Bugs, Bones, and Blood

 Blood Bones and Bug Banner Final

This all-new exhibit examines the history of forensic medicine, which begins with the forensic pathologist and other forensic experts who search for truth about death when it is sudden or mysterious.

Notable within the 12 display cases is an exhibit on the tragedy in Dallas on Nov. 22 and 24, 1963, when residents and staff physicians at Parkland Hospital responded after President Kennedy, Governor Connally, and Lee Harvey Oswald were brought to their trauma rooms. Another display remembers the Texas City Disaster of 1947, still the worst industrial accident in American history. It looks at the search for victims and treatment of survivors. The autopsy, fingerprinting, and contributions of DNA to forensics are among other displays.

In addition to images and artifacts from the TMA Archives, the TMA History Committee is pleased to acknowledge the contributions of the Blocker History of Medicine Collections, Moody Medical Library, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston; Moore Memorial Library, Texas City; The Sherlock Holmes Society of Austin; Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum, Austin; and UT Southwestern Library Archives, Dallas. 


 Proud member of Austin Museum Partnership

TMA History of Medicine Gallery
Texas Medical Association, First Floor
401 West 15th Street

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday
9 am-5 pm
for self-guided tours
(Closed holidays)

Admission: Free
Some free parking

For more information or to schedule a group tour, email Betsy Tyson, TMA Knowledge Center archivist and exhibits coordinator, or contact her at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1552, or (512) 370-1552.


New Antitobacco Traveling Exhibit Available for Display

The History of Medicine Committee is proud to introduce a beautiful, three-banner display that traces the history of tobacco advertising and rise of antitobacco advocacy. "Smoke and Mirrors (PDF) contain striking images of advertisements and antitobacco posters, along with counterarguments suitable for discussion.

The freestanding banner set is available for display in schools, medical offices, clinics, or libraries. There is no charge to reserve a banner set and shipping is free, due to the generous support of the TMA Foundation.

“Smoke and Mirrors” joins these other popular traveling exhibits from the History of Medicine Committee that can be reserved for free; you pay only shipping costs for these banners:

  • Stamping Out Disease” is a  three-banner set (PDF) on the history of infectious disease and the importance of immunization. Available in English or Spanish, both sets can be reserved as a bilingual display. The “Stamping Out Disease” banners were made possible by support from the TMA Foundation and a generous gift from Frost Bank, trustee, Myra Stafford Pryor Charitable Trust.
  • Faces of Change” (PDF) honors the history and achievements of foreign-born, foreign-educated physicians, now known as international medical graduates.
  • Also available are banner sets celebrating Texas women in medicine (PDF), Texas medical schools, Texas hospitals, and a four-banner set celebrating 150 years of TMA (PDF). 

Consider displaying one or more banner sets at a special event, or anytime in a suitable location. All are easy to set up and take down. For more information or to reserve, contact Betsy Tyson, TMA Knowledge Center archivist and exhibits coordinator, at betsy.tyson@texmed.org, or (800) 880-1300, ext. 1552, or (512) 370-1552.

Resources for Genealogists and Researchers of Medical History

Links to other resources and brief descriptions of collections relating to the history of medicine in medical libraries in Texas – and other resources of note.


Did you know that the TMA Knowledge Center has more than 8,000 items in its history of medicine collection?  Visit the TMA Knowledge Center Online Catalog to browse these materials. 

The TMA History of Medicine Gallery is located on the first floor of the TMA building, 401 W. 15th St., Austin. Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. For more information, contact TMA Knowledge Center at (512) 370-1552 or (800) 880-1300, ext. 1552.

Sponsored by the Texas Medical Association, History of Medicine Committee.  


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