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  • John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library Open House 2022 Book List

    by Sarah Andrews on April 13, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Visit the John Martin Rare Book Room at Hardin Library for the annual open house, Wednesday, April 20, from 4pm-7pm. All are welcome/family friendly! Masks encouraged.  This is an in-person event. The following books will be on display: BLEULAND, JAN (1756-1838). Otium academicum. Trajecti ad Rhenum: Ex Officina Joh. Altheer, academiae typographi, 1828. SABUCO de

  • Conservator’s Corner | Saving The Morgagni

    by Sarah Andrews on March 30, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    By Beth Stone, MFA Collections Conservator, University of Iowa Libraries When volumes arrive in conservation, the first step is a quick assessment. Often this entails physical inspection of a cart of 30-80 items, ticking off from a checklist of the most common repairs or housings we provide. When an individual item is shuffled to a

  • John Browne | Myographia Nova | Dissection | Book of the Month from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

    by dihrig on March 9, 2022 at 6:42 pm

      By Damien Ihrig, Curator, John Martin Rare Book Room BROWNE, JOHN (1642-1700) Myographia nova, or, A description of all the muscles in humane body : as they arise in dissection : distributed into six lectures ; at the entrance into every of which, are demonstrated the muscles properly belonging to each lecture now in general

  • Work Day in the Life of John Martin Rare Book Room Curator Damien Ihrig

    by Sarah Andrews on February 23, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    A day in Damien’s work life at Hardin Library involves some or all of the following: Email, email, email A few meetings with local, state, or regional colleagues Working with the collection to prepare items for conservation care, digitization, reshelving, shifting shelves, or updating database entries. Class prep Working with a donor interested in gifting

  • Quack Transplant and Endocrinology Medicine | Serge Voronoff | January Book of the Month from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

    by Sarah Andrews on February 16, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    VORONOFF, SERGE (1866-1951). Étude sur la vieillesse et la rajeunissement par la greffe. [Research on aging and rejuvenation by transplantation] Printed in Paris by Octave and Gaston Doin in 1926. 23 cm tall. Signed copy.  Voronoff was born in Russia and studied medicine in France. He studied with the transplant pioneer, Alexis Carell, eventually becoming

  • Roots of Medicine | Iowa Pharmacy Garden

    by Sarah Andrews on January 31, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    The new College of Pharmacy building has a garden that contains plants that were used for healing.  The Roots of Medicine garden was a collaboration of Hardin Library staff, the John Martin Rare Book Room, the College of Pharmacy, a horticulture expert from Iowa State University, and local gardeners.  The garden contains signs that identify

  • December 2021 Book of the Month from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin | Early Italian Facial Plastic Surgery

    by Sarah Andrews on December 30, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    TAGLIACOZZI, GASPARE(1545-1599). De curtorum chirurgia per insitionem. Apud Gasparem Bindonum, juniorem, 1597. 32 cm tall. Tagliacozzi studied under Girolamo Cardano at the University of Bologna. After graduating, he became a professor of surgery and anatomy at Bologna. This work, “Concerning the surgery of the mutilated by grafting,” is a classic in the history of plastic surgery and is

  • November 2021 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library | Japanese Scroll from Mid-Edo Period

    by Sarah Andrews on December 6, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Full newsletter including more information about Japanese scrolls and additional images.  UNKNOWN. Medicinal plants scroll from Japan’s mid-Edo period. Estimated date of creation is between 1727 and 1800. 29 x 800 cm. English translation available. The Medicinal plants scroll is, as its name suggests, a catalog of native Japanese plants, describing their habitats, flowers, fruits, and medicinal uses.

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