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Paracelsus, father of toxicology | October 2017 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

PARACELSUS (1493-1541). Opera, Bücher und Schrifften. Strasbourg: In Verlegung L. Zetzners seligen Erben, 1616.

painting of Paracelsus
Portrait of Paracelsus, painter unknown

Philippus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim is universally known as Paracelsus. He was born in Switzerland and educated at Basel. Paracelsus unorthodox ideas and teachings put him in conflict with the orthodox establishment of his revolutionary time and he spent most of his life wandering through Europe as an itinerant physician, chemist, theologian, and philosopher.

Paracelsus ideas were still bound up in alchemy and astrology, and his writings imbued with a mysticism which makes them difficult to interpret.  Paracelsus was usually in advance of his time in the area of practical medicine and attracted many followers. First, he applied chemical techniques to pharmacy and therapeutics. Secondly, in his medical teaching he abandoned the ruling system of humours. Paracelsus believed illness was from a body being attacked by outside agents. He administered specific medications for specific illnesses instead of common cure-alls.

Paracelsus influence on the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries was profound and the work of Helmont is unthinkable without him.  Paracelsus is also credited with creating the terms chemistry, gas, and alcohol.

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Hardin Library’s copy

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.

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World War I – Medical Issues at Home and in the Field | History of Medicine Lecture | Thurs. Oct. 26, 5:30-7pm

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

World War I—Medical Issues at Home and in the Field

Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:30-7:00 p.m.
2117 MERF (Medical Education and Research Facility)

Panel Discussion:

  • Memoirs from the Font
    Dr. Charles Hawtrey, Professor Emeritus, Department of Urology, University of Iowa
  • Gas Warfare
    Dr. Dan Bonthius, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa
  • Shell Shock
    Janet Schlapkohl, Managing Director, Combined Efforts: Celebrating Artists, Changing Perceptions
  • Manufacture of Vitamins and Supplements
    Amanda Bloomer, Wellness Staff, New Pioneer Coop
  • Memoirs and Stories From the Audience
    Dr. Charles Hawtrey 
Nurses and Doctor attending to WWI soldier. Image from Wellcome Library.

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University of Iowa History of Medicine Society calendar 2017/2018

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.

portrait of Shakespeare

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

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
5:30pm-6:30pm
2117 MERF (Medical Education and Research Facility)

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 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.

Leslie Miller | The Resurrection Trade: Finding Poetry in Medical Archives | R. Palmer Howard Dinner, Friday, April 28, 2017

Leslie Miller, Department of English, University of St. Thomas

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to the R. Palmer Howard Dinner for 2017.

Poet Leslie Adrienne Miller will speak on the resurrection trade.  The resurrection trade is the business of trafficking in corpses, one that makes anatomical art possible.  Miller delves into the mysteries of early anatomical studies and medical illustrations and finds stories of women’s lives–sometimes tragic, sometimes comic–as ex-posed as the drawings themselves.

The poems become powerful testimonies to women’s bodies objectified and misunderstood throughout history and bring a new truth to what she calls “the strange collusion of imaginary science and real art.”

Location: Kinnick Center, Radisson Hotel, 1220 1st Avenue, Coralville, Iowa
Friday, April 28, 2017
Reception at 6pm, cash bar with hors d’oeuvres provided
Dinner at 7pm
Presentation at 8pm

Please register and prepay by April 25.  Cost is $10 for students, $40 for everyone else.  Printable HOM 2017 Banquet Registration Form
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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 Janna Lawrence in advance at 319-335-9871.

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Dr. Richard Shope, Flu Research Pioneer | History of Medicine Lecture | Thursday, Jan. 26

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to a lecture by Russell Currier, Past President, American Veterinary Medical History Society.

Iowa’s Richard Edwin Shope MD: His Contributions to Influenza Research and One Medicine/Health

Thursday, January 26, 2017
5:30pm-6:30pm
2117 MERF (Medical Education and Research Facility)

Richard E. Shope, MD

Richard E. Shope MD (1901-1966) was a pioneer microbiologist who investigated a variety of human and animal diseases. Dr. Shope joined the laboratories of the Rockefeller Institute at Princeton to work with Dr. Paul Lewis, the discoverer of polio virus.

In 1928, he left tuberculosis research to investigate hog cholera where he observed his first outbreak of swine influenza. Later he isolated the virus from pigs and its co-pathogen “Haemophilus influenzae suis”, and postulated that the swine virus was related to the human 1918 pandemic virus.

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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