The Development of Medicine in a Catalogue of Historic Books in the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the University of Iowa

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Richard Eimas, Compiler and Editor
Third Edition
Published for the University of Iowa Libraries
by the University of Iowa Press
Iowa City, Iowa,1990
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Heirs of Hippocrates is a 700-page book catalog that describes many of the most important works to be found in the John Martin Rare Book Room. The selections are arranged in chronological order in keeping with the larger purpose of the book which is to present a history of medicine from a bibliographic perspective.

Now in its third edition, Heirs of Hippocrates is thoroughly researched and abundantly annotated–an authoritative and scholarly sourcebook for the history of medicine. It is frequently cited and quoted alongside such other respected compendia as Morton’s Medical Bibliography and Bibliotheca Osleriana. In addition to the text, over two hundred illustrations (many in color) taken from the original works amplify the descriptions and provide the reader a sampling of the striking images that can be found in many of the books.