A blog about scientific and medical visualization and all that’s involved.

The Physician’s Art

Posted by Janet on April 18, 2008


In 1999, the Duke University Museum of Art (DUMA) presented an exhibit on the art of medicine. Along with that exhibit came a catalog titled “The Physician’s Art,” composed with high quality prints and descriptions of works that were part of the exhibit. The catalog focuses on Western medicine, covering works from as early as the 1500s to the 1900s. The range of works include anatomical illustrations, scientific illustrations of medicinal plants, surgical tools, and anatomical mannequins (as shown on the cover). This is definitely worth a look if you are interested in historical medical illustration.

“The Physician’s Art” by Julie V. Hansen and Suzanne Porter, from the collections of Duke University, East Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University, is available used on or check your local library. Also check out the book reviews from PubMed and the NYU Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database.


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