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Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, May 2013

ADDISON (1793-1860). On the constitutional and local effects of disease of the supra-renal capsules. London: S. Highley, 1855.

Possessed of rather rude demeanor, Addison nevertheless had a large practice. He was a brilliant lecturer and diagnostician and one of the most respected physicians at Guy’s Hospital, devoting himself almost wholly to his students and patients.

The present work is one of the truly remarkable medical books of the nineteenth century and has long been among the principal desiderata for medical book collectors. Addison describes here for the first time two chronic diseases of the adrenal gland: Addison’s disease and pernicious anemia (Addison’s anemia), the most important primary disease of the blood.

The work is supplemented by several fine hand-colored lithographs. Addison’s discoveries were never widely recognized by his contemporaries, yet today they are regarded as fundamentally significant in the study of the endocrine glands and the treatment of pleuriglandular diseases.

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Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, April 2013

History of Medicine Society Presentations and Events 2013/2014

Thursday, September 26, 2013,  5:30-6:30.    Dayle DeLancey, Asst. Professor, Dept of Medical History & Bioethics, Univ. of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  “African American Print Culture and the History of Medicine”.

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 5:30-6:30.   Russell Currier, Past President, American Veterinary Medical History Society, “2,000 Year History of Scabies: From Humoral Beliefs to Contagion to Modern Understanding”.

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 5:30-6:30.    K. Lindsay Eaves, MA, PhD candidate. Research Asst., UI Biological Anthropology Lab and  Report Manager for Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc., Anamosa, IA,  “An Uncorseted Life: The Medical Basis of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker’s Suffrage and Dress Reform Activism”.

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 5:30-6:30.    Asitha Jayawardena, Medical student, Univ. of Iowa.  Winner of Sparks Essay Contest. “Expedited ‘Diffusion of Innovation’: A reflection on the Ponseti Method in the current era of medicine”.

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 5:30-6:30.    H. Stanley Thompson, Emeritus Prof. Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Univ. of Iowa, “Abraham Flexner’s Contributions to the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine”.

Thursday, March 27, 2014,  4:30-7:00     John Martin Rare Book Room, 4th floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa   “Open House in the John Martin Rare Book Room”

Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:00-9:00 History of Medicine Society Banquet.   W. Bruce Fye, Professor of Medicine and Medical History, Mayo Clinic, “Franklin Roosevelt’s Secret ‘Serious Heart Ailment’ and the 1944 Presidential Campaign.” Location to be determined.

 

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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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Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, 2013

Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room    March 2013

GASPARE ASELLI (1581-1626). De lactibus sive lacteis venis. Milan: Apud Jo. Bapt[ist]am Bidellium, 1627.

Aselli was born at Cremona, studied medicine at Pavia receiving degrees in medicine, surgery, and philosophy. He spent his professional career as a surgeon in Milan performing many anatomical and physiological experiments including those that led to his rediscovery of the lymphatic vessels. The lymphatics had been described earlier but no one had been successful in identifying their functional significance. Aselli wrote many unpublished notebooks and papers to record his work on medical subjects including surgery, therapeutics, recurring calculi, anal fistulas, and poisonous drugs. The latter was important because it was the first time drugs had been classified by their clinical effects and toxic actions. While vivisecting a dog to demonstrate the recurrent nerves and diaphragm, he discovered a network of mesenteric vessels that contained a milky white fluid. He had uncovered the mesenteric lymphatic vessels which he called the lacteals. After repeated experimentation, he concluded that they lead into the liver which was believed to be the central organ of the venous system. It remained for Pecquet to correct Aselli’s misconception when he discovered the thoracic duct in 1651. The woodcuts are treated in a very spirited manner and in colored chiaroscuro. The wood blocks are the earliest anatomical illustrations in color printing.

 

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The Demise of Stonewall Jackson lecture available on YouTube

Stonewall Jackson Dr. Wayne Richenbacher presented a lecture on The Demise of Stonewall Jackson at the Hardin Library on January 24, 2013.

See a video of the talk on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5AFymfHIHU  

Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, commander of the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville during the American Civil War. He died eight days later. This talk will focus on Jackson the brilliant military strategist– Hunter Holmes McGuire the chief surgeon of Jackson’s Corps–and medical care provided to Jackson following his injury.

 

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Kathy Fait to speak on “The History of the State Hygienic Laboratory at the Univ of Iowa”

Kathy Fait,  Librarian, State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa

 “The History of the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa”   Thursday, February 28, 2013 5:30-6:30  Room 401, Univ. of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

In 1904, some of the most common health concerns for Iowans were also some of the most deadly.  Typhoid fever, tuberculosis, rabies and diphtheria all were tested at the State Hygienic Laboratory during its first year in operation.  Today, the state agency tests for a long list of reportable diseases; examines samples of air, water and soil; “fingerprints” and helps track foodborne illnesses; screens newborn babies for metabolic diseases; identifies influenza and other communicable diseases to the DNA level; and helps public health agencies at both the national and state level to keep people safe.

This presentation chronicles the Hygienic Laboratory’s evolution from diphtheria to Salmo-nella, and the stories behind the testing.

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Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, February 2013

SAINT HILDEGARD (1098-1179). Physica. Strasbourg, 1533.

Hildegard, called Hildegard of Bingen, was eight years old when her family placed her in a nearby Benedictine convent where she subsequently became a nun. She founded and was Abbess of a convent near Bingen, Germany.  Hildegard’s writings are primarily mystical and theological; however, she also wrote several medical works. Her medical knowledge was acquired by reading, observation, and her duties in the convent which included care and treatment of other nuns as well as travelers and villagers. Hildegard shows how clergy of the time practiced medicine. She included time-tested formulations, numerous folk remedies, and her observations of diseases and cures. She lists the therapeutic merits of over 200 plants, 50 trees, and 20 precious stones. She includes the medicinal value of varieties of fish, birds, animals, reptiles, and metals. She was aware that lead and brass were poisonous and that iron and copper were valuable constituents of tonics. The wood-block illustrations have little relationship to her textual material. The blocks depict a seated patient surrounded by physicians and an attendant and a traditional wound-man.

 

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Wayne Richenbacher to speak on Stonewall Jackson Case Study

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

Wayne Richenbacher, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Iowa

The Demise of Stonewall Jackson: A Civil War Case Study

 

Thursday, January 24, 2013 5:30-6:30;   Room 401, Univ. of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, commander of the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville during the American Civil War. He died eight days later. This talk will focus on Jackson the brilliant military strategist, Hunter Holmes McGuire the chief surgeon of Jackson’s Corps and medical care provided to Jackson following his injury.

This talk is available as a YouTube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5AFymfHIHU

Stonewall Jackson

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Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, December 2012

PROSPER ALPINI (1553-1617). De medicina Aegyptiorum. Paris: Apud viduam Gulielmi Pelé, & Joannem Duval, 1646.

Alpini, an Italian physician and botanist, graduated from Padua and traveled through Greece, Crete, and Egypt from 1580 to 1583. Following his travels, he returned to Padua where he remained as professor of botany and director of the botanical garden until his death. This work was one of several books that resulted from his travels and is a comprehensive account of medicine as it was practiced in Egypt.

While in Egypt  Alpini studied its plant life ; his work, De plantis Aegypti  liber, includes over seventy full-page illustrations of Egyptian plants, among them the earliest representations of the coffee and cotton plants. Also included in this work is Alpini’s, De balsam, which sets forth, in the form of a dialogue between an Egyptian and a Hebrew physician, the merits and uses of balsam.

Alpini illustration

 

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Marquis Berrey to speak to History of Medicine Society

The Univ. of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to hear Marquis Berrey, Asst Prof, Classics, Univ of Iowa

Performance and Power: Medical Attitudes toward Technology in the Hellenistic Period
Thursday, November 29, 2012, 5:30-6:30
Room 401, Univ. of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

The Hellenistic period in the ancient Mediterranean (c.323-31 BCE) saw the invention of screws, pistons, and steam-driven toys, along with numerous advances in the size and scale of weaponry.  What influence did these developments have on the use of mechanics in contemporary medicine?  Marquis Berrey will investigate the different responses of three royal physicians, whose attitudes toward technology can be correlated with their understanding of the social power and performance of medicine.