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Books, Journals, New Media
April 2, 2003


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(13):1703-1704. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1703

This book contains many pieces (as museums do), yet not all are photographs of its collections. Some are words about them, beginning with the preface by the curator-author, Gretchen Worden. Here she notes that medical museums, with their wax models, skeletons, dried dissections, and old body photographs, were once used to instruct medical students but now hold only historical interest for a few. Yet, in this visual era of healthy unclad bodies in print, movies, videos, television, and the Internet, the public continues to visit the Mütter Museum's displays of its old collections of normal and deformed bodies and body parts—anatomical remains, models, preserved flesh, and photographs. (See Figure 1)

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