The Black Death: The Plague, 1331-1770 The Black Death: The Plague, 1331-1770 | online exhibit from The John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

picture of plague victim
picture of plague victim

English School, The Black Death, 1348. Source: Scholars Resource: Bridgeman Art Library

The March, 2013 John Martin Rare Book Room open house featured books and art on The Plague.

Alice M. Phillips edited the original exhibit materials and designed an online exhibit: The Black Death.


The plague in Winterthur in 1328. Lithograph by A. Corrodi,
Credit: Wellcome Library, London.


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Lecture: Attracted to Ill Humors, or What Hope for Shakespeare’s Cachexic Couples? | Thurs., May 18, 5:30pm

portrait of Shakespeare

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to a lecture by Kirilka Stavrena, Professor of English at Cornell College.

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Kirilka Stavrena

 Attracted to Ill Humors, or What Hope for Shakespeare’s Cachexic Couples? 

Professor Stavrena will explore the relationships of Hamlet and Ophelia from Hamlet and Katherina and Petruchio from The Taming of the Shrew.

Thursday, May 18
2117 MERF (Medical Education and Research Facility)

Please consider donating online to the University of Iowa History of Medicine Society to sponsor events.

 Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program please call Janna Lawrence at 319-335-9871.

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Interim, shorter hours begin Saturday, May 13

Hardin Library will be open less hours for the rest of May, beginning on Saturday, May 13.
The 24-hour study will be available when the library is closed.  Apply for access to the 24-hour study at the 3rd Floor Service Desk.

Library hours for May, 2017

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Saturdays 10am-2pm

Sundays 12pm-4pm

Monday-Thursdays  7:30am-9pm

Fridays 7:30am-6pm

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 29th for the Memorial Day holiday.

See complete list of hours online.

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Congratulations to our Spring 2017 Graduates!

graduation caps flying in air

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Jennifer Lam-Lu

Jennifer Lam-Lu is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Global Health track.  Jennifer is currently looking for a job in sales or administration but is also considering teaching abroad.  Jennifer liked working in the Hardin Library because of the friendly atmosphere.


Azzah Nasraddin will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work with Honors and University Honors.  Azzah will receive minors in Arabic, Psychology, Global Health and a Certificate of Critical Cultural Competency.  After graduating she will be looking for a job anywhere in the world, and is strongly considering Peace Corps.  Azzah loved helping provide a friendly atmosphere where people study, collaborate, and learn.  She enjoyed special events like finals week popcorn and coffee.

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Azzah Nasraddin

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Skyler Gonzalez

Skyler Gonzalez will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Media Track and a certificate in Sustainability.  Skyler would like to stay in the Iowa City area and is currently searching for a job in public relations that focuses on sustainability.
Nicole (Nikki) McCubbin will be receiving a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science with distinction.  Nikki is currently looking for librarian jobs across the USA.  She is interested in special collections, archives, preservation, collection development, health sciences, law libraries, public or academic libraries.  Nikki also has a law degree and may also look for jobs requiring legal expertise.   Nikki enjoyed working at the reference desk because she likes to discover new information and learn search strategies.  She also liked everyone she worked with and especially working with a broad range of library users and teaching them new skills.

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Nicole McCubbin

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Elana Becker


Elana Becker will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science.  Elana will be working in environmental education and wildlife conservation–saving the planet!  Elana liked working at the Hardin Library because the library is a calm environment and abundant treats were provided.









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Shakespeare and Medicine @Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

portrait of Shakespeare

Hardin Library is examining medicine through the eyes of William Shakespeare this month.

portrait of Shakespeare

Shakespeare, perhaps by John Taylor

Currently on display on Hardin’s 3rd floor is the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit, “And There’s the Humor of It:” Shakespeare and the Four Humors.  In 16th century England, four bodily humors were thought to influence physical and mental health. Four temperaments – sanguine, choleric, melancholic, and phlegmatic – were equated with the four humors – blood, bile (or yellow bile), melancholy (or black bile), and blood. The exhibit explores the four humors as they appear in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, and The Taming of the Shrew. More information on the exhibit can be found online.



picture of Kirilka Stavrena

Kirilka Stavrena, Professor of English, Cornell College

A presentation exploring the humors, Attracted to Ill Humors, or What Hope for Shakespeare’s Cachexic Couples?, will be hosted by the History of Medicine Society on May 18th, at 5:30 pm in MERF Room 2117. Kirilka Stavrena, Professor of English at Cornell College, will explore the relationships of Hamlet and Ophelia from Hamlet and Katherina and Petruchio from The Taming of the Shrew.




Also on display on Hardin’s 3rd floor is an exhibit highlighting books from Shakespeare’s era that can be found in the John Martin Rare Book Room. Early Modern England: Medicine, Shakespeare, and Books features examples of common medical beliefs of the time, including the humors, herbals, and “monsters.”

A timeline of medical history shows that the 1555 2nd edition of Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica was published just nine years before Shakespeare’s birth, and that Harvey’s discovery of blood circulation occurred in 1628, after Shakespeare’s death in 1616. The exhibit also describes doctors found in Shakespeare’s plays and scientists who were his contemporaries. This exhibit was prepared by John Martin Rare Book Room Curator Donna Hirst, with assistance by Rare Book Room student assistant Caroline Hogan.

If you would like to read more about Shakespeare and the humors, the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division has posted a list of readings at


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Time to renew your books for 2018 | Books checked out now due Summer, 2018

Books checked out by Faculty and Professional Staff  will be due on June 4, 2018.

Books checked out by Graduate or Undergraduate Honors students will be due on June 27, 2018.

You may renew books due in June 2017 so they will now be due in June 2018.  Renew online, or bring your books in-person to any University of Iowa Library.  If you have 5 books or less, you may also call us to renew at 319-335-9151.

If you have questions about due dates or renewing materials, please contact Michelle Dralle by email ( or by phone at 319-335-9876.

If you would like to return materials by campus mail, please send them to:
Name: Michelle Dralle
Department: Hardin Library Returns
Building: 324 HLHS

If you would like to return materials by postal mail, please send them to:
Michelle Dralle
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
600 Newton Road
Iowa City, IA 52242


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Librarian Eric Rumsey retires | 35 years of service @Hardin Library

photo of Eric Rumsey

photo of Eric RumseyEric Rumsey, one of Hardin Library’s most senior employees, retired on April 3, 2017.

As Web Services Librarian, Eric most recently worked on Hardin Libraries Twitter @hardinlib, and conducted research on searching PubMed and Embase for plant-based foods and other nutrition-related topics.  He also taught classes on library resources such as Embase and provided reference services.

Eric was an internet pioneer, building and maintaining Hardin Meta Directory (HardinMD), an early subject directory of quality health information that later included pictures. Hardin MD pictures were used for teaching, research and in many publications.  Hardin Meta Directory was one of the top 5 sites for consumer health information in the late 1990s.  Hardin MD will be retired on June 30, 2017 with Eric’s blessing.

Eric had degrees in botany from Earlham College and Indiana University, and a MLS from Indiana University.  His interest in botany led to his research and writing on plant-based nutrition and foods.

Eric is staying in Iowa City and will spend his retirement with his family, reading and gardening.  He and his wife Christine are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first grandchild in August.



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Got to measure scholarly impact? H-index, Impact factors, Eigenfactor | Workshop Tuesday, April 25, 1-2pm @Hardin Library

Xiaomei Gu, Clinical Education Library, Adjunct Professor, College of Pharmacy

This class will teach participants how to use tools such as Ulrich’s, Journal Citation Reports, Web of Science, and Scopus to determine the impact that journals, articles, and authors have had on a particular field.  Focus will be on health sciences, but techniques are relevant for many disciplines.  Topics such as impact factors, Eigenfactors, and H-indices will also be discussed.
For individual instruction on this topic, please contact your liaison librarian.

Tuesday, April 25th, 1:00pm-2:00pm (East Information Commons, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences)

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

 Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Hardin Library Reference Desk in advance at or 319-335-9151.

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Jean Cruveilhier | April 2017 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

JEAN CRUVEILHIER (1791-1874). Anatomie pathologique du corps humain. 2 vols. and atlas. Paris: J.-B. Baillière, 1829-1842.

Jean Cruveilhier

In the nineteenth century pathology came into its own, based on increasingly accurate knowledge of pathological anatomy. Cruveilhier was the first occupant of the newly established chair of pathology at the University of Paris. Cruveilhier was the first to give an adequate description of disseminated sclerosis and of progressive muscular atrophy, now known as multiple sclerosis. He also described and named, for the first time, hypertrophic pyloric stenosis and ulceration of the stomach due to hyperacidity. His system of pathology, which erroneously taught that “phlebitis dominates all pathology,” was permanently discredited by Virchow’s later work. This atlas contains some of the finest illustrations of gross pathology ever made. They are colored lithographs, done by the anatomical illustrator, Antoine Chazal.

You may view this book in the John Martin Rare Book Room, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Make a gift to the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences by donating online or setting up a recurring gift with The University of Iowa Foundation.

Diesease of the larynx by Antoine Chazal

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