The Art of Medicine

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Dr Emm Barnes, Dr Julie Anderson and Emma Shackleton

For thousands of years artists have played a special role in the human quest to understand anatomy, health and disease; this book celebrates their creativity and inquisitiveness using little-seen, stunning imagery from one of the world's greatest collections.
The Wellcome Collection is based on the enormous
bequest left by pioneering pharmacist Sir Henry
Wellcome (1853-1936). For many years, he travelled
the globe, acquiring any kind of art or artefact with a
bearing on health and medical treatment: the resulting
collection everything from oil paintings, to dentures,
scrolls, glass eyes and illuminated books numbers
over a million pieces, and forms a unique history of
humankind's growing understanding of ourselves
and our world.
Using a wealth of previously unseen images from
the collection, and telling the fascinating story of
medical understanding worldwide, The Art of Medicine celebrates both medical advance and visual artistry


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Published: Nov, 2011

Dr Emm Barnes After earning her PhD in Victorian theories of mind at the University of Cambridge, Dr Emm Barnes went on to work for the Wellcome Trust as an outreach officer in biomedical sciences and medical humanities. She currently works with Royal Holloway, University of London as a Science Outreach Officer.

Dr Julie Anderson is a historian of medicine who specialises in the history of disability. She currently works as a Senior Lecturer in the History of Modern Medicine at the University of Kent. She has co-edited a series on the history of disability with Manchester University Press and is currently completing a medical history of blindness.

Emma Shackleton (MA English Literature and the Visual Arts) is an editor and writer specialising in the visual arts, and has wide experience of working with national collections, including the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. As an editor she compiled the Shakespeare volume for the best-selling BBC Nation's Favourite series and at BBC Books commissioned many further titles within the series. She also commissioned the stunning and enormously successful, Venice, by Francesco da Mosto.

The authors expertly display and explain sculptures, carvings and myriad other artifacts to provide a comprehensive visual history of the medical tradition across cultures. - ScienceNews

Exuberant, certainly, and gorgeous too - one can lose oneself in these full-colour, beautifully lit, generously sized illustrations - but also gasp-inducing and occasionally grim. Medical texts or devices are read against the grain for their aesthetic qualities, so that the reader is encouraged to draw out unexpected and delightful connections between, for example, 17th-century Persian anatomical charts and digital-age representations of the influenza virus. - The Lancet

  • 256 pages
  • h 304mm x w 304mm
  • hardback with jacket
  • full colour throughout, 400 images
  • 77,500 words
  • Printed ISBN:978-1-907579-13-4

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