History of Medicine

History of Medicine Banner featuring historical anatomical models

Collection Overview

The Health Science Center Libraries have begun to digitize selected works of unique historical importance from the P.I. Nixon Historical Library. The Digital Archive’s History of Medicine Collection consists of rare books, photographs, and a variety of manuscripts. These works have been digitized to preserve, promote, and share historically significant resources for scholarly research.


Books from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Select books from the P.I. Nixon Historical Library have been digitized and added to the library’s Digital Archives. Many of these rare books are historically significant and unique in nature.

Hurricane Beulah

A collection of photographs documenting the aftermath of Hurricane Beulah, which made landfall near the mouth of the Rio Grande River as a Category 3 hurricane on September 20, 1967. Hurricane Beulah caused extensive damage across South Texas, and left 10,000 refugees stranded for several weeks. Dr. Mario E. Ramirez was the only physician in the area, and was instrumental in the initial recovery process. The Hurricane Beulah project documents the people, and places that were damaged.

Louis Lapicque Papers

A collection of professional papers, research notebooks, and personal manuscripts of renowned, early 20th-century French physiologist Louis Lapicque. Louis Lapicque was a pioneer in the field of neural excitability. One of his main contributions was to propose the integrate-and-fire model of the neuron in an article published in 1907. This model is still one of the most popular models in computational and mathematical neuroscience. The Lapicque concepts of excitability and nerve transmission form a part of the basic framework of modern neurophysiology.

Banner Image: “Anatomy Studies”Anatomia chirurgica, cile istoria anatomica dell’ossa, emuscoli del corpo umano, Bernardino Genga, 1687.