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John Martin Rare Book Room

John Martin Rare Book Room

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 Trailblazer: Contributions to Medicine by Elmer DeGowin, Thursday, January 24. MERF Rm 2117


    “Elmer DeGowin was a trailblazer in everything he touched. He founded the first Allergy Clinic, directed the first Thyroid Clinic, the first Blood Bank, the first Course in Physical Diagnosis, and had the first research grant in Internal Medicine.”

    Introductory remarks by Dr. J. Brooks Jackson

  • Notes from the Rare Book Room

    2019 R. Palmer Howard Dinner
    Shelley McKellar presents Artificial Hearts: A Controversial Medical Technology and its Sensational Patient Cases



    Medical historian Shelley McKellar examines the clinical use of artificial hearts since the 1960’s, situating the triumphant narrative of this technology and its ‘resurrectionist capacity’ alongside technical device challenges and difficult patient experiences.

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