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Aug 29, 2004
Philadelphia area
I heard about this on another mailing list & thought any med students from Philadelphia might want to check this out. Sounds interesting.


This announcement came from the Curator of USP's Museum,
Michael J. Brody
Director and Curator,
Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy / The Museum at USP
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP)
600 South 43rd St
Philadelphia* PA* 19104-4495
e-mail: [email protected]

"It is with great pleasure that I announce the details of the new
exhibition at the Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy: a
selection of original medical illustrations by Frank Netter, M.D.
(1906-1991), a world-renowned anatomy painter and perhaps the greatest
medical illustrator of the 20th century.

The loan exhibition will consist of 50 gouache paintings displaying
various aspects of illness, trauma, anatomy, development, malformation,
pathology, medical testing and diagnosis, and patient care. These
impressive illustrations were commissioned by Ciba-Geigy over several
decades, and a good many appeared -- though greatly reduced in size --
in that company's acclaimed serial Clinical Symposia. Through the
generosity of Novartis Pharmaceuticals (created by the 1996 merger of
the Swiss-based Sandoz and Ciba-Geigy corporations) USP is able to
display these important works for three months, 8 April to 8 July 2005.

* The Netter name may be familiar to many of you through his Atlas of
Human Anatomy, the vade mecum of all first-year medical students. Lesser
known is the fact that in addition to anatomy, Netter illustrated whole
illnesses and their effects on the body, series of medical procedures
and treatments, as well as scenes of patient care and rehabilitation. A
graduate of the New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Netter
started a small medical practice during the Depression, but finding his
artwork in greater demand than his medical services, he started an
illustration business, and within a decade he was working exclusively
for Ciba Laboratories.

To accompany the exhibition, a brochure (with introductory essay and
checklist of all the works) will be available to visitors."

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Mar 8, 2003
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thanks, i'll look into it. I heard something about another exhibit coming in a few months ... i think the the Franklin Institute .. with prosected cadavers .. that sounded interesting too.