History of Medicine



History of Medicine Spring Lecture Series

February 8, 2022

Dr. Russel J. Reiter, A History of Melatonin: Of Swimming Ghosts, Space Exploration, and its Ubiquitous Distribution Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 6pm via Zoom Melatonin is a fascinating hormone secreted by a tiny endocrine gland located at the center of the brain. This presentation will cover the origins of discovery and the implications of […]



Historical Medical Instruments on Display at Local Heritage Center

March 24, 2020

Nestled in the heart of downtown is the newly designed Bexar Heritage Center, a project which began its development in early 2017 as part of a idea spearheaded by County Judge Nelson Wolff. The goal of the Center is to preserve the historical roots of Bexar County and highlight the accomplishments of the county government. […]


Full House for Nixon Lecture by Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS

January 17, 2020

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Lecture Series continued in the new year with a full house for speaker Ronald Stewart, MD, FACS on the topic History of EMS and Trauma Systems. Dr. Stewart graduated from medical school and completed his surgical residency at UT Health at San Antonio. Following residency, he […]


Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award

November 22, 2019

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library welcome submissions for the 2020 essay competition in memory of Danny Jones, M.L.S., who served as Head of Special Collections at the UT Health San Antonio Library and who was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The essay […]


Subscribe to the Treasures Blog

October 11, 2019

  nterested in learning more about the history of medicine or health care? Ever wonder what remedies were used long ago to treat ailments? Subscribe to the Treasures of the P.I. Nixon blog and learn the fascinating truths about the history of the health sciences.  Last month’s post, Not Just Another Putti Face, features the […]


Students! Get Ready to Win!

August 16, 2019

Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Award This annual essay contest is open to students of UTSA, UT Health San Antonio and affiliated interns, residents, and fellows. Unpublished essays on any topic related to the history of the health sciences are eligible for submission. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and […]


You’re Invited! Friends of the P.I. Nixon Lecture Series

August 16, 2019

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Lecture Series Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room, 5th Floor 6:00 PM Thursday, 9/12/19 – Ruth Stewart, MS, RN, FAAN, History of UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing Wednesday, 11/13/19 – Tania Roman, MD, MPH, History of Obstetrics Wednesday, 1/15/20 – Ronald Steward, MD, History of Trauma Care Wednesday, 2/12/20 […]


Briscoe Library Exhibit Opening June 24

June 14, 2019

Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons is an exhibition celebrating the contributions of African American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education. It tells the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing the journey of excellence through the education and mentoring younger […]


Danny Jones Essay Winner Presents During Library Fiesta Celebration

April 19, 2019

During Briscoe Library’s Fiesta Celebration on April 11th, Jacob Canfield (pictured here) sparked quite a discussion about his winning essay Anti-Vax: 19th Century Insights into a Modern Healthcare Issue. (Canfield,Jacob_EssayAward_2019) The audience of students, faculty and staff attending the presentation included Rajia Tobia, past Executive Director of the UT Health Libraries who began the essay […]