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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

    “Civility on Trial: Nurses, Surgeons, and Medical Extremity in Civil War Hospitals." Presentation by Jane E. Schultz. Thursday, October 27, 2016, 5:30-6:30. MERF 2117.

    Jane E. Schultz

    "Civility on Trial" considers the clash of expectations that confronted surgeons and relief workers in military hospitals during the Civil War.  


  • Notes from the RBR, September 2016

    RAYMOND VIEUSSENS (1641-1715?). Neurographia universalis. Lyons: Apud Joannem Certe, 1685.

    Canon Medicinae

    This well-illustrated compendium of the anatomy of the nervous system is based on over 500 postmortem examinations and provides the most complete description of the brain and spinal cord to appear during the seventeenth century.