News from the Archive

Medical World News: Conjoined Twins

by Sandra Yates, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian The Medical World News Collection is one of the largest and most interesting in the McGovern Historical Center. Comprised of over 80,000 photographic prints, slides, and negatives, it offers an expansive visual tour of medical advances from 1960-1994. For most, if not all, of the images in […]
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Posted: July 17, 2014, 9:26 pm

Dr. E. Trowbridge Wolf’s Notes

by Sandra Yates, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Have you ever wondered what four years of medical school looks like? Or maybe even wondered about the courses, material, and techniques taught in medical schools in the 1930s? Well, you’re in luck! I came across six volumes of notes taken by Edward Trowbridge Wolf during his […]
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Posted: July 11, 2014, 9:28 pm

Texas Medical Center Library Centennial: Doctors and their cars

By Alethea Drexler Archives assistant Next year is the centennial of the Texas Medical Center Library.  The Library started out as the library for the Harris County Medical Society, which was founded in 1903[1], so it predates the Medical Center by several decades.  In celebration, The Black Bag is going to include a series of […]
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Posted: July 2, 2014, 4:30 pm

Life and Limb

By Philip Montgomery Archivist The Texas Medical Center Library is hosting a National Library of Medicine exhibit called Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War. Here Sandra Yates, archivist/special collections librarian, arranges lancets and an 18th century bleeding bowl as part of the items on display from the McGovern Historical Center. Creating […]
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Posted: June 25, 2014, 4:40 pm

Hanger Artificial Legs and Arms

By Sandra Yates Archivist and Special Collections Librarian We all know how amazing old magazine advertisements are. I found this gem in a June 1938 issue of the Texas State Journal of Medicine. Looks to me that the Hanger artificial limbs are easier to wear than wrapping a robe around a négligée! What do you […]
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Posted: June 5, 2014, 3:22 pm

Feigning neurological illness

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Posted: June 3, 2014, 2:46 pm

E. Cullen and the Texas Medical Center

By Philip Montgomery Head of the McGovern Historical Center There is a street named for Ezekiel Cullen that runs past the Texas Medical Center Library. Since, Cullen died in 1882, according to the Handbook of Texas, I wondered why his name is linked to the medical center, which wasn’t founded until the 1940s.  The answer […]
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: May 29, 2014, 3:05 pm

Thingamajig: The Mystery Scissors

by Alethea Drexler, archives assistant The past few months have brought us several donations that were heavier on artifacts than they were on paper.  That’s a little unusual for an archive but not necessarily a bad thing.  Honestly, artifact donations are often very entertaining.  The heirs of a Fort Worth-area nurse named Senorita (that was […]
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Posted: November 26, 2013, 9:31 pm

Moon-sun man with owl

I love the archives. I found this image today while doing a random check of a box with a lid that was not properly seated. There is no context, no official caption, no indication of why the man and the owl, probably stuffed, are posing together. It was the 60s. Enough said. Philip Montgomery, archivist
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Posted: November 15, 2013, 8:45 pm

Hermann Hospital Sweetheart

by Philip Montgomery, archivist A few months ago, Dr. Adrian Melissinos was searching for nursing photos when she discovered “Sweetheart” the donkey. Today, I had to find the photo of this early Hermann Hospital mascot. I love that the photographer, who remains unknown, made an effort to capture this donkey’s personality.  What is even more […]
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: August 29, 2013, 9:01 pm