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The Physician's Art: Representations of Art and Medicine

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Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A. 2000 Paperback New 0967294614. FLAWLESS COPY, PRISTINE, NEVER OPENED--141 pages--DESCRIPTION: From early times, artists have been involved in the ... life and work of the physician in a variety of ways. Members of the medical professions have, in their turn, been central in shaping the visual canon of their profession, from the grandiose drama of the corpse anatomy theater to the intricately worked ivory and metal tools of their trade. The Physician's Art celebrates the diversity and achievements of such collaborations, looking beyond the traditional boundaries of art to the books and artifacts used by physicians since the fifteenth century and inviting us to ponder their role and that of medicine in the culture of their time and our own. Published as a companion catalogue to an exhibit of more than one hundred rare and remarkable "medical art" objects that was curated by Julie V. Hansen at the Duke University Museum of Art, this richly illustrated book includes an introductory e Read more Show Less

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From early times, artists have been involved in the life and work of the physician in a variety of ways. Members of the medical professions have, in their turn, been central in shaping the visual canon of their profession, from the grandiose drama of the corpse anatomy theater to the intricately worked ivory and metal tools of their trade. The Physician’s Art celebrates the diversity and achievements of such collaborations, looking beyond the traditional boundaries of art to the books and artifacts used by physicians since the fifteenth century and inviting us to ponder their role and that of medicine in the culture of their time and our own.

Published as a companion catalogue to an exhibit of more than one hundred rare and remarkable “medical art” objects that was curated by Julie V. Hansen at the Duke University Museum of Art, this richly illustrated book includes an introductory essay by distinguished art historian Martin Kemp. Demonstrating how the practice of medicine and our understanding of disease and the human body have gone hand in hand with the development of techniques in art—combined with such inventions as the camera and the microscope—this book presents works that range from the fifteenth century to the twentieth, from Europe to the Far East and Africa, from detailed medical illustrations to photographs of ivory manikins and an amputation saw.

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Editorial Reviews

John E, Skandalakis
A beautiful book . . . . If Ludwig Choulant, the author of History and Bibliography of Anatomic Illustrations (1865), the first scholarly book on the graphic arts in medicine, had been privileged to view The Physician's Art, he surely would have exclaimed ‘Well done!’
Journal of the American Medical Association
Jonathon Keats
By collecting in one place medical-school mannequins and gross anatomy primers and the tools and tinctures with which the machinery of health has been primed ever since Andreas Vesalius first put blade to cadaver in the 16th century, the exhibition and catalog open up a whole doctor’s bag of questions about the compromises the physician must strike between life and death if he’s to maintain free passage across the pathways of medicine. . . . A catalog handsome enough to mingle on a coffee table with the likes of Vanity Fair.
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Therese Jones
Meticulously researched and beautifully constructed. . .
Medical Humanities Review
Booknews
Prepared in conjunction with an exhibition at the Duke University Museum of Art (November 1999 -- January 2000), this book showcases 59 pieces from four medical school collections. The (mostly) full-page reproductions feature objects such as surgical tools and ivory manikins, as well as a wide variety of anatomical illustrations; they range from Europe to the Far East and Africa, and from the 15th to the 20th century. The explanatory text is carefully written and, like the audience it will interest, reaches across the disciplines of art, history, and science. Hansen is an art historian researching art and science in 17th-century Amsterdam; Porter is curator of the Duke University Medical Center Library's History of Medicine Collections; and Martin Kemp (who wrote the foreword), is an art historian (Oxford U.) who has written extensively on the relationships between representation in art and science. The book is distributed by Duke U. Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967294612
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 141
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie V. Hansen, an art historian and recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, specializes in seventeenth-century art and science.

Suzanne Porter is Curator of the History of Medicine Collections at the Duke University Medical Center Library. Martin Kemp is both Professor of the History of Art at Oxford University and British Academy Wolfson Research Professor. He is the author of a number of books, including Leonardo da Vinci: The Marvellous Works of Nature and Man.

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