William Keiller, M.D. Department of Anatomy Drawings
Dr. William Keiller (1861-1931) was born in Auchendinny, Scotland. He studied art as an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh, became interested in anatomy, and was accepted to study medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Physicians and Surgeons College of Glasgow. He earned medical degrees from both colleges in 1888. In the summer of 1891, Dr. Keiller answered an ad in the British Medical Journal and was offered a position at the new University of Texas Medical Department in Galveston as its first, and very distinguished, anatomy professor. Dr. Keiller used his art training to demonstrate anatomical structures and relationships in his sketches and drawings. This training also benefited the university as demand for resources often exceeded tight budgets. Medical and anatomy textbooks were, and still are, expensive; therefore several of the drawings were copied from the illustrations in these textbooks thus saving money for both the university and the student. Dr. Keiller was the first honorary fellow of the Texas Surgical Society.
This box contains drawings/tracings originally done by Dr. William Keiller. Many of these drawings/tracings have been copied by his students at a later date. For example, some of the drawings have WK-1915 with Copied by J.F. McVeigh (1922). J.F. McVeigh is a 1922 medical school graduate, Joseph Fielding McVeigh. Other drawings have WK-1915 copied by RMB-1917. It is assumed that RMB stands for Robert Mitchell Barton or Roy Mack Byram, both 1920 School of Medicine graduates. Many of these drawing are taken directly from Cunningham’s famous text of the period.
The collection is open for research use. Materials may be viewed in the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections of the Moody Medical Library.
[Identification of Item], in the William Keiller, M.D. Department of Anatomy Drawings collection, MS 144, Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections, Moody Medical Library, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas.
These records were organized and processed by staff of the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections. Finding aid prepared by Robert Marlin and Kelly Caldwell; encoded by Richard L. Watts in EAD 2002 W3C in January of 2017.