4: John Hunter (1728-1793).” Journal of Clinical Pathology. 44.8 (1991): 621-623. Web. 27 Feb. 2015. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC496749/>.
2. “William Hunter (anatomist).” Wikipedia. N.p., n. d. Web. 27 Feb. 2015. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Hunter_(anatomist)
3. “John Hunter 1728-1793.” Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England. 60.1 (1978): 4-5. Web. 27 Feb. 2015. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2491564/>.
4. Moore, Wendy. “Moore W (2009). John Hunter (1728-93).” JLL Bulletin: Commentaries on the history of treatment evaluation. The James Lind Library, n. d. Web. 27 Feb. 2015. <http://www.jameslindlibrary.org/illustrating/articles/john-hunter-1728-93>.
5. “Hunter, John (1728-1793).” UAB Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, n. d. Web. 27 Feb. 2015. <http://www.uab.edu/reynolds/histfigs/hunter
Jackson, John. John Hunter. 1813. Photograph. WikipediaWeb. 27 Feb 2015. <http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a3/John_Hunter_by_John_Jackson.jpg>. In public domain.
–Manasseh Ngigi, Nursing school student
Through the Eye Piece of the Microscope … San Antonio Nature Observations
Dr. Rudolph Menger was an early San Antonio doctor who loved nature and is best remembered for his nature observations and pictures. He was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 21, 1851, to Johann and Augusta Menger. His parents, native Germans, arrived in Texas in 1846. Menger attended the German-English school, a school established in 1858 by German immigrants, which endeavored to educate the children of recent immigrants. After graduation, he studied medicine in Germany at the University of Leipsic, in Saxony, graduating in November, 1874.
After graduating from medical school, Menger returned to San Antonio and served as Assistant Surgeon in the United States Army for one year then was appointed City Physician of San Antonio from 1875 until 1881, and was appointed once more in 1892. He was an active member of the West Texas Medical Society, wrote numerous articles for various medical journals, and worked in private practice.
He married Barbara C. Menger in 1879, a native of San Antonio and daughter of William L. Menger, owner of the Menger Hotel but unrelated to Ruldolph. They had eight children: Minnie, Edward, August, Louis, Gustave, Rudolph, Theodore, and Margaret.
Dr. Menger’s book Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses, published in 1913, includes many of his photo-micrographs and observations. It is available in the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, and the university’s copy may be viewed online in full text through the University of North Texas’ Portal to Texas History at http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143558/m1/1/?q=menger .
The P. I. Nixon Library owns the original scrapbook with Menger’s microphotographs. It has been digitized for preservation, and the library hopes to make it viewable soon through the UTHSC Digital Archive.
A Guide to the German-English School (San Anonio, TX) Records, 1858-1893. Texas Archival Resources Online. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/drtsa/00017/00017-P.html
Guide to the Rudolph Menger Papers. Texas Archival Resources Online. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/uthscsa/00010/hscsa-00010.html
“Menger Hotel,” The Handbook of Texas. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/dgm02
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read my post. If you have a story of the early days of the Health Science Center or medicine in San Antonio to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 210-567-2470.
Mellisa DeThorne, keeper of precious things
Today: Wonderdrugs vs. Superbugs: Dr. Jose Cadena will speak at noon
Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Noon Lecture
Thursday, September 19
Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th Floor
At this event Jose A. Cadena Zuluaga, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Medical Director, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology for the South Texas Veterans’ Health Care System, will talk about the struggle to preserve the utility of our antibiotic arsenal.
Dr. Cadena’s lecture is the first in a three part series organized by Gregory M. Anstead, M.D., Ph.D., who is currently serving as President of the Friends group.
The noon lecture series organized by the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library provides opportunities for informal learning and conversation in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.
Everyone is invited. Please feel free to bring your lunch.
Mark your calendar for lectures in October and November:
- Anthony Hartzler, M.D. (October 10), Fighting fire with fire: our microbiome and the use of probiotics in the prevention and treatment of disease
- Kirsten Gardner, Ph.D., (November 14), diabetes, presentation title to be announced