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April 14, 1999

Art and AnatomyThe Quick and the Dead: Artists and Anatomy

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Deanna Petherbridge and Ludmilla Jordanova (exhibition, London, Coventry, and Leeds, UK, 1997-1998), 120 pp, with illus, paper, $24.95, ISBN 0-520-21738-1, Berkeley, Calif, University of California Press, London, UK, Hayward Gallery, 1997.

JAMA. 1999;281(14):1343-1344. doi:10.1001/jama.281.14.1343-JBK0414-4-1

The Quick and the Dead, first published in conjunction with a touring exhibition of historical artwork organized by the Hayward Gallery of London and the Arts Council of Great Britain, sets out to establish a link between the visual arts and the evolution of medicine since the 15th century.

Meaningful contributions by artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Theodore Géricault, John Bell, William Cowper, and others to the burgeoning medical sciences are explored through analysis of various masterworks and personal stylistic approaches to the illustration of the human body. The role of various illustration techniques in the advancement of early anatomical studies is also emphasized and demonstrated.

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