Miscellaneous Category


The Father of Biomechanics: Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, 1680-1681

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Borelli. [Image via wikipedia.org]

Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608-1679) was an Italian Renaissance physicist who sought to make mechanical laws applicable to all physiological phenomena. Borelli, who studied at Padua under Galileo, regarded the human body essentially as a machine whose functions could be explained by the laws of physics. He mentored Marcello Malpighi– who went on to become the father of microscopical anatomy– and was instrumental in the foundation of the Iatrophysical school of thought, which used mathematical and physical principles to understand the material world. At his laboratory in Pisa, Borelli made a number of important discoveries about respiration, circulation, and the muscular system. De Motu Animalium is an illustrated study of human and animal muscular exertion.

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Model for an early submarine. [wikimedia.com]


 Hinged elbow joint. [anthrobot.com]       

Bearing weight. [archivioflaviobeninati.com]


Ibn Butlan’s Tacuini Sanitatis (1531)

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The Maintenance of Health by Ibn ButlanImage via the guardian.com, credit Royal Society

This images are from a 14th century translation of Arabic doctor Ibn Butlan, who died circa 1068. Butlan’s title roughly translates to “health report.” The report addresses the impact of nature, emotional states, daily life, and meteorological conditions on health. Butlan wrote that his book concerned “the six things that are necessary for every man in the daily preservation of his health.” These included:

1. “The treatment of air, which concerns the heart.”

2. “The right use of foods and drinks.”

3. “The correct use of movement and rest.”

4. “The problem of prohibiting excessive wakefulness.”

5. “The correct use of elimination and retention of humors.”

6. “The regulating of the person by moderating joy, anger, fear, and distress.”

Illustration from the 15th century edition of Tacuinum Sanitatis by Ibn Butlan.Wine. Image via offi.fr                                                                                                                        Making spaghetti. Image via spaghettiforever.wordpress.com


Hardin’s Winter Hours

Saturday, December 21 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 22 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Monday, December 23 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, December 24 CLOSED
Wednesday, December 25 CLOSED
Thursday – Friday, December 26 – 27 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, December 28 CLOSED
Sunday, December 29 CLOSED
Monday – Tuesday, December 30 – 31 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 1 CLOSED
Thursday – Friday, January 2 – 3 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 4 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, January 5 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday – Thursday, January 6-9 Winter 1 hours begin

Last Day to Find the Reindeer!

December  20 is the last day to find Ed the reindeer! Bring him to the front desk for a prize!

Previous winners


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


Carver College of Medicine Names New Dean

The University of Iowa announced Thursday that Debra Schwinn will become the next dean of the Carver College of Medicine (CCOM).
Read more in this article from the Daily Iowan and online from the CCOM News.


American FactFinder

American FactFinder provides access to the population, housing and economic data collected by the Census Bureau.  You can find information from the 2000 and 2010 Census, American Community Surveys (ACS), Population Estimates and the Economic Census and Surveys. Some of the data from these programs may not be available for rural communities.  Information on Puerto Rico is also available in Spanish.

Searches can be done by:



Race & Ethic Groups

Industry Codes

To start searching American FactFinder, go to http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml


Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, November, 2011

JAKOB RÜFF (1500-1558). De conceptu et generatione hominis.

Lithotomost, surgeon, obstetrician and playwright, Ruff settled in Zurich about 1525 where he served as town physician and taught at the university.  Ruff published his book in both German and Latin in 1554.  A comprehensive handbook, the treatise opens with a discussion of conception, development, and nutrition of the fetus.  The anatomy of the uterus and a set of precepts for pregnant women are followed by a section on parturition including care of the mother and infant.



Hardin Now Open but Still Under Construction

9/23/11:  The 3rd floor stacks are now open and accessible.  The 4th floor remains closed.  Materials needed from the 4th floor can be requested through InfoHawk, for office delivery or pick up at Hardin or another campus library.


9/8/11:  Hardin Library reopened  on Wednesday, August 17, at 7:30 a.m.  However, because renovations are ongoing, some areas are off limits to users and most staff.  Currently, off-limit areas are the 4th floor and the 3rd floor stacks.  The 24-hour study area is open (as of September 8).   The second floor Information Commons and classrooms are open.  The temporary library locations at MERF and the Pharmacy building are now closed.

Questions?  Give us a call at 335-9151 or email us at lib-hardin@uiowa.edu.



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