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Human Anatomy: A Visual History from the Renaissance to the Digital Age

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Praised by Nature ("stunning"), the London Times ("remarkable"), and the Guardian ("mesmeric"), this lavishly illustrated book chronicles the remarkable history of anatomical illustration. Before the invention of photography, artists played an essential role in medical science, recording human anatomy in startlingly direct and often moving images. Over 400 years, beginning ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Harry N. Abrams
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Ralph
Medical students press through the aromatics of boiled linen, disinfectant, and formaldehyde, making the rounds of formal lectures, half-draped patients, and stripped cadavers. They study the body to improve its fate.

Art students, half-nourished by a miasma of primed linen, turpentine, and chalk, study the undraped model in life class, practice the diagrams of geometric perspective, and memorize the skeleton and muscles in anatomy.

"With kindred presumptions of benefice," concludes the author,
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Michael
The shear volume of names and dates in the text of this book is overwhelming, but the collection of historical imagery is outstanding and the author does a tremendous job of building context for those works of art and science illustration.
Highly recommended if you're even marginally interested in human anatomy or art history.
Andrea Boria
This is a very interesting book, is very eye caching because of the paintings and grotesque pictures of anatomy it contains. The context is mostly tedious.
Gabriella
Very interesting from a historical standpoint. Not a very fun read, but I enjoyed learning about the history of what we know of the human body.
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