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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.

  • Notes from the RBR

    ABU AL-QASIM (d. 1013?). Liber theoricae necnon practicae Alsaharavii. [Augsburg: Impensis Sigismundi Grimm, & Marci Vuirsung, 1519].

    Portrait of Abu Al-Qasim

    Abu al-Qasim (or Abulcasis, or Albucasis, as he is variously known), a native of Cordova in Moorish Spain, may be classed with Avicenna in the importance of his great medical encyclopedia, al-Tasrif. It was published in three parts after the invention of printing: the pharmaceutical part in 1471, the surgical in 1497, and the present volume, the part on general medicine, in 1519