Tour health science mobile resources | workshop Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1-2pm

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Take a tour of some new (and some well-established) apps for your mobile device or smart phone! At this informal brown bag technology meeting, you’ll not only be shown a variety of tools for both academic and clinical use but also invited to share your own examples and experiences. If you don’t have a mobile device, don’t worry: The only necessary smart device is you!

Tuesday, November 15th 1:00 – 2:00pm (Information Commons East, 2nd Floor)

No time for the workshop?  See our mobile resources guide.  Many apps are provided free from library subscriptions including DynaMed Plus and UpToDate.

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History of Torture | History of Medicine Lecture by Robert Rakel, MD | Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30pm

Nazi prisoners in concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, 1938
photo from NARA

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society November lecture by Robert Rakel:
The History of Torture, including the experience of Janusz Bardach 

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Robert Rakel, Professor Emeritus, Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

Thursday, November 17
2117 MERF (Medical Education Research Facility


Torture has existed for most of recorded history.  Until the 2nd Century torture was only used on slaves, on the assumption that slaves could not be trusted to reveal the truth voluntarily.

This talk will focus on doctors who torture, and those who are tortured because they refuse to participate.  Stanley Milgram’s classic study at Yale showed how easily ordinary people can become torturers.

Recent atrocities will be discussed: Russian gulags under Stalin, Germany during WWII, the British in Northern Ireland, and The United States.


Please consider donating online to the University of Iowa History of Medicine Society to sponsor events.

Nazi prisoners in concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, 1938 photo from NARA

Nazi prisoners in concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, 1938
photo from NARA

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program please call Janna Lawrence at 319-335-9871.

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Hey! Engineering Undergrads – We Need Your Help!!




Come and take part in our Usability Study!!

The Engineering Library is looking for engineering undergraduate students with little or no prior experience doing article searching using the Compendex database!

You will help us learn more about preferences for video tutorials versus Guide-on-the-Side tutorials! It only requires one 30-minute visit during which time you’ll complete 3 tasks using different tutorials and then complete a short, 10-question survey.

The study will take place in Seamans Center Room 2228, and for participating you will receive up to $5 in Hawkeye Dollars which can be used at most campus food service locations!

Register for the study and find a time that suits your schedule! Questions? Email Marina Zhang at or call 319.335.5301.

You may register here:

Thanks for your help – we look forward to hearing from you!!

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Systematic Reviews | Free workshops @ Hardin Library

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Are you interested in conducting a systematic review? We have two workshops to help you get started.

Step one-
Systematic Reviews: Nuts and Bolts of a Systematic Review

This class provides a framework for developing a literature search for a systematic review, including:

    • standards and criteria to consider
    • establishing a plan
    • registering a protocol,
    • developing a research question,
    • determining where to search
    • identifying search terms
    • reporting search strategies, and managing references.

 Thursday, November 1o, 2-3pm, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library

Step two-

Systematic Reviews: Literature Searching for the Health Sciences

This class focuses on tips and techniques for carrying out a successful literature search in support of a health sciences systematic review. Topics include

    • techniques for developing search strategies
    • deciding which databases to search
    • how to seek out grey literature for a given topic
    • selecting journals for hand searching, documenting search strategies
    • saving and organizing references.

 Thursday, November 17, 2-3pm, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library

Sign up for these workshops or request personal appointments online or by calling 319-335-9151.

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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Francis Glisson | Anatomia Hepatis | November 2016 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

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FRANCIS GLISSON (1597-1677). Anatomia hepatis. London: Typis DuGardianis, 1654.

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Francis Glisson (1599?-1677)

Glisson was a graduate of Cambridge and Regius professor of physic there for more than forty years, although he was almost never in residence, as he carried on a busy medical practice in London.

Glisson was a founder of the Royal Society and one-time president of the Royal College of Physicians. In this book he gives the first description of the capsule of the liver and describes its blood supply. Here, too, is the description of the sphincter of the bile duct.  In its time, the Anatomia hepatis was the most important treatise thus far on the physiology of the digestive system.

Our library owns a first edition of this work, as well as a 1681 edition published in The Hague.  Other editions came out in 1659 and 1665. Glisson also wrote books on rickets and the intestines.  For more information about Francis Glisson see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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.

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Image from first edition of Anatomia hepatis, 1654



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Data Management for Researchers | Free workshop @Hardin Library | Wed., November 9, 2-3pm


As a result of recent requirements to expand public access to the results of federally funded research, researchers in all disciplines are required to “better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded research.”

The purpose of this workshop is to:

  • explain research data management and its importance,
  • help identify some common data management issues, and
  • learn about best practices and resources that are available to assist researchers.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2:00 – 3:00pm (Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences)

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151

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