Medicine in Art, Paperback Book
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This is the latest volume in the acclaimed series that depicts medicine as depicted in art throughout history.

This sumptuously illustrated volume offers a visual history of the depiction of illness and healing in Western culture, ranging from Egyptian wall carvings to medieval manuscripts and from paintings and sculpture by the great masters of the Renaissance to 20thC artists such as Matisse & Magritte.

Thematic chapters cover the examination of patients and their maladies; healing and medical treatments; and the sufferings and hopes of patients awaiting cure and recovery.

Psychological anguish, represented by Masaccio's "The Expulsion of Adam and Eve", and Munch's "The Scream", are also treated along with more obvious physical manifestations.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, 400 full-colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Getty Trust Publications
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  • Category: Art styles not defined by date
  • ISBN: 9781606060445



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I love this book. Although it is clearly written as part of a series of art instruction books, I loved it because of the depictions of disease, healing and medicine. I enjoyed it so much I have bought it for my pediatric residents to enjoy as well.