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The Physician's Art: Representations of Art and Medicine Paperback – 29 Apr 2000


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" . . . a warm welcome is due to this catalogue of an exhibition . . . of medical art housed in various medical faculties and museums in the region of Duke University. . . the catalogue is a testament to the astonishing wealth of rare and exquisite materials that have found their way across the Atlantic and are evidently ebing expertly curated. . . .this is an exemplary publication. Its is agreeably designed, the quality of the colour reproduction is high, the accompanying texts are pertinent and factually accurate, and there is a helpful bibliography. . . .The book is eye opening and instructive, and makes one regret having missed the exhibition." -- Roy Porter, The Times Highers Education Supplement, 24 November, 2000

"Like a work of art, a medical image or a piece of medical paraphernalia has a period style. This is not simply a surface gloss, a decorative mode that stands in a superficial relationship to the true function of the item. Function and the 'look' of something are not separate, since any action is hedged around by attitudes, hostile and approbatory, and our instinctive visual reaction to any item in a field as highly charged as medicine will be an integral part of the social field within which participants function." -- from the foreword by Martin Kemp

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Julie V. Hansen, an art historian and recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, specializes in seventeenth-century art and science.Suzanne Porter is Curator of the History of Medicine Collections at the Duke University Medical Center Library. Martin Kemp is both Professor of the History of Art at Oxford University and British Academy Wolfson Research Professor. He is the author of a number of books, including "Leonardo da Vinci: The Marvellous Works of Nature and Man." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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