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December 1967

The Art of Philadelphia Medicine.

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Iowa City


From the Philadelphia Museum of Art, including Foreword by Evan H. Turner, Director; "The Art of Philadelphia Medicine" by Whitfield J. Bell, Jr.; "Conventions of Medical Portraiture" by Charles Coleman Sellers, and "Architecture and Medicine in Philadelphia" by George B. Tatum. Price, not given. Pp 131, with many illustrations. The Winchell Co., Philadelphia, 1965.

Arch Intern Med. 1967;120(6):746. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00300050102018

Recently I have written several papers about the Philadelphia Hospital and its second centennial celebration. This so pleased one of my friends, known to me only in correspondence, that he sent me this delightful catalogue of an exhibit put on from Sept 15 to Dec 7, 1965, by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is, of course, not surprising that the fountainhead of medical knowledge in this country should have been well represented in many artistic forms, ranging from a variety of portraits and paintings, to drawings and sketches of buildings, maps, architects' drawings, photographs of scientific specimens and models, a variety of medical instruments, cases, and medicine chests. Finally there are famous pictures of operations and clinics. Not only are they reproduced elegantly, in fact, probably as well as colored objects can be reproduced in black and white. The running commentary gives a splendid synoptical view of Philadelphia and

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