Monday, January 5, 2015

Andreas Vesalius Birthday Party

The TMC Library will celebrate 100 years in 2015 with a series of events throughout the year. The first event will be held on Monday, January 12 at noon to celebrate Andreas Vesalius 500th Birthday.

Attend a presentation by L. Maximilian Buja,MD on the life of Vesalius.

Italian style food and Prosecco will be served - generously underwritten by the Houston Academy of Medicine (first come, first served). Grab some birthday cake and refreshments, view our copy of one of the earliest editions of Vesalius magnum opus; De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the fabric of the human body) and get your photo taken with "Andy," a life-sized cut-out of a Vesalius illustration!

The event will be held on the first floor of the TMC Library, 1133 John Freeman Blvd.

This event is free and open to the public. Visit the TMC  Library Centennial website for more information:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Library Holiday Hours

The TMC Library will be open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm on the following days:

Monday, December  22, Tuesday, December  23 
Friday,    December  26, Monday, December  29 
Tuesday, December 30    

Saturday, December 20, 27 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday,   December 21, 28 from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Library will be closed on Wednesday, December 24, Thursday, December 25
Wednesday, December 31 and Thursday, January 1, 2015.

Regular hours resume Friday, January 2, 2015.

Happy Holidays

Friday, December 5, 2014

Rare Medical Treasures from the TMC Library Archives

The TMC Library is pleased to host 2 presentations by Howard Rootenberg on:

December 11, 2014 – 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm (brown bag lunch; some refreshments provided)

December 12, 2014 – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – light appetizers, refreshments

In the lobby of the TMC Library
1133 John Freeman Blvd.

The Art of the Book: rare medical treasures from the TMC Library archives

Tucked safely away in a private, locked room in the McGovern Rare Book Room at the TMC Library, are some beautiful jewels of medical books – some dating
back to the 14th century. These incredible labors of love painstakingly printed and many annotated, trace the practice and knowledge of medicine back to
the Renaissance. Many are beautifully done, and passed down through the centuries from practitioner to practitioner. 

If you love books, and appreciate the history they tell, come hear Howard bring these volumes to life and see them displayed for a rare public viewing.

Howard Rootenberg is an internationally known specialist in rare books and manuscripts in the fields of science, medicine, technology and natural history. B & L Rootenberg Rare Books is located in Los Angeles, California, not far from UCLA and the Getty Museum.

In September, Howard spent several very happy days poking around in the McGovern Rare Books Room evaluating our collection. Turns out, we had some very valuable and rare items that were quite unique.  

See you there!                                 

For more information, contact or call 713.799.7145.
Or visit our website at Events 

Monday, December 1, 2014

New Library Subscription: JAMAevidence®

JAMAevidence® provides fundamental tools for teaching, learning, and applying evidence-based medicine in the assessment of health problems and outcomes of health care. 

Users will find leading references that explain basic principles to turn theory into practice, customizable worksheets that allow them to systematically apply evidence-based medicine to their cases, and PowerPoint slideshows to enhance classroom and conference learning.

To access JAMAevidence® visit:

Friday, November 21, 2014

TMC Library Holiday Hours

The TMC Library will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

Regular hours resume on Saturday, November 29.

Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Luncheon 2014
This year, the TMC Library will hold its luncheon on Tuesday, December 2nd, from 11 am to 1 pm, and we have the privilege to honor three outstanding individuals who have spent decades laboring in health and education for the betterment of everyone in our community. They are:

William T. Butler, MD, Chancellor Emeritus, Baylor College of Medicine
Patricia L. Starck, PhD, Dean, School of Nursing, UTHealth, and,
Dana C. Rooks, MLS, Dean of Libraries, University of Houston

In addition, Steven Klineberg, PhD, Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University, will be our guest speaker and give us a glimpse of how the future new America will impact our existing health care delivery systems.

For questions or more information, please contact Development at 713.799.7139 or email

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Lancet Backfiles

The Texas Medical Center Library recently acquired access to the backfiles of The Lancet, one of the top international medical journals.   Our access has been provided via our consortial participation with the UT Digital System Library's Academic Library Collection Enhancement Program.

This full-text searchable backfile begins with the first issue in 1823, offering over 180 years of excellent coverage of advances in health and medicine. In this time span you will find the best and the worst in the history of medical practice.

For those of you interested in the current issues, keep in mind that The Lancet also provides a convenient RSS Feed of the new articles in each week’s issue. Enjoy.

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