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Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, January, 2012

Nicolaas Tulp (1593-1664). Observationes medicae. 1652.

Along with other distinguished anatomists in Holland, Tulp left a rich legacy of anatomical discoveries.  His name is current in the eponym”Tulp’s valve” (the ileocecal valve).  This book contains the first descriptions of beri-beri and of what is probably diphtheria.  Tulp described the condition we know as migraine, the devastating effects to the lungs caused by tobacco smoking, and revealed an understanding of human phychology in a description of the placebo effect.


January, 2012


International Open Access Week, October 24-30

It’s International Open Access Week (Oct 24-30), and we wanted to recognize University of Iowa faculty’s efforts in supporting open access. Who among your collegues supports open access? Check this year’s list of OA Authors, then thank them for publishing in an open access journal.

In addition to publishing in open access journals, faculty can support open access by:
1.Depositing pre-prints, post-prints and associated data files in an open access disciplinary or institutional repository like Iowa Research Online (ir.uiowa.edu).
2.Accepting invitations to referee papers or serving on editorial boards of OA journals.
3.Serving on promotion and tenure committees and making sure that publishing in a peer-reviewed OA journal is not penalized.
4.Working with members of your professional society to make sure they understand open access. Persuading the organization to investigate making its own journals open access.

For more information about Open Access, talk with a librarian or visit the Libraries Open Access website.


4th floor and bookstacks now open

The 4th floor at Hardin is now open.  The bookstacks and open study areas are accessible.

Construction is still occuring in the study rooms–we do not know when they will be available to use.



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.


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

Notes from the JMRBR, October 2011

Thomas Bartholin (1616-1680).  Opuscula nova anatomica, de lacteis thoracicis et lymphaticis vasis.  1670.

Bartholin’s classic treatises on the lymphatics are two of the works reprinted in this collection.  Bartholin first reported  his discovery of the thoracic duct in De lacteis thoracicis in homine brutisque in 1652.  Bartholin was the first to recognize the physiological importance of the lymphatic system.


Problems with Micromedex 2.0 and Firefox browser

Currently, Micromedex 2.0 does not seem to be working with the Mozilla Firefox browser. It does seem to work fine with Google Chrome and with Internet Explorer.

To learn more about this and other known issues with electronic resources, please see the University of Iowa Libraries Electronic Resources: Problems, Tips and FAQ page.


Hardin Library Sim Center participates in rural student career project

As reported in Friday’s Daily Iowan:  http://www.dailyiowan.com/2011/04/08/Metro/22700.html Hardin Library staff participated in Project Hope on Thursday, April 7.


The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine Conference at UI April 21-23

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host a three-day conference focusing on the links between the science of medicine and the art of writing. 

These events are free and open to the public:

Thursday, April 21, 1110A MERF     12:45-2pm     featured presentation by Chris Offutt

Thursday, April 21  6:30pm-7:45pm, Shambaugh Auditorium, UI Main Library     keynote presentation “Reading from Novel Tinkers” by Paul Harding

Friday, April 22  12:45-pm-2pm, 1110A MERF     featured presentation “Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry” by Rachel HadasFind more information or register online at http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/osac/examinedlife/index.htm .



Tour health science apps Tuesday 12-1pm

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!

Feel free to bring your lunch–cold food and drinks are allowed in our library.

Our next session is  in East Information Commons, 2nd floor, Hardin Library.


Micheil Cannistra speaks on “Indian Giver: Lynch Syndrome, The Navajo and the Genetic Revolution”

Micheil  Cannistra.  Winner of the 2008/2009 Sparks Essay Contest, will speak on:  Indian Giver: Lynch Syndrome, The Navajo, and the Genetic Revolution.
Thursday, February 24, 2011, 5:30-6:30

  For decades Dr. Henry Lynch of Creighton University performed research among farm families in Nebraska and beyond in an effort to prove that cancer, particularly colon cancer, could be hereditary. In the 1980s his research brought him to the Navajo Reservation, where he evaluated and provided genetic counseling to several cancer-plagued Native American families. His work there helped prove his controversial hypothesis once and for all, eventually revealing an unexpected overlap between Navajo political and medical history.