Most of the materials in the Rare Book Room are listed in the UI Libraries InfoHawk Catalog and this is the logical place to begin any search. However, many works do not yet appear in this source so it is wise to check with the Rare Book Room librarian if you cannot locate a particular title. If a book is located in the Rare Book Room, the cataloging record will include the statement, “HEALTH SCIENCES Rare Book” in the location statement. It is possible to limit retrieval to items in the Rare Book Room by using the “Expert Search” option and specifying “hsl rar” as the location. Consult a librarian for more specific information on this feature and other advanced search capabilities.
All books and journals must be requested from the librarian. Materials housed in the Rare Book Room must be used in the room; in some cases arrangements many be made to have material photocopied.
Exhibits – The Rare Book Room features exhibits of the works of notable individuals and special aspects of the history of the health sciences on a regular basis. In addition, the Anatomia Universa of Paolo Mascagni is permanently displayed. The Rare Book Room also features Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language and the desk used by Sir William Osler while he was Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford, England.
Heirs of Hippocrates – The latest edition of this book, published in 1991, is an annotated bibliography of nearly 1,200 of the collection’s most significant historic works relating to the development of medicine. A copy is available in the Rare Book Room or in the Hardin Library reserve collection under its call number (Z6676 .I68 1991). Copies may be purchased from the John Martin Rare Book Room. Click here for additional information on Heirs of Hippocrates.
Photography – Arrangements may be made to have slides or prints made from materials in the collection. Individuals may also request permission to use their own equipment to make photographs or slides.
Policy of Reproduction and Use of Images – Application for reproduction of materials owned by the John Martin Rare Book Room must be made to the Curator who will invoice the person making application for the cost of services which are assessed using the rates established for the Special Collections Department’s University of Iowa Libraries Policy on Reproduction and Use of Images.