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John Martin Rare Book Room Open House March 27

The University of Library History of Medicine Society invites you to

Incunabula in a Medical Context

Open House

Thursday, March 27, 4:30-7 pm

  Incunabula are early printed books dating from 1450 to 1500, immediately after the introduction of the printing press.

The John Martin Rare Book Room at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences will be opening its doors on the evening of Thursday, March 27 to let guests take a stroll through the 15th century.  Attendees will be allowed to page through and photograph our 32 incunabula along with select medieval manuscripts and facsimiles (copies), from 1500-1520.

To learn more, visit the Rare Book Room site. Contact Rare Book Room Curator Donna Hirst at (319) 335-9154 or by email at donna-hirst@uiowa.edu.

Don’t miss this chance for a unique glimpse into centuries-old medical scholarship!

Image via lib.cam.ac.uk

Incunabula page from the editio princeps of Lactantius (Italy, 1465).

Manuscript belongs to Cambridge University Library’s Incunabula Project.

 

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William Stewart Halsted, Father of American Modern Surgery: a retrospective

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to hear:

Nicholas P. Rossi, M.D.

Nicholas P. Rossi, Emeritus Professor, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Iowa College of Medicine. Rossi will provide a fascinating look at the life and medical achievements of William Stewart Halsted, considered the father of modern American surgery.

Halsted, who lived from 1852-1922, was one of the “Big Four” professors who founded John Hopkins Hospital. Halsted was an early pioneer for anesthesia and for aseptic technique in surgery, including the use of rubber gloves. Halsted also led a fascinating personal life: he was addicted to cocaine and morphine (which were not illegal during his lifetime) and was considered eccentric by his students. Throughout his lifetime, he was responsible for several innovations and advances in his field, including:

  • Halsted’s law, which states that transplanted tissue will grow only if the host lacks that tissue
  • Halsted mosquito forceps, a type of hemostat
  • Halsted’s operation I, a procedure for inguinal hernia
  • Halsted’s operation II, radical mastectomy for breast cancer
  • Halsted’s sign, used to detect breast cancer
  • Halsted’s suture, a mattress suture for wounds which minimized scarring

Attend this lecture to learn how the major preceding events of Halsted’s time and character ushered in one of the great eras of modern medicine.

This event will be held on Thursday, February 27 from 5:30-6:30 pm in Room 401 at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Find out more here or contact the Rare Book Room with questions at 335-9154 or by emailing donna-hirst@uiowa.edu. Want to know more about this fascinating figure? Read about Halsted at Hopkins Medicine or see his documentary.

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October is National Medical Librarians Month

This month is National Medical Librarian Month and the theme from the Medical Library Association is “Saving You Time So You Can Save Lives.”  Hardin Library offers a variety of services to save you time whether you are a student, faculty, staff, resident, fellow, physician, or other health professional.

Hardin Library Open House
Come celebrate National Medical Librarians Month with us on October 17, 2013 from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the 3rd floor service desk.  We’ll have free refreshments, novelty clocks, and the opportunity for tours of our fascinating building.  You might just find out if Hardin Library is haunted. I can’t tell you, but there may be an answer on our trivia display.

NMLM Display 2013

This display can be found on the third floor of Hardin Library between the service desk and 24 hour study area. This display will be up through the end of October.

10 Ways that Hardin Library Can Save You Time

  1. Hardin Open Workshops – Learn some new skills in our free 1 hour classes.  If the time doesn’t work for you or you’d like to schedule a special session for a group, feel free to contact us. We’re very flexible.
  2. Interlibrary Loan – Don’t settle for an article or book that isn’t exactly what you need for your research. If the University of Iowa doesn’t have the material you need, we can order it from another library. This service is free to our affiliates.
  3. Document Delivery – Do we have something you need, but you can’t leave your office? Maybe it’s too cold to trek across the river to another library. Don’t worry. We can send library materials straight to your office. If you need an article, we will scan the material and email you the PDF.
  4. Subject Guides – Did you know that Hardin librarians have created subject specific guides to put many of the resources you need (databases, books, journals, etc.) all in one convenient location? We don’t want the research process to be as easy as possible.  We’re also happy to take suggestions if you know of something that’s missing from a guide.
  5. Electronic Books – Many of our textbooks are available online, 24/7 both on-campus and off-campus (as long as you have a Hawk ID and password).
  6. Electronic Journal A-Z – Most of our journals are available online, 24/7 both on-campus and off-campus (as long as you have a Hawk ID and password).
  7. High Powered Databases – Don’t waste your time sifting through hundreds of thousands of links from a search engine. Many of our databases offer point of care information or specialized filters to get you the information you need quickly.  And, Hardin Librarians can teach you the most efficient ways to search these databases.
  8. Mobile Resources – Hardin Library supports a wide variety of apps with health sciences information.  We can also help you download apps to your mobile device.
  9. One on One Consultations – Are you struggling to find the information you need? Do you need help using EndNote or RefWorks? Hardin Librarians can meet with you by phone, email, chat, or in person. We can even come to your office!
  10. Personalized Library Liaisons – Hardin Library has different liaisons assigned to different departments so that we can better serve your needs.

National Medical Librarians Month Contest

One way librarians save people time is by answering questions. How many questions were answered by Hardin Library staff in September of 2013? Guess correctly, and you could win a gift card to the Iowa Hawk Shop Tech Connection!

To enter this contest, fill out a registration form at our main service desk on the 3rd floor of Hardin Library. This contest is open to University of Iowa affiliates, only. The winner will be announced in early November.

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New Hardin Exhibit: History of Dentistry

There’s a new exhibit at Hardin, 3rd floor.   “Dentistry:  Innovations and Curiosities”

Stop by to see information on antiquities, medieval practices, the founders of modern dentistry, early dental tools, the early days of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and much more.

Dental Examination, University of Iowa 1920′s;  Tooth key used to extract teeth from the mid-18th to the early 20th century.Tooth keyDentistry exam

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Nuclear Neighborhoods Exhibit at Hardin Library

Logo for nuclear neighborhoodsDeveloped by Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility (I-PSR), Nuclear Neighborhoods is a group of exhibits on display during the month of August at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the Iowa City Public Library, and the Solon Public Library, and at the Iowa Memorial Union during September.

The Nuclear Neighborhoods exhibits trace nuclear energy’s legacy, both as a weapon and as an industry.  For more information about the exhibits, please see http://www.psriowa.org/ .

The Nuclear Neighborhoods project includes public lectures and film screenings held at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street.

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Univ. of Iowa College of Medicine Historical Photographs

University of Iowa College of Medicine Historical Photograhs are now available through the Iowa Digital Library.  The collection includes 194 images from 1844-2010.  The collection is a composite of several collections held at the Hardin Library including two boxes of lantern glass slides from ca. 1910.  The original slides are now housed in the University Archives.  Work to document and compile these images has been active in the Rare Book Room since 2012.  It is with great pleasure that we can now make these images broadly available.

Donna Hirst, Curator
John Martin Rare Book Room   June 26, 2013
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The Black Death : the Plague, 1331-1770 – John Martin Rare Book Room annual Open House

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society and the University Libraries invite you to an Open House in the John Martin Rare Book Room.

The Black Death: the Plague, 1331-1770

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 4:30-7:00

John Martin Rare Book Room, 4th floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Books published  1485-1750 will be on display.    Amidst the chaos, the fear and the despair, rats scurried from home to home.  If you suspect that symptoms of the plague are starting to appear, you need not worry, because a Plague Doctor will be present at the event.

 

picture of Napolean with plague victims

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Celebrate Iowa connection to Silent Spring and sustainability

My Friend, Rachel Carson: Shirley Briggs and the Iowa Connection to Silent Spring

Rachel CarsonFifty years ago, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, a lucid and compelling book about how DDT and other pesticides were damaging the environment and human health. The book called for a change in the way humankind viewed the natural world and became an inspiration for the environmental movement. One of Carson’s staunchest advocates and closest friends was Iowan Shirley Briggs, who met Carson when they worked together at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the 1940s.

To recognize this Iowa connection to Silent Spring  the University of Iowa Libraries and Office of Sustainability are presenting a symposium and exhibition opening, Thursday, Nov. 15, inspired by the extensive collection of Briggs’ diaries, letters, photos and artwork in the Iowa Women’s Archives.

 A Sense of Wonder, a short film about the last days of Rachel Carson as she struggled with cancer, will be shown from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street.

The symposium begins at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in Phillips Hall Auditorium (100 PH), followed by an opening reception in the UI Sciences Library, where an exhibit of Briggs’ photos, writings, art work and memorabilia will be on display through Jan. 7.

See our library guide at http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/carson-briggs for more information on Rachel Carson, Shirley Briggs, and Silent Spring.

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All events are free and open to the public.

 

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Genetics in Literature, Life and the Lab talk on November 1

image of frankenstein

“Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) traveling exhibit that explores  the original novel, adaptations, and cultural uses.  Published in 1818 by Mary Shelley when she was still in her teens, Frankenstein has captivated people ever since, exposing hidden, sometimes barely conscious fears of science and technology. The exhibit considers how Shelley’s unfortunate creature frequently provides a framework for discussions of contemporary biomedical advances such as cloning, which challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human.

The exhibit is on display at the second floor south entrance of University Capitol Centre (UCC) through Nov. 2.

A public talk will echo the exhibit’s themes. “Genetics in Literature, Life, and the Laboratory,” will be the subject of a talk by Ellen Wright Clayton and Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt University professors who have worked together on NIH projects. The talk begins at 7pm., Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A.

A panel discussion follows the talk.  Panelists include Sheldon Kurtz, Law Professor, Dr. Christian Simon, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Bioethics and Humanities, and Amy Sparks, In Vitro Fertilization and Reproductive Testing Lab, UIHC.

For more information on Frankenstein, please see the guide prepared by Hardin Library Staff: http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/frankenstein

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Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature exhibit, activities

 

image of frankenstein

“Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) traveling exhibit that explores  the original novel, adaptations, and cultural uses.  Published in 1818 by Mary Shelley when she was still in her teens, Frankenstein has captivated people ever since, exposing hidden, sometimes barely conscious fears of science and technology. The exhibit considers how Shelley’s unfortunate creature frequently provides a framework for discussions of contemporary biomedical advances such as cloning, which challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human.

The exhibit is on display at the second floor south entrance of University Capitol Centre (UCC) through Nov. 2.

A public talk will echo the exhibit’s themes. “Genetics in Literature, Life, and the Laboratory,” will be the subject of a talk by Ellen Wright Clayton and Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt University professors who have worked together on NIH projects. The talk begins at 7pm., Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A.

A panel discussion follows the talk.  Panelists include Sheldon Kurtz, Law Professor, Dr. Christian Simon, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Bioethics and Humanities, and Amy Sparks, In Vitro Fertilization and Reproductive Testing Lab, UIHC.

For more information on Frankenstein, please see the guide prepared by Hardin Library Staff: http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/frankenstein