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News From the Libraries: May 2024

Photograph of administrative assistant with large stacks of paper
Dr. Carlos Pestana, medical dean's office, didn't find balloons and banners waiting for him when he returned from Europe, where he and his wire celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Instead, he found Judy Spaeth with 5,000 letters awaiting his signature. Before he left, Pestana dictated letters of reference for nearly 200 medical students applying for residences. Spaeth spent the next two weeks merging 5,000 letters, compiling mailing lists, and making labels to prepare this "welcome back" for her boss. HSC News, Sept 1991

May New Ebooks

Woman sitting with an ereader

This month we have 11 new titles. They include:

  • Dermatologic Procedures in Office Practice
  • Knee Pain in Sports Medicine
  • Psychiatry: An Illustrated Colour Text
  • The Toxicology Handbook

Check out the rest of the new eBooks

New Library Login Requirements

New requirement for accessing library resources

Effective June 3, all UT Health San Antonio affiliates will need to log in using their UT Health San Antonio domain username and password to access library resources, regardless of their location (on campus, off campus, or via VPN).

What to expect

This change will not disrupt access to or availability of library resources or services. It enhances security and ensures seamless access to essential research and clinical resources.

How to access library resources starting June 3, 2024:

  • Go to and use the Library Login located at the top right of the library website.
  • Once the page redirects, select the appropriate affiliation and login using your UT Health San Antonio credentials.
    • Note: If you are using VPN, you will still need to use the Library Login.

For questions, please contact UT Health San Antonio Libraries using one of the methods below.

Comments/Questions | askalibrarian@uthscsa.eduContact your Library Liaison

Bates' Visual Guide

A female doctor performs a visual examination on a female patientBates’ Visual Guide delivers head-to-toe and systems-based physical examination techniques for the (Advanced) Assessment or Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. The site features more than 8 hours of video content.

Students and faculty in medical, nursing, and related programs will appreciate the careful attention to clinical accuracy, as well as the range of patient types profiled in the series. Institutions will benefit from the online delivery of content—available for the first time via IP-authenticated or referring URL access—allowing their users to view the videos from any web-based location or device.

Lynn Bickley, MD, author of Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, serves as advisor to the project, ensuring the clinical content and its evidence-based origins are maintained. Dr. Bickley also worked with the professionals and actors herein to present a “patient-first” approach to the physical exam.

Access Bates' Visual Guide

Connective Tissue Art Exhibit

Illustrated painting of a woman in scrubs, tying a surgical mask to her faceThe Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics present this year's Connective Tissue art exhibit! This year's theme is "Bodies and Being", focusing on what it means to be a human. It features visual art and written word by UT Health students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. Connective Tissue has been in circulation since 2008, highlighting artworks from the UT Health campus community.

Stop by the library lobby through May and June to view the art!

You can pick up a complementary copy of the printed Connective Tissue in the library and view past issues online.

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Featured eBook of the Month

Cover: Health CommunicationHealth Communication: Research and Practice for a Diverse and Changing World

Nancy Grant Harrington, Rachael A. Record

This textbook takes an in-depth approach to health communication by analyzing and critically evaluating research conducted across multiple paradigmatic perspectives and focusing on translational application of research findings. Using the story of the Montgomery family, a biracial, multigenerational family, and their health experiences as a case study, chapters explore topics including patient–provider communication, health communication in the media, ethical issues, and public health crises. New chapters cover the potential for communication to address discrimination in healthcare settings, health information seeking, social support and caregiving, and the relationship between health and environmental communication. Chapters offer pedagogical features that will prove useful to students and instructors of health communication, such as summary boxes, theory tables, suggestions for in-class activities, discussion questions, and lists of additional resources.

Developed for use in advanced undergraduate and master’s level health communication and public health courses, this text represents the breadth and depth of health communication theory and research as it exists today.

Check out the book through Taylor & Francis, provided by the Briscoe Library.

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