Exhibits Category


New Exhibit at Hardin

There’s a new exhibit at the Hardin Library, 3rd floor near the front door.

Title:  Cutting for the Stone

This exhibit includes information about lithotomy (the removal of bladder stones), which is perhaps the least well-known of the ancient surgical procedures.  Bladder stones have been recorded as far back as 6,500 B.C.    Hippocrates warned that young physicians should not risk performing the complex procedure but rather rely on lithotomists.  The exhibit highlights famous suffers from the 1600-1700’s. Bizarre facts and records are revealed.

Jean Civiale, in the early 19th century, collected data about optional lithotomy procedures, thus being the first known physician to practice Evidence Based Medicine.

bladder stone
bladder stone


Permanent Exhibit Honors Dr. Hardin

A permanent exhibit honoring Dr. Robert C. Hardin, for whom the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences is named, is now on display near the Library’s 3rd floor entrance.  In addition to performing pioneering research in blood banking and transfusion and in diabetes, Dr. Hardin was instrumental in the current design of the University of Iowa’s health sciences campus.

In addition to the exhibit, more information about Dr. Hardin is available here.picture of Dr. Hardin


The Herbals: Sources of Health and Beauty – Open House

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

The Herbals: Sources of Health and Beauty

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 4:00-7:30

Over 30 Herbals including facsimiles of medieval manuscripts, classic herbals from the 17th and 18 centuries, and 19th century reference books and manuals will be on display.  There will also be a special exhibit on conservation and restoration techniques used on the 17th century Mattioli.


Bonesetters in Europe in the 15th-17th Centuries

There’s a new exhibit at the Hardin Library, 3rd floor near the front door.

The exhibit includes information about the medieval bonesetters along with some medical giants who developed the techniques used by the bonesetters:  Galen, Avicenna, Hans von Gersdorff, Guido Guidi, and Johannes Schultetus.


Check it out.


Exhibit at Hardin: Doctors in the Movies

Doctors in the Movies: a Cinematic History is on exhibit at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences through May 13.

The exhibit explains the way the medical profession–especially doctors–have been portrayed in film over the last 80 years.  Doctors and medical institutions have been depicted as respectful and reverential (Men in White,  Dr. Kildare) to questioning and cynical (The Hospital, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest).  The exhibit also explores the way African American and female  doctors have been portrayed in film over the years.Doctors in the Movies was prepared by Mark Onken, Evening Supervisor at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.


Art and Medicine: Partners through the Centuries

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

Art and Medicine:  Partners through the Centuries

Thursday, March 24, 2011, 4:30-7:30
John Martin Rare Book Room, 4th floor,
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences


New Exhibit: Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine

Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.

An exhibit exploring Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine is currently on display on the third floor of the Hardin Library.    Developed by the National Library of Medicine of the  National Institutes of Health and using materials from the NLM, it will be on display through January 28.


The Apothecary

A new Hardin exhibit offers many practical hints on the care of the human physick.

 A recipe for Ointment of Tar and Opium.  This compound has been found very efficacious in haemorrhoids.

 A recipe for The Draught with Millepedes.  This is given in Hectical Complaints, where the Lungs are supposed to have Schrophulous Tubercles.

 Culpeper’s School of Phyfick.  The soles of the Feet rubbed with good Mustard, helps forgetfulness, and quickens the motion.

 Check out the exhibit and learn how to cure your ailes.


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a month that is dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection.

In honor of this important informational campaign, the Hardin Library has put together a small exhibit on breast cancer. Stop by the third floor of the library to look at some books, or take some information home.


Not Just Another Pretty Face

Not Just Another Pretty Face

Hardin Library’s newest exhibit traces the history of the dubious attempts to divine personality characteristics by analyzing the size, shape, structure, and composition of the human head.  It was Aristotle who coined the term, “physiognomy” to support his own writings and inclinations on the subject. Since that time the notion that character and personality are somehow imprinted in facial features has received considerable attention through a variety of approaches, nearly all of them unsupported by empirical evidence of any kind and many of them used for such nefarious purposes as racial stereotyping and the outright support of bigotry.  The exhibit is located near the 3rd floor entrance to the library.