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Scholar-in-Residence

By Philip Montgomery Head of the McGovern Historical Center Sophia Hsu, a doctoral candidate at Rice University, is the first Scholar-in-Residence at the McGovern Historical Center. The Scholar-in-Residence program is designed to allow researchers access to the McGovern Historical Center archives and special collections. The program encourages scholarly research and collaboration, teaching, and the use… Continue Reading Scholar-in-Residence […]

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E-Vesalius comes to TMC Library

  By Philip Montgomery Head of the McGovern Historical Center The Electronic Vesalius project has come to the TMC Library. The e-Vesalius is a digital facsimile of Andreas Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica, a landmark text of Renaissance anatomy that has been credited with inaugurating Western internal medicine. The e-Vesalius is touch sensitive. Touching the… Continue Reading E-Vesalius comes to TMC Library […]

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How Dr. Cooley Changed Heart Surgery

Sandra Yates Archivist & Special Collections Librarian On November 18, 2016 the Texas Medical Center lost one of its most renowned pioneers in medicine. Dr. Denton A. Cooley revolutionized cardiovascular surgery, transforming open heart surgery from one of the most high-risk and high-mortality medical procedures to a low-risk and common life-saving procedure. “… I think… Continue Reading How Dr. Cooley Changed Heart Surgery […]

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Houston and the Fight Against Tuberculosis

This little bungalow at 806 Bagby St first opened in 1913 as the Free Clinic for the Houston Anti-Tuberculosis League. The organization had a clinic or offices there until 1957 when they moved to a new building on Dallas Avenue. [IC 034 San Jacinto Lung Association records, Box 5, P-921, McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library.]

Sandra Yates Archivist and Special Collections Librarian I spent the last couple of weeks processing the records of the San Jacinto Lung Association. It’s a small collection, only 12 boxes, that includes correspondence, tuberculosis statistics, scrapbooks, Christmas seals, and photographs of the organization’s history, community services, staff, and administration from 1911 and into the 1980s.… Continue Reading Houston and the Fight Against Tuberculosis […]

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Rice Students Tour the Archive

Sandra Yates Archivist and Special Collections Librarian On Thursday, September 1, 2016, a class from Rice University toured the McGovern Historical Center. The students were from Sophia Hsu’s class, “Literature and Public Health,” which is part of the new medical humanities curriculum out of Rice’s Humanities Research Center. During their visit, the class was introduced… Continue Reading Rice Students Tour the Archive […]

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Centennial Photo Display: 1960's, Part III

Alethea Drexler archives assistant We had room in the case so we went back and added a few more. Two more Joseph Schwarting illustrations.  The girl with the umbrella is particularly charming: The machine at right in the image below appears to be a Travenol-type artificial kidney.  Hemodilaysis machines were invented in the Netherlands in… Continue Reading Centennial Photo Display: 1960's, Part III […]

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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… Continue Reading Medical World News: Conjoined Twins […]

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