Dream Anatomy

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, 2006 - Anatomy, Artistic - 180 pages
In antiquity, the human body’s internal structure was subject to speculation, fantasy, and some study, but there were few efforts to represent it in pictures. The invention of the printing press in the 15th century helped to inspire a new spectacular science of anatomy and equally spectacular visions of the body. Dream Anatomy, a lavishly illustrated new publication from the National Library of Medicine, is filled with the anatomical imagery made possible by the printing press, ranging from the detailed and informative to the beautiful, whimsical, surreal, and grotesque. This new catalogue, based on the National Library of Medicine’s milestone Dream Anatomy exhibition, displays the anatomical imagination in some of its most astonishing incarnations, from the fourteenth century to present. This fascinating medical art book, filled with rare color illustrations, includes:
  • 170 photos and illustrations
  • Insightful descriptive text
  • Informative description of the print technologies of anatomical illustration
  • History of anatomy timeline
  • Full exhibition checklist
  • Exhibition credits

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About the author (2006)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Michael Sappol is the author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies (Princeton University Press, 2002) and a curator-historian at the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, the world's largest medical library. Dr. Sappol received a Ph.D. in history, with distinction, from Columbia University in 1997. In addition to his scholarly works, he has written for the Los Angeles Times, Science magazine and has been interviewed on National Public Radio. A long-time resident of New York City, he now makes his home in Washington, DC.

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