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  1. The Art of Medicine: Over 2,000 Years of Images and Imagination
    The Art of Medicine: Over 2,000 Years of Images and Imagination
    The Art of Medicine: Over 2,000 Years of Images and Imagination
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  2. The Art of Medicine: Over 2,000 Years of Images and Imagination

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Since ancient times people have depended on medical practitioners to enhance life, to treat illness and injuries, and to help reduce pain and suffering. The scientifically based discipline that we know today stands beside diverse traditions, belief systems, and bodies of medical knowledge that have evolved in fascinating ways across cultures and continents. Throughout this history, successive generations have created artistic representations of these varied aspects of medicine, illustrating instruction manuals, documenting treatments, and creating works of art that enable individuals to express their feelings and ideas about medicine, health, and illness. From ancient wall paintings and tomb carvings to sculpture, installations, and digitally created artworks, the results are extraordinary and pay tribute to how medicine has affected our lives and the lives of our ancestors.  


Drawing on the remarkable holdings of the Wellcome Collection in London, The Art of Medicine offers a unique gallery of rarely seen paintings, artifacts, drawings, prints, and extracts from manuscripts and manuals to provide a fascinating visual insight into our knowledge of the human body and mind, and how both have been treated with medicine. Julie Anderson, Emm Barnes, and Emma Shackleton take readers on a fascinating visual journey through the history of medical practice, exploring contemporary biomedical images, popular art, and caricature alongside venerable Chinese scrolls, prehistoric Mesoamerican drawings, paintings of the European Renaissance, medieval Persian manuscripts, and more. The result is a rare and remarkable visual account of what it was and is to be human in sickness and health.

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University Of Chicago Press
University Of Chicago Press
colour illustrations, figures
colour illustrations, figures
University Of Chicago Press
University Of Chicago Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I bought this book for my husband who enjoys the history of medicine. The pictures were incredible and for those who have ever visited the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, you would appreciate this book.
This book was recommended by the Phi Beta Kappa Key Reporter, so I thought, "why not"? It doesn't disappoint. All the typical graphic medical and pseudo medical illustrations and paintings you might expect and a whole lot more. I only give it a 4 because I was expecting some of the more established medical paintings/drawings (Netter, Eakin's Gross Clinic, etc.), but this collection is a bit more eccentric. Still worth a look.
Great book: well-written, great illustrations.
This is a must-have, must-read book for anyone interested in medical history and/or in medicine.
Elegant coffe-table quality book that is simply a joy to read and to carefully observe its illustrations.
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