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John Martin Rare Book Room

  • Caldani, Leopoldo Marco Antonio, 1725-1813
  • Demours, Antoine Pierre, 1762-1836
  • Schott, Gaspar, 1608-1666
  • Du Verney, M., 1648-1730
  • Mascagni, Paolo, 1755-1815
  • Rüff, Jakob, 1500-1558; Amman, Jost, 1539-1591
  • Portal, Antoine, 1742-1832
  • Hooke, Robert, 1635-1703
Caldani, Leopoldo Marco Antonio, 1725-18131 Demours, Antoine Pierre, 1762-18362 Schott, Gaspar, 1608-16663 Du Verney, M., 1648-17304 Mascagni, Paolo, 1755-18155 Rüff, Jakob, 1500-1558; Amman, Jost, 1539-15916 Portal, Antoine, 1742-18327 Hooke, Robert, 1635-17038

The nearly 6,500 volumes in the John Martin Rare Book Room are original works representing classic contributions to the history of the health sciences from the 15th through 21st Centuries. Also included are selected books, reprints, and journals dealing with the history of medicine at the University and in the State of Iowa.

Secondary sources such as histories of particular subjects, biographies, and bibliographies are housed in the Hardin Library main collection.

  • History of Medicine Society

    Presentations and Events, 2015 / 2016

    All events will be held in MERF 2117 unless otherwise specified.

    Thursday, September 24, 2015, 5:30-6:30
    Richard Kerber. Professor, Dept. of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa. "Deconstructing the Body: Medical Art, Medical Imaging and the Art of Medicine"

    Thursday, October 22, 2015, 5:30-6:30
    Ekhard Ziegler, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Iowa. “Pediatric Nutrition at the University of Iowa”

    Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:30-6:30
    E.A. (Tony) Franken, Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Radiology, University of Iowa. "Healthcare for American Indians: Triumphs and Tragedies”

    Thursday, January 28, 2016, 5:30-6:30
    Jennifer Gunn. History of Medicine Endowed Professor, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota. “Injections, Itches, and Institutions: the Experience of Rural Medicine in Iowa, 1920-1950”

    Thursday, February 25, 2016, 5:30-6:30
    Elizabeth Yale, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Center for the Book, University of Iowa. “Mandrakes, Unicorns, and She-Bears: What a Nineteenth-century Reader Found in Thomas Browne's Pseudopodia Epidemical (1646)”

    Thursday, March 26, 2016, 4:30-7:00
    John Martin Rare Book Room, 4th floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa. “Open House in the John Martin Rare Book Room”

    Friday, April 22, 2016, 6:00-9:00
    History of Medicine Society Banquet
    Lynda Payne, Sirridge Missouri Endowed Professor in Medical Humanities and Bioethics and Professor of History, University of Missouri – Kansas City. “Lovesickness: Female Hysteria and Insanity in Nineteenth-Century Operas”

  • Notes from the RBR, August 2015

    MARCELLO MALPIGHI (1628-1694). De pulmonibus observationes anatomicae. (In Thomas Bartholin's De pulmonum substantia & motu diatribe, Copenhagen, 1663.

    Marcello Malpighi

    Anatomist, embryologist, physiologist, and microscopist, Malpighi was instrumental in the development of embryology and histology and also a great microscopic anatomist. Malpighi made many important scientific contributions, but many authorities consider his discovery of the pulmonary circulation to be the most important.