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John Martin Rare Book Room

John Martin Rare Book Room

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

    Charles Dotter and Andreas Gruentzig: The Personal Stories of Two Pioneers Who Transformed the Practice of Cardiovascular Medicine Thursday, November 8, 2018, 5:30-6:30. Hardin Library Room 401


    Using photographs and videos of “Crazy Charlie Dotter” and Andreas Gruentzig in action, Dr. Mark tells the personal stories of two physicians and their pioneering discoveries that transformed the practice of radiology and cardiology in the late 20th century.

  • Notes from the Rare Book Room

    GUIDO GUIDI (1508-1569). Chirurgia è Graeco in Latinum conversa. Paris: Excude-bat Petrus Galterius, 1544



    Hassall, author of the first English text on microscopic anatomy, later turned his attention to examination of the adulteration of coffee, which led to his post as Chief Analyst of the Analytical Sanitary Commission of Lancet. The work of this commission eventually resulted in legislation to curb the rampant adulteration of foodstuffs then prevalent in England.he reported on nearly 2500 samples of foods, beverages, and tobacco products, providing detailed analyses and illustrations of his findings as well as identification of the sample’s vendor or manufacturer