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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.

  • Notes from the RBR

    JOHANN DANIEL MAJOR (1634-1693). Chirurgia infusoria. Kiel: Sumptibus Joh. Lü-dervvald, Impremebat Joach. Reumannus, 1667.


    Image of early intravenous infusion

    Major practiced medicine at Hamburg and Wittenberg before being appointed the first professor of medicine at Kiel in 1665. His work included both blood transfusion and the injection of medicinal substances. In the Prologue to this work, he explains his general intent and illustrates with a striking woodcut his method of performing intravenous infusion.
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