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Heirs of Hippocrates

The Development of Medicine in a Catalogue of Historic Books


Many individuals were involved in the making and maintenance of this work (acknowledgements for the printed volume are included in the introduction and preface to the Third edition.). Naturally, continued thanks must be given to the late Dr. John Martin who assembled and donated his magnificent collection to the University of Iowa Libraries. It was also Dr. Martin who originally proposed assembling a book catalog based on the collection, gave the book its name, and helped compile, edit, and annotate many of the entries in the first three editions. Special mention must also go to Richard Eimas, former Curator of the John Martin Rare Book Room and compiler and editor of the third edition, who had the foresight in the late 1980’s to transcribe the entries into a database while the work was being edited. His efforts were continued by James Duncan (see below) who with Will Kalkhoff (a former UI graduate student), successfully mapped and exported the database to Microsoft Access.

Primary recognition for the production of the original electronic version must be given to Linda Roth, Hardin Library Web Producer, who oversaw the importation of the records into FileMaker Pro, migrated the database to a web server, designed the layout and searching interface, supervised the proofing and corrections of the entries, administered the testing and saw the work through to completion. This project would not have been possible without her considerable talents and energy.

Additional acknowledgement is owed to ITS Academic Technologies and ITS Systems & Platform Administration, especially Andrew Rinner, for hosting the database and providing excellent FileMaker Pro support. And to University Libraries IT staff, Andrew Holland, Ken Clinkenbeard, and Noah Doershuk for migrating the database to its current format, redesigning the website, and for their continued technical support.

Special thanks are also due to the following Hardin Library staff members:

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