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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

    "Iowa's Richard Edwin Shope MD: His Contributions to Influenza Research and One Medicine/Health.” Presentation by Russell Currier. Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5:30-6:30. MERF 2117.

    Richard Edwin Shope

    Richard E. Shope MD (1901-1966) was a pioneering microbiologist who investigated a variety of animal and human diseases, including tuberculosis, hog cholera, and swine influenza. He isolated the swine virus and postulated that it was related to the human 1918 flu pandemic.


  • Notes from the RBR, November 2016

    EUCHARIUS RÖSSLIN (d. 1526). The birth of mankinde, otherwise named the woman's booke. Set foorth in English by Thomas Raynalde. London: Thomas Adams, [1604].

    birth of mankinde

    Based on the Latin version, De partu hominis, Raynalde borrowed freely from other authors and included several anatomical plates and descriptive text from Vesalius' Fabrica. English midwives and physicians were largely dependent on this book for guidance in the practice of obstetrics until the eighteenth century.