The Art of Medicine: Over 2,000 Years of Images and Imagination
Julie Anderson and Emm Barnes are science outreach officers with Royal Holloway, University of London. Emma Shackleton is an editor and writer specializing in the visual arts who has worked with the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London.
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226749363
- ISBN-13: 978-0226749365
Since ancient times people have depended on medical practitioners to enhance life, to treat illness and injuries, and to help reduce pain and suffering. The scientifically based discipline that we know today stands beside diverse traditions, belief systems, and bodies of medical knowledge that have evolved in fascinating ways across cultures and continents. Throughout this history, successive generations have created artistic representations of these varied aspects of medicine, illustrating instruction manuals, documenting treatments, and creating works of art that enable individuals to express their feelings and ideas about medicine, health, and illness. From ancient wall paintings and tomb carvings to sculpture, installations, and digitally created artworks, the results are extraordinary and pay tribute to how medicine has affected our lives and the lives of our ancestors.