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NIXON MEDICAL HISTORICAL LIBRARY
The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library No. 26 Annual Newsletter Fall 2010 The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 7703 Floyd Curl Drive Magic and Monsters in the Stacks: San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900 How Harry Potter Came to the National Library of Medicine Telephone: 210-567-2400 Fax: 210-567-2490 On 21 July, 2007 author J.K. Rowling and her publishers worldwide released the last of http://www.library.uthscsa.edu
her record-breaking novels featuring the young wizard Harry Potter. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 15 million copies in the first twenty-four hours following its release. However, three days earlier, a group of middle-school visitors to the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine were shown an early 17th century The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library was treatise with an intriguing connection to Rowling and her tales. The visitors were fascinated, and they wanted more, so the NLM staff began to search its collection for organized to foster the growth, development and use of a other Potter-related material. This labor eventually produced an exhibit and lecture collection of books, manuscripts, series at NLM, two Web exhibits, the traveling exhibit coming October 11th to the and other materials relating to Briscoe Library, and a new appreciation of how carefully the history of the health sciences. Rowling researched Harry Potter’s world. This is the The collection was brought story of how it happened, by someone who was there together primarily through the Dr. Stephen J. Greenberg. efforts of Dr. P.I. Nixon, a
physician and historian in San Antonio. The library bears his name to honor his efforts.
Board of Directors, 2009-2010 President: Julie K. Brown, Ph.D. Vice-President/President-Elect: Robert V. Blystone, Ph.D. Past-President 2008-2009: Philip T. Valente, M.D. Secretary/Treasurer: Rajia Tobia, A.M.L.S. Members-at-Large: David 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, Exhibits The Friends Annual Newsletter
Dr. Greenberg received his doctorate in Early Modern History from Fordham University and earned his library degree from Columbia University, specializing in Rare Books. Since 1992, he has worked in the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine, where he is currently Coordinator of Public Services. His papers and publications span a number of fields, including the history of printing and publishing, medicine and surgery in early modern Europe, and the history of medical librarianship. In 1996, Dr. Greenberg was awarded the Medical Library Association’s Murray Gottlieb Prize. In addition to 40TH ANNUAL MEETING his responsibilities at NLM, Dr. Greenberg Dinner and Presentation is an adjunct professor at the College of “Magic & Monsters in the Stacks: Library and Information Studies at the How Harry Potter Came to NLM” University of Maryland, where he lectures on the History of the Book. Monday, November 1, 2010
Cash bar: 6:30 p.m. Dinner: 7:00 p.m. Appetizer, entrée, dessert, coffee or tea
We invite the Friends, their guests, and all those interested in the history of medicine to a terrific presentation and an enjoyable evening of good food and conversation. Cost: $40/person Please send the enclosed invitation and ($30 for students includes Friends membership) membership renewal form by October 27 to reserve your place. We look forward to Advance registration required hearing from you! Please RSVP by October 27th
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HARRY POTTER EVENTS
Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, the traveling exhibit produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, and coordinated by the American Library Association, uses materials from the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine to explore Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance traditions. The Briscoe Library was one of only a dozen libraries across the country originally selected to host the traveling exhibit, which will be on view on the 3rd floor of the library
October 11—November 6, 2010.
A companion Harry Potter exhibit, created by Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, will be on display in the lecture hall foyer exhibit cases from mid-September to mid-November, 2010.
Opening Reception and Presentation
Monday, October 11, 2010 – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
C. Mackenzie Brown, Ph.D.
Jennie Farris Railey King Professor in Religion Department of Religion, Trinity University "Renaissance Science and the Quest for Immortality: Lessons from Albus Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel, and Isaac Newton"
What do Sir Isaac Newton, Albus Dumbledore, and Professor Severus Snape have in common? What is the difference between the Philosopher's Stone, a Horcrux, and a Crucifix? What does J.K. Rowling share with the gospel writer Matthew? Dr. C. Mackenzie Brown will answer these questions in exploring the relation of religion and natural philosophy in the Renaissance and Enlightenment, and their role in the development of modern science.
Friends Lunchtime Presentation
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 – 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cellular & Structural Biology UT Health Science Center
“Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance”
Would you like to have a recipe for a “good vomit” or learn how to make an effective theriac? Do you know why Professor Sprout wore earmuffs or how to diagnose melancholy from a urine sample? You will find the answers to these questions in the talk by Dr. Charleen Moore on the medicinal practices of the Renaissance. She will also discuss the humeral basis of disease and describe two of the oldest medicinal botanical gardens in the world at Padua and Oxford.
HARRY POTTER EVENTS
Saturday Event for Children Young and Old Saturday, October 23, 2010 – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. “A Little Muggle Magic: The Wisdom of Harry Potter for Families"
Having read the entire Potter series eight times over and gathered insights from a large brood of grandsons, Dr. Thompson is eminently qualified to shed light on the quirkiest features of Harry Potter’s world. Faculty and staff of the UT Health Science Center are encouraged to bring their children to this event.
Patricia Thompson, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in History University of Texas at San Antonio
For Students Attending Science Expo
Saturday, November 6, 2010 – 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
“Living Dangerously: Doctors Adrift in the Dark Ages”
In the Middle Ages, there were a few good doctors and lots of bad ones, operating in a context of ignorance. The practice of medicine was very dangerous for patients---and even for doctors--who met various unpleasant ends when their medicine failed, as it often did.
Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D.
Distinguished Teaching Professor Department of Biochemistry, UTHSC
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PAST YEAR Julie K. Brown Presentation International expositions in the 19th and early 20thcenturies made innovations and technological advances in medicine and commerce suddenly visible to a vast number of people and, with it, came new awareness of a growing number of health concerns. In April, Julie K. Brown, PhD, Friends President, gave a library presentation from her new book Health and Medicine on Display: International Expositions in the United States, 1876-1904. Dr. Brown is a faculty associate at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and research associate at the National Museum of American History / Department of Medicine, Science and Society at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Black History Exhibit An exhibit early in the year during Black History Month honored the contributions of African-American healthcare professionals. The lecture hall foyer display, originally researched and mounted by Pat Brown, Special Collections Library Assistant, featured black notables influential in the history of the health sciences. Members of the Student National Medical Association contributed to the new, updated exhibit. The Whimsical Art of José S. Perez: Specialty by Specialty The exhibit collection of Perez’s colorful illustrations satirizing the various medical specialties featured comic archetypes of doctors set in incongruous poses. The pathologist, for example, was depicted as the physician accustomed to having “the last word,” who must now contend with Death, represented by a snake-straddling skeleton. Houston-born Perez was working as a busboy when Ruth Van Dyke, the director of the Chicago Academy, saw sketches he had made on the backs of discarded menus. Recognizing his talent, she invited him to study art at the Academy. Perez paintings are now represented in collections throughout the United States and Europe. Photos of Haiti A photographic exhibit, using the Library’s new 3rd floor gallery system, documented healthcare efforts in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Dr. Ruth Berggren, Director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, and her husband, Dr. Tyler Curiel, Professor of Medicine, travelled to the devastated area as members of a non-profit volunteer relief organization providing medical services. The stirring photos, taken by Berggren, Curiel, and Caesar Ricci, III, 4th year medical student, were on view last spring.
This fall a special photo exhibition, Students and Global Health, will be featured in celebration of International Education Week.
Stephanie McClain and Amanda Evrard from the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, installing Haiti photos in the library.
BIHL HAUS ARTS
A wonderful display of art work was on view June – August in the library and lecture hall commons. Golden Memories, a magnificent 15-foot mural created by the artists of the Bihl Haus Goldens Opportunity Program, was the centerpiece of the show. The ‘Goldens ‘(senior residents of The Primrose at Monticello Park on Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio) painted vivid images from their memory bank of special recollections.
Felicitas V. Luna, Leona Pappas, Adriana Garcia, Ruth Navarro, and Adela Solis
Bihl Haus Arts, under the expert direction of Dr. Kellen Kee McIntyre, offers professionally-taught art classes to senior residents at Primrose. Bihl Haus Arts, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is the only professional non-profit contemporary art gallery on the premises of an affordable senior housing community in the United States. It was the subject of an 18-month research project, Arts and Aging in an Urban Environment, by Adelita Cantu of the UT Health Science Center School of Nursing and Dr. Jill Fleuriet, Professor of Anthropology at UTSA. In June a reception in honor of the ‘Goldens’ was held in the Library.
COMING UP . . . ONE COMMUNITY / ONE BOOK 2010
On October 15, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will be guest speaker at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics’ Frank Bryant, Jr., M.D. Memorial Lecture. In the weeks leading up to the Bryant lecture, the library and ACET (the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching) are co-sponsoring the third annual community read on the UT Health Science Center campus. There will be two library screenings - in September and October - of the BBC documentary Cancer Cell Research: The Way of all Flesh, which is mentioned in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. For information on Skloot’s presentation, book discussion groups or the film, visit the project Web site: http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/events/onebook.cfm
FROM INCOMING PRESIDENT ROBERT V. BLYSTONE, PhD It will be my honor and duty to serve as the President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, beginning in November of this year. I have worked alongside Tom Nixon, the son of P.I. Nixon, Jr., for many years at Trinity. Nixon memorabilia is housed in the Rare Books section of Trinity University’s Coates Library. Some of my lectures at Trinity were greatly influenced by access to the histology collection found in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. It has been my impression that the Nixon Library is a treasure that needs to be spaded by the larger educational community in the San Antonio area. Several educational touch-points should be identified from the various college campuses in the area. The Special Collections could prosper by bringing a select group of college instructors to the library so that they can realize how these wonderful materials can support their teaching and learning efforts. A second opportunity to pursue is to inform the older members of the medical community that historical medical books they may own might find their way to the Nixon collection. I would appreciate your help in forwarding these objectives. Please contact me should you have suggestions as to how we might build on the strengths of the collection and use of the facility. I hope that during my tenure as President, The Friends can add to the legacy begun by P.I. Nixon, Sr. Thank you – Robert V. Blystone, Ph.D. - email@example.com, (210) 999-7243
Guidelines for Gifts
The Briscoe Library and the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library appreciate gifts of books that enhance the collections. Items donated to the Library are accepted with the understanding that, upon receipt, these materials become library property. Cataloging treatment and the right to determine retention, use, or disposition of the rare books will be at the library’s discretion. The donor will receive an acknowledgement letter specifying number and type of items, but IRS regulations prohibit library staff from assigning a value to gifts. You may also wish to make a monetary gift to the library for the purchase of a book as a memorial or in honor of someone. The book will bear a label identifying it as a gift in memory of the deceased. Although library staff will make the final book selection, donors may specify the choice of subject related to the health sciences. A fitting tribute to a health care professional is a book in his or her specialty. Arrangements for donations are made through the library at (210) 567-2469. J. Bradley Aust, MD, past president and beloved member of the Friends, passed away this year at the age of eighty-four. Dr. Aust was born September 8, 1926 in Buffalo, New York. After serving in the Navy, he attended Union College and the University of Buffalo Medical School, where he received his MD. Dr. Aust completed his internship and residency in Minneapolis, earned his MS in physiology and PhD in surgery, and became Professor of Surgery at the University there. In 1965 he was recruited to San Antonio to become the first chairman of the Department of Surgery at the new University of Texas Medical School. After thirty years, by the time of his retirement, he had trained hundreds of surgeons. Dr. Aust held numerous honorary positions – as president of the Texas Surgical Association, the Western Surgical Association, and the Southern Surgical Society – to name but a few. He had many hobbies and skills: hunting, skiing, cycling, music, photography, and more. He is survived by his dear wife Connie, their six children, twelve grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Dr. Aust will be greatly missed!
VICTOR OLIVEROS—AN ORAL HISTORY
In November 2009 Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, conducted an oral history interview in Laredo, Texas, with Mr. Victor Oliveros. Mr. Oliveros was Chief of Environmental Health Services with the City of Laredo Health Department and is now a presenter with the South Texas Environmental Education and Research Program. He was a founder of the U.S.-Mexico Health Commission and member of the EPA Citizens Advisory Committee. In a career spanning 45 years in public health, Mr. Oliveros’ vital role in mosquito vector control, food hygiene training programs and efforts to avert serious environmental pollution on the U.S.-Mexico border have earned him an important place in South Texas history. To hear his interesting stories, please access our Library Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/UTHSC003
DR. PHILO ON LEONARDO, VESALIUS AND NETTER, CAPTURED IN A NEW VIDEOTAPE FOR THE LIBRARY’S DIGITAL ARCHIVE
Dr. Ron Philo, President of the Anatomical Board of the State of Texas and Director of the Willed Body Program, was Senior Lecturer in the UT Health Science Center Department of Cellular & Structural Biology in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences until his retirement in August, 2010. Over the course of the years Dr. Philo taught anatomy to bioscience students through the art of dissection, the very activity that Leonardo employed to discover the inner structure of man. Dr. Philo’s latest book on Leonardo debuted this year in conjunction with the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man” at the Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, where the entire suite of Manuscript A - the artist’s finest anatomical drawings - were on view for the first time in history. This remarkable catalog of the Royal Collection, co-authored by Martin Clayton, deputy curator of the Print Room at Windsor Castle, England, is the second collaboration for Dr. Philo, who annotated the 1992 volume, “Leonardo da Vinci: The Anatomy of Man,” for the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.
TEXAS HISTORY DIGITIZED
The library has received a “Rescuing Texas History” mini-project grant for the digitization of thirteen historical books from the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The books will be digitized by the University of North Texas Libraries Digital Project Unit and included in The Portal to Texas History, an Internet gateway to Texas history, created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries. The Portal features unique materials from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private collections. Among the books sent to the Portal from the Nixon Library are Queer Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases, published in 1895 by C. E. Fisher, and An Account of the Early History of Surgery in Texas, the Presidential address presented by A. Singleton to the Texas Surgical Society in October 1932.
Membership Roster for 2009 – 2010
Honorary Members Drs. Charles & Virginia Bowden Mrs. A. G. Grum Mrs. Robert S. Sparkman Life Members Mrs. Maxine E. Bernreuter Dr. Louise A. Box-Hutchinson Dr. & Mrs. John E. Carter Dr. & Mrs. Alfonso Chiscano Mrs. Helen Groves Mrs. Reagan Houston Dr. John P. Howe, III Dr. Milton S. Jacobs Dr. & Mrs. Robert B. Krause Mrs. Brooks B. McGimsey Dr. David D. Madorsky Mrs. Catherine Meaney Dr. Janice A. Mendelson Dr. & Mrs. P. I. Nixon, Jr. Dr. Joel E. Pessa Dr. James E. Pridgen Dr. & Mrs. John D. Rugh Mrs. Vernie A. Stembridge Mrs. Albert Steves, III Mr. & Mrs. Marshall Steves Dr. Edwin M. Sykes, Jr. Mrs. Zula Vizard Dr. Janet F. Williams Dr. & Mrs. Harry Wilmer Mr. & Mrs. A. Jerome York Patron Members Dr. C. Mackenzie Brown Drs. Julie K. & John P. Brown Dr. & Mrs. Robert V. Blystone Dr. & Mrs. David P. Cappelli Mr. Jerry Crockett LTC Daryl Cunningham Dr. Sue C. Cunningham Miriam & Leslie Ellison Carl & Barbara Nixon Ernst Dr. & Mrs. Marc Feldman Dr. & Mrs. Marvin Forland Mrs. August F. Herff Dr. & Mrs. O. Roger Hollan Dr. & Mrs. Frank Kiel Dr. & Mrs. Joseph C. Kobos Dr. & Mrs. Robert Leon Dr. & Mrs. Arthur S. McFee Dr. Milka M. Montiel Dr. Charleen M. Moore Mr. & Mrs. John B. Nixon Dr. & Mrs. Malcolm Orr Dr. & Mrs. Basil A. Pruitt, Jr. Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy Dr. & Mrs. Waid Rogers Dr. & Mrs. J. Marvin Smith, III Dr. & Mrs. Lorence W. Trick Dr. & Mrs. Philip T. Valente Dr. & Mrs. Vick Williams Regular Members Ms. Pennie Borchers Dr. Patricia A. Brewer Ms. Patricia L. Brown Dr. Cheryl Burns Dr. Susan Jarvis Ms. Constance Lowe
Dr. Richard F. Ludueña Mr. Patrick I. Nixon, III Ms. Katie Prentice Dr. H. David Root Mr. Luke Rosenberger Dr. Albert E. Sanders Dr. Charles W. Sargent Dr. Wayne H. Schwesinger Dr. David E. Snyder Dr. Brenda J. Talley Ms. Rajia Tobia Mr. Fred W. Todd Dr. James W. Yancy Student Members Mr. Oleg Balter Ms. Melissa Beally Ms. Juliette Comeaux Ms. Lauren Day Mr. Assaf Fesseha Ms. Sheridan Fielding Ms. Stephanie Garrett Mr. Paulino Gonzales Ms. Kristin Hemard Mr. Derek Koller Ms. Jessica Koller Mr. David Metter Ms. Sarah Murphree Mr. Matt Mulane Ms. Toral Parikh Ms. Catherine Reppa Ms. Ashley Rodriguez Mr. Rehman Sheikh Mr. Matthew Wendahl
John L. Matthews, M.D. P. I. Nixon, Jr., M.D. Robert B. Krause, M.D. Milton S. Jacobs, M.D. J. W. Winter, M.D. A. O. Severance, M.D. David McCullough, M.D. James E. Pridgen, M.D. S. Perry Post, M.D. Edwin M. Sykes, Jr., M.D. J. Bradley Aust, M.D. Perry W. Nadig, M.D. William B. Brendel, M.D. David McMahon, M.D. Mrs. Lila Cockrell William V. Healey, M.D. Mrs. Charles W. Finley Maurice S. Albin, M.D. Charles A. Hulse, M.D. Joyce G. Schwartz, M.D. Mrs. Zula Vizard Harlan D. Root, M.D., Ph.D. Herman S. Wigodsky, M.D., Ph.D. John M. Smith, Jr. M.D. August F. Herff. M.D. 8 Janice A. Mendelson, M.D. Daniel Rosenthal, M.D. Arthur S. McFee, M.D. Daniel H. Jones, M.L.S. Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D. Erle K. Adrian, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. Emilio F. Romero, M.D. Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D. Ron Philo, Ph.D. Richard F. Luduena, Ph.D. Kirsten Gardner, Ph.D. Philip T. Valente, M.D. Julie K. Brown, Ph.D.