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Medicine in Art (A Guide to Imagery) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1606060445
ISBN-10: 1606060449
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“A visual delight. . . . Get hold of a copy of Medicine in Art and look, learn, and enjoy.”—Journal of the American Medical Association

About the Author

Giorgio Bordin is a physician and the director of the Sanitario dell’Ospedale Piccole Figlie in Parma, Italy. Laura Polo D’Ambrosio is an art historian.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Guide to Imagery
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum; 1 edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606060449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606060445
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is part of a useful series of, at present, sixteen attractively produced volumes published by the J. Paul Getty Museum, with other titles like "Music in Art", "Gardens in Art" etc. The title of this volume is slightly misleading: a more accurate title would have been "Illness and Medicine in Art", for many illustrations deal with diseases and disabilities without any reference to medical treatment (and a small number seem to me to have no connection with either, e.g. The Fall of Icarus). However, there are plenty of images about treatment, from medieval times to the present, and a good many of them are by artists who are not at all well-known. The text with the images refers to the illness and the treatment, about which we can learn a lot, and also often to the technical means used by an artist to highlight certain parts of the picture. The images are small, but clear, and the colour is excellent. The print is necessarily very small and will be a strain on some eyes.
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This very interesting book uses works of art to illustrate themes in medicine such as disease, suffering and the physician. It is useful for thinking about or teaching humanities and medicine, narrative medicine and the history of medicine. I have used it as a source book for teaching medical students and residents and find that it encourages discussion by offering vivid examples of what can be abstract concepts.
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Numerous pictures of medicine in art. The chapters are divided into ailments, illnesses , afflictions, and healing as well as healthcare providers, hospital stays, etc. There are comments on each picture which are very informative regarding the artwork and/or the artist. I bought this book as a reference for a project I was doing in school, but it will be a nice addition to my home library.
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The wealth of images contained herein is well organized and widely representative of cultures and time periods. I recommend it as an introduction to the topic. Also see Rousselot's older work on the topic.
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