Princeton University Library Catalog

Mütter Museum : historic medical photographs / The College of Physicians of Philadelphia ; edited by Laura Lindgren ; introduction by Gretchen Worden ; foreword by Max Aguilera-Hellweg.

Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
New York : Blast Books, 2007.
Εdition:
1st ed.
Description:
223 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Summary note:
"Beginning in the early to mid-nineteenth century medical photography became an invaluable new form of communication between physicians and their professional colleagues and students to convey facts about patients and disease. An outstanding archive of such medical photography, dating from the 1850s to the 1940s, resides in the collection of the Mutter Museum, one of the last and best-known medical museums from the nineteenth century, with an annual visitorship exceeding sixty thousand." "As do the anatomical and pathological exhibits in the Mutter Museum, the extraordinary photographs from the museum's archives reproduced in this book document unusual, sometimes nearly unimaginable, challenges of disorder, disease, and injury. A great many of these photographs are disquieting, yet they are equally moving in their portrayal of how these people endured their fate, in most cases without the hope of cure or alleviation offered by modern medicine. A few photographs demonstrate the limited relief that medical science at the time was able to offer and thus show how very far medicine has advanced." "The work of more than forty different photographers, some known, some unidentified, the pictures in this book artfully present situations breathtaking and poignant and far exceed their fundamental documentary purpose. Like the Mutter Museum itself, this book challenges our concepts of humanity, of beauty, of science and art. It presents the stories of those who came before us and shows us what a puzzle life can be."--BOOK JACKET.
Notes:
Includes index.
Contents:
Trauma -- Bandaging, Dressing, and Splints -- Amputation -- Hypertrophy, Malformation, and Excess Growth -- Congenital Deformity, Deficiency, and Disorder -- Paralysis -- Disease -- Dermatological Disorder -- Micrography -- Cysts and Tumors -- Psychological Disorder -- Teratology -- Autopsy and Dissection.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
Pictorial Works.
ISBN:
  • 9780922233281 (alk. paper)
  • 0922233284 (alk. paper)
LCCN:
2007031924
OCLC:
163589913
Related name:
RCP:
C - S