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Two Texas Medical Center Collections Online!

St. Luke's and Texas Children's Hospitals Cardiovascular Surgery Team in Operating Room, 1969.

Sandra Yates Archivist & Special Collections Librarian The Texas Medical Center Library, McGovern Historical Center is excited to announce the completion of two important collections: Texas Medical Center records (IC 002) and the Texas Medical Center Photograph Collection (IC 104). Complete finding aids and inventories are now online and available for researchers on the McGovern… Continue Reading Two Texas Medical Center Collections Online! […]

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Radiation Effects and Events

Image of flyer that provides an overview and images fro the Radiation Effects & Events Archive Project of the Texas Medical Center Library, McGovern Historical Center.

by Philip Montgomery Archivist and Head of the McGovern Historical Center The “Chernobyl” miniseries on HBO has struck a chord with me, because the effects of radiation on large populations has long been one focus of collecting at the McGovern Historical Center. Since the mid-1980s, the McGovern Historical Center has collected material related to the… Continue Reading Radiation Effects and Events […]

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Sakamasu: a sake tradition

A masu or more specifically a sakamasu or measuring cup for sake. Several of these have appeared in the archive. This item is 3.25 inches square and just a bit over 2 inches tall. The wood appears to be cypress or cedar, although I am hard pressed to identify wood unless it is clearly labeled.

by Philip Montgomery archivist and head of the McGovern Historical Center I found this small wooden box among papers and photos from the estate of Dr. William Jackson “Jack” Schull. Dr. Schull was involved in the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) and later the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) from the late 1940s until his… Continue Reading Sakamasu: a sake tradition […]

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Three for One: Memorial Hospital

Nursing students and faculty of Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses (later Memorial Hospital), 1918. [Memorial Hospital System records, McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library, IC 022, IC022-Nutrix-p23]

by Sandra Yates Archivist and Special Collections Librarian The McGovern Historical Center has three finding aids available related to the Memorial Hospital System, one of the earliest hospitals in Houston. Founded in 1907 as the Baptist Sanitarium, Memorial Hospital began as a two-story, wood-framed building at the end of the trolley line on Lamar and… Continue Reading Three for One: Memorial Hospital […]

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“I Question" by Anonymous

by Kelsey Koym Archives Intern The Menninger collection contains hundreds of books spanning the various periods of psychological history and its specialties. Although the idealization of Freud and his near idol-like status saturate many of the pages of these books, unique items will stand out written by the patients of these medical professionals. One of… Continue Reading “I Question" by Anonymous […]

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Colonel Bates: enemy of the Klan

By Philip Montgomery Head of McGovern Historical Center Yesterday, Colonel William B. Bates and his role in moving Baylor College of Medicine from Dallas to Houston came up in a conversation with Bryant Boutwell, the John P. McGovern Professor of Oslerian Medicine, at the UT Health Science Center-Houston. Boutwell, an historian and author, described how… Continue Reading Colonel Bates: enemy of the Klan […]

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Dr. Cooley's Eisenhower jacket

By Philip Montgomery Head of McGovern Historical Center Today, Dena Houchin, RN, dropped off several of Dr. Denton Cooley’s old military uniforms, including pants, shirts and an Eisenhower jacket,  along with his Johns Hopkins University academic regalia robe, hood and hat. The Johns Hopkins regalia is pretty snazzy, but it was the Eisenhower jacket that… Continue Reading Dr. Cooley's Eisenhower jacket […]

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Railway Surgery

By Philip Montgomery Head of McGovern Historical Center The McGovern Rare Book Collection just added a book on treating railway injuries published in 1899. Dr. Clinton B. Herrick’s “Railway Surgery: a handbook on the management of injuries” is quite an interesting book. The library’s resource management assistant Mireille Clark discovered the book in the stacks… Continue Reading Railway Surgery […]

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Cross species applicability of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment (1969)

Alethea Drexler, archives assistant I found this recently on the back of an article saved in MS159, the Dr. Herbert Fred papers (it’s crossed out because it wasn’t the item of interest). British Medical Journal, volume 299, 23-30 December 1969, page 1569. Scientists will note that one subject is not a valid sample size, but… Continue Reading Cross species applicability of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment (1969) […]

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The goat-gland doctor of Del Rio

By Philip Montgomery Head of McGovern Historical Center John Richard Brinkley (1885-1942) was best known as the notorious goat-gland doctor. He made his reputation and his millions of dollars by performing xenotransplants. He inserted goat testicles into the scrotum of human males to increase their virility. He also inserted goat glands into women to cure… Continue Reading The goat-gland doctor of Del Rio […]

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