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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Drawing Damaged Bodies: British Medical Art in the Early Twentieth Century
Author(s): Alberti, Samuel
Keywords: First World War
medical illustration
Issue Date: 31-Oct-2018
Citation: Alberti S (2018) Drawing Damaged Bodies: British Medical Art in the Early Twentieth Century. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 92 (3), pp. 439-473.
Abstract: Historians are acutely aware of the role of art in medicine. Elaborate early modern works catch our eye; technical innovations attract analysis. This paper beats a different path by examining three little-known artists in early twentieth-century Britain who deployed what may seem like an outdated method: drawing. Locating the function of pencil and ink illustrations across a range of sites, we take a journey from the exterior of the living patient via invasive surgical operations to the bodily interior. We see the enduring importance of delineation against a backdrop of the mechanization of conflict and of imaging.
DOI Link: 10.1353/bhm.2018.0055
Rights: Copyright © 2018 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Volume 92, Issue 3, Autumn, 2018, pages 439-473.

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