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Medical World News Photograph Collection

Detail of contact sheets from IC 077 Medical World News Photograph Collection. Image shows Dr. DeBakey at the Lasker Awards, 1966.

by Sandra Yates, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian The Texas Medical Center Library, McGovern Historical Center is excited to announce the completion of the IC 077 Medical World News Photograph Collection. A complete finding aid and inventory is now online and available for researchers. The Medical World News Photograph Collection is one of the largest… Continue Reading Medical World News Photograph Collection […]

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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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Houston Archives Bazaar!

The McGovern Historical Center will be at the Houston Archives Bazaar at the White Oak Music Hall on Sunday, September 10th from 2pm – 6pm. We’ll have some collection materials, and we’re looking forward to sharing them with the community. For more details you can go to https://houstonarchivists.org/bazaar/. Hope to see you there! […]

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McGovern Historical Center Closed

Due to the flooding in the area the McGovern Historical Center will be closed until further notice. Philip Montgomery, Head of the McGovern Historical Center, visited the facility at 8272 El Rio this morning, August 29, 2017. He reports that there was no rain or wind damage and no noticeable power interruptions. All collection materials… Continue Reading McGovern Historical Center Closed […]

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