Neal Palafox Video Interview

Author Biographical Info

The McGovern Historical Center (MHC) is the historical and special collections department for The TMC Library. The MHC maintains rare book and archival collections. Artificial collections have been created to provide access to materials without clear provenance in order to increase discoverability. Soon after his arrival in Houston, Dr. McGovern became one of the Library’s most staunch supporters, annually supplying funds for the purchase of rare books and travel support for the librarians to attend meetings of the American Association for the History of Medicine. In 1977, The Library formed a new department with new quarters to collect historical materials and to enhance the rare book collections. In 1982, Dr. McGovern donated his personal collection of rare and historical books to the Library. In 1996 the Library’s Board of Directors named the historical department in his honor.



Publication Date(s)

November 22, 2020




oral histories (literary works), Neal Palafox


Dr. Neal Palafox discusses the nuclear testing that occurred at the Marshall Islands and the social, cultural, and psychological effect it had on those native to the region. Dr. Palafox encourages the public to adopt a holistic view of radiation disasters when evaluating the effects of radiation on the communities, such as the ones within the Marshall Islands. See more at Radiation Effects & Events. An initial overview of Radiation Effects. Project by Sachi Khemka, Student, Medical Humanities, Rice University, 2020.


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