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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

    "Iowa's Richard Edwin Shope MD: His Contributions to Influenza Research and One Medicine/Health.” Presentation by Russell Currier. Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5:30-6:30. MERF 2117.

    Richard Edwin Shope

    Richard E. Shope MD (1901-1966) was a pioneering microbiologist who investigated a variety of animal and human diseases, including tuberculosis, hog cholera, and swine influenza. He isolated the swine virus and postulated that it was related to the human 1918 flu pandemic.


  • Notes from the RBR, November 2016

    JOHN HUNTER (1728-1793). The natural history of the human teeth. London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1771.

    birth of mankinde

    John Hunter was an anatomist and surgeon practicing in London. Garrison said of Hunter that he "found surgery a mechanical art and left it an experimental science." One of Hunter's most important works was this treatise on the teeth. It was the first scientific study of the teeth and is basic to all modern dentistry.