Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"The Michelangelo of Medicine"

Via the New York Times Well blog, I discovered the exhibition Frank H. Netter, MD, Michelangelo of Medicine, now on view at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ.

Netter established himself as a commercial artist, a career of which his parents disapproved. Pressured to find a more dependable vocation, he attended New York University's medical school and trained as a surgeon. This unusual combination of skills gave him the background to become "the foremost master of medical illustration."

If a trip to New Jersey doesn't fit into your travel plans, the OHSU Library holds many of Netter's classic texts. In the HC&A collections I found one of the many promotional items that Netter designed for CIBA Pharmaceutical Products:
Published in 1938, this pamphlet excerpts "Anatomy of the Gall-Bladder and Extra-Hepatic Bile Ducts" from Cunningham's Text-book of Anatomy, and promotional copy for the drug Trasentin. But Netter's illustrations - in a beautiful art deco color palette - steal the show.

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