Transplant Library – Trial ends 30 June 2015

The Transplant Library provides easy access to high quality, evidence-based information on all of aspects of solid organ transplantation. The Library includes all randomized controlled trials from the earliest record, including many congress abstracts and selected, good quality systematic reviews from 2008. RCTs published from 2004 have been given a methodological quality rating.

Please send additional comments to Janna Lawrence.


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Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room : Gautier’s Anatomy

DAgotyImageJACQUES FABIAN GAUTIER D’AGOTY (1717-1785). Anatomie de la tête. Paris: Chez le sieur Gautier, M. Duverney, Quillau, 1748.

Gautier, a French printmaker, was an assistant to Le Blon and, like Ladmiral, claimed the color printing process as his own. Gautier published some ten collections of colored plates of various portions of the anatomy, and he was the first person to print anatomical plates in color on a large scale.

Choulant writes that “his anatomic illustrations . . . impress the critical observer with their arrogance and charlatanry and do not recommend themselves to the student of anatomy either for their faithfulness and reliability or for their technique” (Choulant-Frank, p. 270).

The dissections and preparations for the eight large figures in this atlas of the anatomy of the head were prepared by Joseph Guichard Du Verney, and some of the plates are among the most elaborate produced by Gautier, especially notable for the intricate network of blood vessels which are meticulously indicated by direct color printing.

This extremely rare work is an important piece of book and anatomic illustration.  You may view this work in the John Martin Rare Book Room, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Make a gift to the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences by donating online or setting up a recurring gift with The University of Iowa Foundation.

Company Information Xpress Class Today!

Just in time for the Spring Engineering Career Fair, this class will teach you how to use several different databases to learn how to find company information and data.

Today, 2:30 p.m. 2001C Seamans Center, Library Computer Classroom, 30 minute class.

Taught by Willow Fuchs, Business Reference & Instruction Librarian, Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library.

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New Resource: Cochrane Clinical Answers

The library now has a subscription to Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs). CCAs are derived from Cochrane systematic reviews and provide clinicians with short answers to clinical questions at the point of care.The website allows browsing by disease categories and keyword searching. Each CCA contains a clinical question, a short answer, and links to relevant Cochrane systematic reviews. See the screenshot below for an example.  Note that CCAs are still in development, and there is not a CCA for every Cochrane systematic review.

Similar resources to be used by clinician at the point of care include DynaMed and UpToDate, both of which can be found at the Health Sciences Resources A-Z page.

Questions? Comments? Email us at or call (319) 335-9151.

CCA screenshot

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Here I am in Mr Gillys room and feeling inclined to pen you a few lines I proceed

Joseph Culver Letter, January 25, 1865, Page 1Cleveland Ohio Jan 25th 1865
Mrs J F Culver
Pontiac Ills.
Dear Sister Mary

Here I am in Mr Gillys room and feeling inclined to pen you a few lines I proceed I wrote to father the day after I came here so that you have heard that I arrived all sound.

When I first came I put up at the Franklin house but when Mrs Beardsly found that I was in town she would not hear of my stoping any where else than at her house I am rooming with Gilly and boarding at the house. The rooms there are all taken. There are boarding with Mrs B. two newly married couples [Ruby?] Seymour now Mrs John White and her husband, they occupy the two front chambers. Mr and Mrs Chapman occupy the room that I used to have Mrs Charley B. has the Parlor. We are having some gay times. Lucia Stickney has a hard cold and is staying at home, Jenny is teaching in her stead. She expects to be able to go back by the first of next week.

I was out at Mr. Smith’s night before last. Went Sleigh riding and stopt there I believe I told you Lizzie Lewis was living there, and I promised her that when I wrote you I would ask you to send me your photograph fo her She wanted the one I have but I thought I could not spare it so promised to ask you to send her one. She is quite well, and so are Mr Smiths people. Plyner and Ella are down at the Oil region in Penn. It has been the best of sleighing here for the past four weeks. The like never was seen in Clevd. Saturday and Sunday it thawed and we thought our sleighing was gone. but Sunday night it grew cold, and although the roads are rough the sleighing is good yet. To day and last night have been the coldest weather we have had this winter. The amusements here this winter have been numerous and varied.

There has been but very little skating on account of so much snow. There have been quite a number of Lectures. All last week and this week there is a Stereoptican exibition that is the finest thing I ever saw. I would be well satisfied to go evry night. I have been three evenings, Last night Emily [Zeal?] [Martha?] Gliddon and I went. Last week Thursday evning Ralph Waldo Emerson lectured He is a good deal of an old [fudge?] When does Frank go to Savanah? Love to all

from your Bro. Thos Murphy
[Care Cuyahoga Hearn Trumall Co Clevd?]

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A Mystery Solved!

Posted on behalf of Tiffany Eng, our intern from West Dean College

While making a phase box for A New Dictionary of Medical Science (1851) from the John Martin Rare Book Room, we came across a fragment of a print on the paper used as a spine lining for the book.


The medical dictionary’s print date is 1851, and the little bit of text remaining on the paper gave a year, 1852, along with an address, which let us know that the textblock sat around for at least a year before being bound.

Out of interest, we did an internet search to find that the address was the former London office location of Punch Magazine (then known as Punch, Or, the London Chariviari). It took a bit of sleuthing, including a visit to the library stacks to borrow the 1851-1852 bound journal versions of Punch, but we found that the spine lining fragment was a part of the masthead for the magazine.


The original drawing was done by illustrator Richard Doyle and was used from 1849 to 1954. As a nice little cap on our mystery spine lining, Richard Doyle also happened to be the uncle of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, detective writer extraordinaire.

For those interested, the library has an archive of bound Punch Magazine volumes from between 1841-1900s


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Database of the Week: Small Business Reference Center

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: Small Business Reference CenterSmall_Business

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under S in the databases A-Z list.

Use it to find:

  • Full-text periodicals
  • Full-text reference books
  • Business videos
  • State-specific resources
  • Business Basics
  • Start-up Kits & Business Plans
  • Industry Information by Small Business Type


Tips for searching:

  • Use the search bar at the top to search by keyword
  • Browse by: Business Ares, Industry Information by Small Business Type, Business Basics, Start-up Kits & Business Plans
  • Check out the popular sources along the bottom
  • Browse start-up information by state in the bottom right-hand box
  • Take a look at small business videos by clicking on the top right-hand box



Want help using Small Business Reference Center ? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

North American Indian Drama — Trial ends 21 March 2015

North American Indian Drama brings together the full text of more than 250 plays American Indian and First Nation playwrights from the 20th century. Many of the plays are previously unpublished or hard to find, and together they provide a wealth of vivid dramatic material that is often overlooked or inaccessible.

Please send additional comments to Stephen Sturgeon.



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