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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

    Presentations and Events, 2016 / 2017

    All events will be held in MERF 2117 unless otherwise specified.

    Thursday, September 22, 2016, 5:30-6:30
    To be held in Hardin Room 401
    Jillian Linster, PhD candidate, English, University of Iowa.
    "Dr. Helkiah Crooke (1576-1648): The Historical and Literary Legacy of an Early Modern Physician"

    Thursday, October 27, 2016, 5:30-6:30
    Jane E. Schultz, Prof. of English and Medical Humanities, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.-Indianapolis.
    “Civility on Trial: Nurses, Surgeons, and Medical Extremity in Civil War Hospital”

    Thursday, November 17, 2016, 5:30-6:30
    Robert Rakel, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
    “The History of Torture including the experience of Janusz Bardach”

    Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5:30-6:30
    Richard DeGowin, Emeritus Professor of Internal Medicine - Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.
    “Blood Goes to War – the work of Iowa Doctors, DeGowin and Hardin"

    Thursday, February 23, 2017, 5:30-6:30
    Charles Hawtrey, Professor Emeritus, Department of Urology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.
    “The Progression of University Urology as a Reflection of University Priorities”

    Thursday, March 23, 2017, 4:00-7:00
    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 28, 2017, 6:00-9:00 History of Medicine Society Banquet
    Leslie Adrienne Miller, Professor of English, University of St. Thomas.
    “The Resurrection Trade: Finding Poetry in Medical Archives”

    Thursday, May 18, 2017
    Kirilka Stavreva, Professor of English, Cornell College.
    “Attracted to Ill Humours, or What Hope for Shakespeare's Cachexic Couples”

  • Notes from the RBR, May 2016

    JOHN DIX FISHER (1797-1850). Description of the distinct confluent, and inoculated small pox, varioloid disease, cow pox, and chicken pox. 2nd ed. Boston, 1834.

    John Dix Fisher

    Fisher graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1825 and went to Paris where he spent the next two years studying under Laennec, Andral, and Velpeau. He was among those present at Massachusetts General Hospital when ether was introduced into surgery and was one of the first to use it during childbirth.