John Martin Rare Book Room Open House

May 3, 2023

03:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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Join us on May 3, 2023, from 3 to 7 p.m. for the annual John Martin Rare Book Room Open House with featured speaker Greta Nettleton. The open house will run from 3 to 6 p.m. and highlight historical works on women’s health and those by or about women practitioners, including new acquisitions.

Ms. Nettleton, the author of The Quack’s Daughter: A True Story About the Private Life of a Victorian College Girl, published by the University of Iowa Press in 2014, will speak from 6 to 7 p.m. about THE GREAT FORGETTING: The Prominent Role of Women in 19th-century Midwestern Medicine. Her talk will dig into the history of the University of Iowa College of Medicine, the first fully co-educational medical school in the nation, and the hidden history of its first female graduates.

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