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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

    The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society announces the:

    R. Palmer Howard Dinner for 2014

    Friday, April 25
    Reception at 6:00p.m.; Dinner at 7:00p.m. ; Presentation at 8:00p.m.

    W. Bruce Fye

    W. Bruce Fye

    Professor of Medicine & Medical History, Mayo Clinic will speak on

    The Origins and Evolution of the Mayo Clinic from 1864 to 1939: A Minnesota Family Practice becomes an International 'Medical Mecca'

    More information »
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  • Notes from the RBR, April 2014

    GIOVANNI ALFONSO BORELLI (1608-1679). De motu animalium. 2 vols. Rome: Ex typographia Angeli Bernabò, 1680-1681.

    GIOVANNI ALFONSO BORELLI  De motu animalium

    Pupil of Galileo and teacher of Malpighi, Borelli's lasting fame is his dominating influence in the establishment of the Iatrophysical School of thought, which sought to interpret all physiological phenomena by the laws of mathematics and physics.