The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 94, July 1990 - April, 1991

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

The History of Texas, by Robert A. Calvert of Texas A&M University
and Arnoldo De Le6n of Angelo State University, is much different in
its make-up and direction. The authors present a thorough and de-
tailed study of Texas history from earliest contact with civilizations to
the present, giving balanced accounts of each era. But equally impor-
tant they provide an insightful social history, especially in regard to
women, blacks, and Mexican Americans. In other words, the authors
have produced a college history text of highest caliber.
As a consequence, both Texas: A Modern History and The History of
Texas will add significantly to Texana collections. The factual data is in-
teresting and informative, the interpretations are logical, and the writ-
ing is clear and concise. In keeping with these excellent studies, the
publishers have added maps and charts and illustrations, which add
even more to the understanding of Texas history.
Texas Christian Universzty BEN PROCTER
The Methodist Hospital of Houston: Serving the World. By Marilyn Mc-
Adams Sibley. (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1989.
Pp. x+ 241. Preface, notes, bibliographical note, appendices, index,
photos. $19.95.)
Marilyn McAdams Sibley's latest book continues her tradition of ex-
cellence. Publication by the Texas State Historical Association and the
Center for Studies in Texas History at the University of Texas at Austin
reflects worldwide interest in the Texas subject. Respected attorney
A. Frank Smith's service as president of the TSHA is an additional spot-
light on this history of the Methodist Hospital (TMH) in Houston.
Modern hospitals in America deliver care through leadership from
medical staff, administration, and board. Smith frames hospital life in
central focus: "Its real history resides in an intense dedication to quality
that has enabled Methodist to excell in every area of patient care"
(p. ix).
The story of TMH as a hospital of international reputation is inter-
locked, like a Michener novel, with its people. Today Texans and Hous-
tonians behold their creation: an awesome business on the global fore-
front generating $150 million annual gross revenue from 3,840 beds
serving 42,420 patients. The hospital leads in a complicated market-
place of medicine and health care by sequential provision of the best
environment for conducting essential patient-physician transactions.
Each day critically urgent problems resolve in the lives of thousands of
patients. Above all, the hospital's commitment to a human ethical philos-
ophy focused on each patient sets a valuable standard in the industry.

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 94, July 1990 - April, 1991. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101214/. Accessed August 1, 2014.