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University of Texas Medical Branch
News Release
Monday, October 31, 2011

Medical historian to lecture about UTMB’s role in the history of polio in Texas

Medical historian Heather Wooten will talk about how she used the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston’s Truman G. Blocker, Jr. Collections to uncover the story she tells in her recent book, “The Polio Years in Texas: Battling a Terrifying Unknown,” at the third annual History of Medicine Lecture. Entitled “Polio Years in Texas: A Mosaic of Medical History,” the free lecture will take place Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in UTMB’s Levin Hall North Auditorium.

Wooten will discuss how she pieced together the Texas polio story using institutional, scientific and personal records from UTMB’s rare documents collections.

This is the third in a series of lectures featuring information found in rare books or other areas of UTMB’s Truman G. Blocker History of Medicine Collections. Previous lectures covered the academic discipline of medical history and 17th-century herbal medicine.

Wooten holds a doctorate in medical humanities from UTMB. She has written extensively about U.S., Texas and medical history and served as local historian for League City. She currently teaches American and Texas history at San Jacinto College South and works for the Houston-based history consulting firm W. H. Kellar Consulting.

Wooten’s book, “The Polio Years in Texas:  Battling a Terrifying Unknown” won the Texas Historical Commission’s 2009 T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award and the East Texas Historical Association’s Ottis Locke Endowment Best Book Award for 2009-2010. Both awards are given for outstanding original Texas history research and writing.

A reception in the Levin Hall foyer will follow Wooten’s presentation. UTMB’s Levin Hall is located in the 1000 block of Market Street adjacent to the rose garden. Free parking is available in the parking garage at 10th and Market Streets from 5 to 8 p.m.

For further information about the event or UTMB’s rare documents collection contact archivist Bobby Marlin at 409-772-2397.


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