Learn how to find results in PubMed with our free workshops

PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s index to the medical literature and includes over 22 million bibliographic citations in life sciences.

Learn how to use MeSH subject headings and use advanced techniques to find better results, faster.

Our sessions this semester:

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

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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.

Transplant Library : new evidence-based infromation on solid organ transplantation

The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences has access to Transplant Library through June 30, 2015.

Transplant Library provides access to evidence-based information on all aspects of solid organ transplantation including:

  • Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) from 1970-present
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analysis of good quality from 2008
  • Expert reviews

Searching the Transplant Library does not require special skills so it may be used by clinicians, researchers and other related health professionals in organ transplantation.

If you have comments about Transplant Library, please send them to Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.



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Smart Search under maintenance

Smart Search will be undergoing maintenance for the next couple days, and results may be incomplete.  The repair may be finished by Sunday, January 18.  We will post an update when it is ready to use.

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Lecture on Pain, Global Inequality, Palliative Care and Human Rights at MERF January 22

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to hear Christopher de Boer, MS, 2nd year Carver College of Medicine Student and winner of the Robert D. Sparks Writing Contest.

Mr. de Boer will speak on “The Price of Pain: Examining Global Inequality in Palliative Care and a Human Rights Response” on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 5:30pm-6:30pm in the Medical Education Research Facility (map)  room 2117.

picture of Christopher de Boer








For more information on the History of Medicine Society, or to donate, please see:  http://hosted.lib.uiowa.edu/histmed/index.html .

Winter Holiday hours @Hardin Library

photo by Larry Krause

photo by Larry Krause

Special Hours – Winter Break
Saturday, December 20 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, December 21 Noon – 4:00pm
Monday – Wednesday, December 22-24 7:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday – Sunday, December 25-28 CLOSED
Monday – Wednesday, December 29-31 7:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday, January 1 CLOSED
Friday, January 2 7:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, January 3 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, January 4 Noon – 4:00pm
Monday – Thursday, January 5-8 7:30am – 9:00pm
Friday, January 9 7:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, January 10 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, January 11 Noon – 4:00pm
Monday – Thursday, January 12-15 7:30am – 9:00pm
Friday, January 16 7:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, January 17 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, January 18 Noon – 9:00pm
Monday, January 19 CLOSED
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Thanksgiving Hours @Hardin Library

picture of pumpkin pie

photo by browniesfordinner@flickr

Thanksgiving Hardin Library Hours

Saturday Nov. 23 Closed/Football
Sunday Nov. 24 Noon-9pm
Monday Nov. 25 7:30am-6pm
Tuesday Nov. 26 7:30am-6pm
Wednesday Nov. 27 7:30am-6pm
Thursday Nov. 28 Closed/Thanksgiving
Friday Nov. 29 Closed/Football
Saturday Nov. 30 10:00am-2pm
Sunday Dec. 1 Noon-Midnight


24 hour study available when library is closed

Information Commons closes 15 minutes before the building

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Vesalius Turns the Page on Ancient Medicine Lecture @Hardin Library Thursday, November 20

portrait of VesaliusThe University of Iowa History of Medicine Society, The Classics Department, and the Center for the Book invite you to a lecture by Daniel Garrison, Emeritus Professor, Department of Classics, Northwestern University on “Vesalius Turns the Page on Ancient Medicine.”  The lecture is free and open to the public.  The lecture will be held on Thursday,  November 20 from 5:30pm-6:30pm at The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

This talk concentrates on the procedural contributions Vesalius made in his 1543 De humani corporis fabrica. Vesalius began his medical studies at the University of Paris, which was still a conservative institution that relied heavily on readings from Galen and later Medieval summaries and required little or no dissection, even of animals. Vesalius introduced a new regimen at the University of Padua that called for  dissection by the students  and visual testing of anatomy rather than dependence upon books.

from De humani corporis fabrica

Skeleton from De Humani Corporis Fabrica

De humani corporis fabrica is one of the most important anatomy books ever published, and the John Martin Rare Book Room owns a first edition.  You may view this book or others from our collection by visiting the John Martin Rare Book Room.  Some images are also available in the Iowa Digital Library.