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Finding historical information about the people and institutions in the Texas Medical Center just got easier! We’re excited to launch a web-based tool that simplifies online research of our collections. Researchers can search across all 323 collections and over 53,000 individual item descriptions. The site provides access to more than 1,200 digital images and documents […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Kohl-lined elephant eyes and the malaria taxi

by Philip Montgomery, archivist I was flipping through our collection of Medical World News photos looking for vaccination shots when I ran across this photo from March of 1965. I found this photo in a folder titled “Immunization [small pox] Tonga.” I opened the folder expecting to see images of healthcare workers vaccinating inhabitants of […]

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Some of our favorite websites

by Alethea Drexler archives assistant I’m sure you’ve noticed that I like to link to other pages in my blog posts.  Phil and I have come across some very interesting, and often very fun, websites–usually while trying in vain to uncover the identity of a Thingamajig–and he suggested that we do a post to share […]

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Medical moulage

by Alethea Drexler Archives assistant We have a new toy at the Research Center, and just in time for Hallowe’en! Archivist Phil Montgomery joined our department this past spring after a stretch with the Woodson Research Center at Rice University.  In the 1920’s, the Woodson was home to the Rice Parasite Museum, which Phil says […]

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Blogging for archivist

Welcome to the The Black Bag: Foundations of Medicine created by the staff of the  John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center.  The McGovern Collections are part of the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.  Visit our web site for […]

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