Free Open Workshops: PubMed

PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s index to medical literature and includes over 22 million bibliographic citations in life sciences. This one-hour session will show you how to improve your search results by using subject headings (MeSH) and advanced keyword searching techniques.

This session is hands-on and free for UI students and affiliates. There will be time for questions at the end.

Our next sessions are:

Thursday, June 26, 2-3 pm

Thursday, July 3, 11 am-12 pm

Thursday, July 31, 10-11 am

Wednesday, August 6, 1-2 pm

Location: Hardin Library for the Health Sciences (EAST Information Commons classroom)

Register today or check out our quick tutorial to learn the basics of using PubMed.

Need help? Contact us at or by calling (319) 335-9151.

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Elements of the Practice of Medicine

Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room

June, 2014

RICHARD BRIGHT (1789-1858) and THOMAS ADDISON (1793-1860). Elements of the practice of medicine. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1839.

This rare work represents a joint undertaking by two of the most famous physicians in nineteenth-century Europe. The preface describes it as “a work at once elementary and practical to which [teachers] might refer their pupils as a companion and assistant during the period of their studies.”

Elements lists over sixty diseases and conditions and includes a lucid account of their histories, causes, prognoses, diagnoses, and treatments. Though the style is dated, the descriptions of the diseases excel in accuracy and conciseness. Originally issued in three parts from 1836 to 1839, the work is bound in  a single volume. The intended second volume was never published. Hardin has digitized 17 images from the book. See them here.

Text adapted from Donna Hirst, Curator, John Martin Rare Book Room.

Images: Respectively, Richard Bright, Thomas Addison. Credits: Wikimedia,

Transitioning from RefWorks to EndNote

As the University of Iowa moves to EndNote as its official citation management solution, we at Hardin are here to help with the transition from RefWorks (or any other tool). At this quick workshop, you will learn how to collect your citations and bibliographic data and import them into EndNote.

Our next sessions are:

Thursday, May 29 from 1:30-2 pm

Monday, June 2 from 10-10:30 am

Friday, June 13 from 12:30-1 pm

Location: Hardin Library East Information Commons

Register here. Questions? Call (319) 335-9151 or email us at to learn more.




Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, May 2014: Jean Étienne Dominique Esquirol

Jean Étienne Dominique Esquirol (1772-1840)

Des maladies mentales considérées sous les rapports médical, hygiénique et médicolégal. 2 vols. Brussels : J.B. Tircher, 1838.

An inmate of Bethlem Hospital in 1814, who has been identified as William Norris, from Jean-Étienne Dominique Esquirol's Des maladies mentales. Brussels: Libraire médicale et scientifique de JB Tircher, 1838 [Institute of Psychiatry Historical Collection h/Esq]

Esquirol’s drawing of an inmate of Bethlem Hospital.

As Pinel’s most outstanding pupil, Esquirol so closely followed his teacher’s works that the contributions of the two men are sometimes confused. Like Pinel, Esquirol did not attempt to analyze mental illness from a philosophical standpoint, but sought to classify and describe the various kinds of insanity he encountered in his practice.

Esquirol coined the term monomania, a concept which anticipated the modern view of schizophrenia, and he was the first to distinguish hallucination from illusion.

While at Sâlpetrière, where he succeeded Pinel as chief physician, Esquirol introduced formal instruction in psychiatry and gained support for Pinel’s humanitarian reform movements by lecturing throughout Europe. Des maladies mentales, the work for which he is best known, served as a basic text in psychiatry for over fifty years.

To learn more, visit

Text via Donna Hirst, Curator of Rare Books for the John Martin Rare Book Room at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

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Congratulations to Our 2014 Graduates!

Bryanne Estes will be graduating with a BA in English with a concentration in Transnational and Post-colonial Literature. She plans to look for a job in the publishing field.

Alyssa Grigsby will be graduating with a Master of Arts in Library & Information Science. She is currently searching for a librarian position in an academic library.

Danielle Hoppel is graduating with a BS in Athletic Training.

Madde Hoberg will be graduating with a BA in English, Creative Writing track, and a BA with honors in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies.

Heather Mac Bean is receiving an MA in Library & Information Science. She plans to work as an academic librarian in a specialized library.

Lauren O’Neill will graduate with a BA in Communication Sciences & Disorders. She plans to attend graduate school at the University of Iowa, where she will be working toward a Clinical Doctorate in Audiology.

Mitch O’Neill is graduating with a BS in Human Physiology and a BA in Spanish. He plans to attend University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine in the fall.

Anne Price will receive an MA in Library & Information Science. She hopes to pursue a career in a museum and archives setting or in public library youth services.

Jennifer Rotkiewicz
Jennifer Rotkiewiczis graduating with an MA in Library & Information Science. She is looking for a job in a library setting

Monica Ruiz is receiving a BA in Interdepartmental Studies. She will be getting married in June and looking for a job in the Iowa City area.

Karisa Tuazon will graduate with a BA in Health & Human Physiology. She plans to start the UIHC Nuclear Medicine Technology Bachelor of Science program in the fall.

Liz Zaretsky will be receiving a BA in English and a BA in Political Science with honors. She has been accepted for a position in the White House Office of Digital Strategy.