Deep Roots: Botanical Medicine From Plants to Prescriptions

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Deep Roots: Botanical Medicine from Plants to Prescriptions traces the earliest known uses of plants to treat disease and promote health through to the development of modern drugs and pharmacology. Major themes of the exhibit include: the traditional use of botanicals for healing, the role of the herbalist across cultures, the scientific discipline of phytochemistry, the development of drugs from botanical extractions, and the contemporary state of herbalism, alternative medicine, and regulation of the supplement industry. 

Deep Roots provides new interactive gallery activities including an audio guide and video kiosk, as well as an exhibition of contemporary botanical artwork. 

In addition to images and artifacts from the TMA Archives, the TMA History Committee is pleased to acknowledge the contributions of The University of Texas at Austin Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences, The Botanical Research Institute of Texas, The American Botanical Council, The University of Texas at Austin  Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, The Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine, The University of Texas at Austin Plant Resources Center, and the botanical artist Lotus McElfish. 


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Robert G. Mickey 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 Casey Newbegin, TMA Archives 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, email  Claire Duncan, director, TMA Knowledge Center, or call (800) 880-1300, ext. 1544, or (512) 370-1544.

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 Robert G. Mickey 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.