March 2016 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library | William Porterfield (1695-1771) | Treatise on the eye

WILLIAM PORTERFIELD (1695-1771). A treatise on the eye, the manner and phaenomena of vision 1st edition. 2 vol. Edinburgh: Printed for A. Miller at London, 1759.

potterfield2Porterfield was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, received his M.D. in 1717 at Rheims, and by 1721 was practicing in Edinburgh.  Porterfield was made a professor at the University of Edinburgh in 1724 but apparently never taught.

Porterfield devoted himself chiefly to research on the physiology of vision, reporting his experiments and observations in this book. Porterfield’s Treatise was carefully read by all of the subsequent great contributors to ophthalmology and visual science for more than a century after its publication.

 One of the most erudite of 18th century medical authors, Porterfield quoted widely from both the ‘old’ and ‘modern’ authors of his day. This  book’s greatest strength, however, lies in numerous original experiments and observations about visual physiology.

You may view this book 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.

Medical History Innovation : Selected Pioneers | John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin | Open House, Thurs. March 31, 4-7pm


Curie. Traité de radioactivité. 2 vols. Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1910.

Visit the annual Open House in the John Martin Rare Book Room at Hardin Library on Thursday, March 31 from 4-7pm.

34 books will be on display, with a focus on medical innovations from 1527-1936.

For more information on the History of Medicine Society, or to donate, please see:



Learn to find nursing and allied health literature | CINAHL | Workshop March 1, 11am-12pm

CINAHL_Plus_Logo-04This hands-on session will demonstrate how to use CINAHL effectively to find high quality nursing and allied health literature.
Learn to select the most appropriate search terms and practice searching.
Open to all skill levels!
Our session is:
Tuesday, March 1, 11am-12pm

No time for the workshop?  Request a personal session or sign up for our other workshops online.

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Contagion | Film and Panel Discussion | Hardin Library Film Series | March 24, 6pm

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RSVP for Hardin Library’s second film screening and panel discussion as a part of our inaugural film series! We’ll be showing the film at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences beginning at 6pm on Thursday, March 24th. If you are able to join us, please RSVP online contagion box

We will be screening Contagion, a feature film that offers a realistic portrayal of a pandemic in the 21st century. Joining us for our panel discussion will be Dr. Loreen A. Herwaldt from the Department of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Dr. Margaret Chorazy from the Department of Epidemiology.

Come for the feature film and movie snacks, stay for a stimulating discussion about global pandemics and the public-health response to such a crisis. For more information about the film or the panelists, please go to:

The screening will be held in Room 401 in Hardin Library.
Directions & parking
Bus? Take Pentacrest Cambus to VA Loop stop.


ClinicalKey available for iOS and Android mobile devices


ClinicalKey provides access to more than 1100 medical texts published by Elsevier, articles from more than 500 journals, practice guidelines, drug information, and patient education handouts. Users must log in to (free for UI affiliates) personal accounts to download PDFs.

1. Open the App Store on your mobile device.
2. Search for “ClinicalKey” and install at no charge.
3. Once in the app, two options will appear – Click on ClinicalKey.
4. Enter your username and password used for accessing PDFs.
If you do not have a username and password yet, follow steps 5-7.
5. Go to
6. Click on the Register link at the top right of the screen.
7. Create a personal account using your Iowa email.
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Authors workshop on scholarly publishing, rights, NIH public access | Thursday, Feb. 25, 11am-12pm

Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director of Hardin Library
Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director of Hardin Library

Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director of Hardin Library

The NIH Public Access Policy, which assures that all articles arising from NIH-sponsored research are freely available within a year after publication, is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to changes in the scholarly publishing.

Participants will learn more about these trends and to discuss experiences with publishing.

Workshop is  Thursday, February 25th, 11a-12p – East Commons, 2nd Floor.

Register online for this and our other workshops or by calling 319-335-9151.


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Gender, Memory & Authority in the Early Modern Medical Print Marketplace | Lecture, Thursday, Feb. 25, 5:30pm

Elizabeth Yale

Elizabeth Yale, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Iowa Center for the Book, will give a talk on
Gender, Memory, and Authority in the Early Modern Medical Print Marketplace.
Thursday, February 25, 5:30-6:30pm
2117 Medical Education Research Facility (MERF) map

school of phylickIn 17th and early 18th-century Britain, medical practitioners, whether physicians, midwifes, apothecaries, or self-trained purveyors of astrological, chemical, and herbal remedies, built their careers out of a diverse range of activities.

They treated patients, made and sold medicines, wrote and published books, built collections of books and curiosities, and engaged in related scientific activities, such as natural history, chemistry, and experimental philosophy.

This talk will examine how and why medical practitioners engaged with print publication. Considering, in particular, cases of posthumous publication, Dr. Yale asks: how did medical practitioners establish (or attempt to establish) authority and authorship in the medical print marketplace?

This talk is sponsored by The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society, and is free and available to all.

Parking?  Use the Newton Road Ramp.

Cambus?  Take Pentacrest Route Bus to MERF/Newton Road Ramp

Donate to History of Medicine Society at UI

Scopus & Web of Science | Workshop Tuesday, Feb. 16 10am

Web of science

Scopus and Web of Science databases are multidisciplinary and allow you to measure scholarly impact. Most citations that are in EMBASE are also in Scopus.

This hands-on session will demonstrate:

1) how to quickly find the articles you need for you research or systematic review in each database
2) how to track an article’s cited and citing references in each database
3) how to find journal Impact Factors using the Journal Citation Index in Web of Science
4) how to determine an author’s H-index using Scopus.

Our next session is:
Tuesday, February 16th, 10-11a – East Commons

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.  If this time doesn’t work for you, you may also request a personal session online.

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