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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

    Presentations and Events, 2014/2015

    All events will be held in room 401 of the University of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences unless otherwise specified.  Click here for directions.

    Thursday, June 19, 2014, 5:30-6:30
    Greta Nettleton, University of Iowa Press author and medical historian, resident of New York.
    "Nineteenth century Iowa as a Hotbed of Controversial Alternative Medical Schools"

    Thursday, September 25, 2014, 5:30-6:30
    Richard Caplan. Professor Emeritus, Department of Dermatology; Program in Bioethics and Humanities, University of Iowa.
    “The Story of Leprosy in Hawaii (and Iowa)”

    Thursday, October 23, 2014, 5:30-6:30
    Robert E. Rakel, Professor Emeritus, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Founder of the Univ. of Iowa History of Medicine Society and the Houston History of Medicine Society.
    “The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society: the early influence of Bill Bean, Palmer Howard and William Osler”

    Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:30-6:30
    Daniel Garrison, Emeritus Professor, Department of Classics, Northwestern University.
    "Vesalius turns the page on ancient medicine”

    Thursday, January 22, 2015, 5:30-6:30
    Chris De Boer, MS, M2, Winner of the Robert D. Sparks Writing Contest, Carver College of Medicine .
    “The Price of Pain: Examining Global Inequality in Palliative Care and a Human Rights Response”

    Thursday, February 26, 2015, 5:30-6:30
    Mary Gilchrist, Retired Director and Professor of the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory and Russell Currier, Past President, American Veterinary Medical History Society.
    “From the Iowa Cow Wars of the Depression Era to the Raw Milk Battles of the 21st Century -- Protecting Iowans' Health One Tussle at a Time”

    Thursday, March 26, 2015, 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 24, 2015, 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, July 2014

    NATHANIEL HIGHMORE (1613-1685). Corporis humani disquisitio anatomica. The Hague: Ex officina Samuelis Brown, 1651.

    NATHANIEL HIGHMORE (1613-1685)

    Highmore entered Oxford in 1631 and, following his studies at Oxford, he eventually settled into regular practice at Sherborne in Dorset where he remained until his death. In spite of the demands of a busy practice, he still found time to write several books.