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Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Newsletter 2009

Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Newsletter 2009

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Published by UTHSC Libraries
Published yearly in conjunction with the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Collection housed at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Briscoe Library.

Covers special events over the year, including One Community/One Book, Aqua People, and Hospice and Palliative Care; as well as those upcoming such as, Anomalies of the Circus, and the NLM Harry Potter exhibit.
Published yearly in conjunction with the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Collection housed at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Briscoe Library.

Covers special events over the year, including One Community/One Book, Aqua People, and Hospice and Palliative Care; as well as those upcoming such as, Anomalies of the Circus, and the NLM Harry Potter exhibit.

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Observing human oddities has been a popular pastime sincethey were first exhibited at fairs during medieval times. Theliving skeleton, the giant, the dwarf, the bearded lady havealways drawn crowds who wanted to look, wonder and touch.Some of the most fascinating examples of these anomalieshave appeared in circus side shows. The etiologies andeventual fate of some of the more unusual human beings willbe discussed at the 39th Annual Dinner-Presentation onNovember 3rd by guest
 
speaker,
Dr. Joyce G. Schwartz
, aboard certified anatomic and clinical pathologist with theSouth Texas Pathology Associates group which serves theMethodist Hospital System.Dr. Schwartz received her Bachelor of Science and M.A. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and her medical degree from the University of Texas Health ScienceCenter at San Antonio. She was a tenured professor at the Health Science Center before joining Quest Diagnostic Laboratories at its headquarters in New Jersey, where sheserved as the Vice President, Chief Laboratory Officer and Vice President for Scienceand Innovation.She is a recipient of the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation “Piper Professor Award” forexcellence in teaching and the Medical School “Alumnus of the Year Award,” presentedby the UT Health Science Center School of Medicine. Dr. Schwartz has published overeighty articles in peer-reviewed medical and scientific publications and has had a long-standing interest in the history of medicine.We invite the Friends, their guests, and allthose interested in this fascinating topic toan enjoyable evening of good food andconversation. This year the dinner will beheld just off campus at the Oak HillsCountry Club, on Fredericksburg Road.Please send the enclosed invitation andmembership renewal form by October 29to reserve your place. We look forward tohearing from you!
MEDICAL HISTORICAL LIBRARYFRIENDS
OF
 
THE
P.I. NIXON
NEWSLETTER
The P.I. Nixon MedicalHistorical LibraryThe University of Texas HealthScience Center at San Antonio7703 Floyd Curl DriveSan Antonio, Texas 78229-3900Telephone: 210-567-2400Fax: 210-567-2490http://www.library.uthscsa.edu
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The Friends of the P.I. NixonMedical Historical Library wasorganized to foster the growth,development and use of acollection of books, manuscripts,and other materials relating tothe history of the health sciences.The collection was broughttogether primarily through theefforts of Dr. P.I. Nixon, aphysician and historian in SanAntonio. The Library bears hisname to honor his efforts.
Board of Directors, 2008-2009 
President:Philip T. Valente, M.D.Vice-President/President-Elect:Julie K. Brown, Ph.D.Past-President 2007-2008:Kirsten Gardner, Ph.D.Secretary/Treasurer:Rajia Tobia, A.M.L.S.Members-at-Large:P.I. Nixon, IIIDavid P. Cappelli, Ph.D.Constance Lowe, M.F.A.Charles W. Sargent, Ph.D.Library Staff:Pennie Borchers, M.L.S.Special Collections Librarian
Collections, Programs, ExhibitsThe Friends Annual Newsletter 
Susan Hunnicutt, M.L.I.S.Special Projects Librarian
No. 25 Annual Newsletter Fall 2009
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TH
ANNUAL MEETING
Dinner and PresentationTuesday, November 3, 2009
Cash bar: 6:30 p.m. Dinner: 7:00 p.m.Appetizer, entrée, dessert, coffee or tea
Oak Hills Country Club
5403 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio 78229Cost: $40/person($30 for students includes Friends membership)Advance registration required
Please RSVP by October 29th
(Reservation form is enclosed)
 Fascinating Anomalies of the Circus Side Show
 
 
Exhibits and Lectures
Texas is home to people from around the world. With the influx of migrations,many different folk traditions have taken root in Texas.
 Health Across Cultures in Texas,
an exhibit researched and mounted by LindaHo Peché and Suzy Seriff of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, wason view in the lecture hall foyer from mid-January through the end of February.The display featured early migrations to Texas, the newcomers’ impressions of their adopted home, and the folk healing practices they brought with them.Personal stories were gathered from oral histories conducted in Austin and SanAntonio by staff members of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum andby students from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, under thedirection of Dr. Adelita Cantu of the School of Nursing.Suzy Seriff, curator of the exhibit “ForgottenGateway: Coming to America through GalvestonIsland,” was guest speaker at a Friends brownbagon January 16. Her presentation was part of thecommunity outreach program for the exhibit,
 Health Across Cultures in Texas
.
 “Forgotten Gateway” was made possible in partthrough the generous support of the NationalEndowment for the Humanities and the WachoviaFoundation.YINYANG -
THE UNITY OF DUALITY
The Embedding of Yin and Yang:A Nursing Student’s PerspectiveAt this January brownbag, Taiwanese nursing student Teck Tan gave the audience his perspective on the unity of duality,describing ways in which proper nutrition (the Yin/Yangculture of eating) can prevent ailments, help us regulate our“inner environment,” and achieve homeostasis.
No. 25 Annual Newsletter Fall 2009
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Exhibits and Lectures
 Anomalies of the Circus
 
October 21, 2009 – January 21, 2010
Individuals with unusual physical characteristics have always fascinated lay public andmedical profession alike. In certain societies, the anomalous body was celebrated in allits manifold forms; in others, human abnormality was shunned for not conforming topreconceived notions of 
 
propriety.“Anomalies of the Circus,” an exhibit prepared by Special Collections Librarian PennieBorchers, is based on an original display by Dr. Joyce Schwartz, guest speaker at the2009 Dinner-Presentation. Its focus is on the world of the sideshow, where ‘humancuriosities’ were exhibited for profit. Photographs and memorabilia capture theatmosphere of the ‘Big Top.’ This display is mounted in conjunction with theNovember 3rd Dinner-Presentation.
SAWS Exhibit – “Aqua People
“Aqua People,” a San Antonio Water System artinstallation representing various aspects of waterconservation, was exhibited in the Briscoe Library inFebruary. We were reminded that there are over 9000 milesof water pipes underneath San Antonio, which - if laid endto end - would reach from the Alamo City to Australia!To further expand our awareness of the importance of cleanwater to good health, SAWS designed ten larger-than-life,free-standing, translucent figures, which were placed atstrategic points in the library. Inscriptions in Spanish andEnglish at the base of each ‘Aqua Person’ - flamencodancer, golfer, gardener, and others - underlined ways inwhich our precious natural resource is best conserved.
No. 25 Annual Newsletter Fall 2009
Jakob Rueff De conceptu et generationehominis, 1587
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