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December 2, 1961

Art and the Scientist

JAMA. 1961;178(9):970. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040480100039

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Leonardo da Vinci: Das anatomische Work.  By S. Braunfels-Esche. Pp. 174. Intercontinental, 381 Park Ave. S., New York 16, 1961.Most physicians have little difficulty in recalling a few oustanding examples of artistic achievements by men of medicine. The Fabric of the Human Body by Vesalius (1514-1564), the Anatomical Works by da Vinci (1452-1519), and Paul Ehrlich's (1854-1915) imaginative design of the sidechain theory of immunity are in this category. Less familiar are the artistic creations of a number of other anatomists or physicians who, either with or without special training in composition and design, illustrated their scientific contributions. The handsome monograph by Braunfels-Esche is a reproduction of da Vinci's profusely illustrated atlas of the human body. Lapage, on the other hand, has summarized the contributions of anatomists, botanists, biologists, and physicians who illustrated their scientific works by wood blocks, lithography, and metal or wood engraving. Malpighi (1628-1694, malpighian body),

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