Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9780226110295 Will Publish January 2018
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Visualizing Disease

The Art and History of Pathological Illustrations

Domenico Bertoloni Meli

Visualizing Disease

Domenico Bertoloni Meli

288 pages | 36 color plates, 36 halftones | 7 x 10 | © 2017
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9780226110295 Will Publish January 2018
E-book $55.00 ISBN: 9780226463636 Will Publish January 2018
Visual anatomy books have been a staple of medical practice and study since the mid-sixteenth century. But the visual representation of diseased states followed a very different pattern from anatomy, one we are only now beginning to investigate and understand. With Visualizing Disease, Domenico Bertoloni Meli explores key questions in this domain, opening a new field of inquiry based on the analysis of a rich body of arresting and intellectually challenging images reproduced here both in black and white and in color.
 
Starting in the Renaissance, Bertoloni Meli delves into the wide range of figures involved in the early study and representation of disease, including not just men of medicine, like anatomists, physicians, surgeons, and pathologists, but also draftsmen and engravers. Pathological preparations proved difficult to preserve and represent, and as Bertoloni Meli takes us through a number of different cases from the Renaissance to the mid-nineteenth century, we gain a new understanding of how knowledge of disease, interactions among medical men and artists, and changes in the technologies of preservation and representation of specimens interacted to slowly bring illustration into the medical world.
Contents
Preface

Introduction: Bodies, Diseases, Images
Chapter 1. Visualizing Disease in the Early Modern Period
Chapter 2: “Sic nata est anatome pathologica picta”: The Diseases of Bones
Chapter 3. Preserved Specimens and Comprehensive Treatises
Chapter 4. Intermezzo: Identifying Disease in Its Inception
Chapter 5. The Nosology of Cutaneous Diseases
Chapter 6. Morbid Anatomy in Color
Chapter 7. Comprehensive Treatises in Color
Concluding Reflections
 
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
List of Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Review Quotes
Russell Maulitz, MD PhD
"A work that was crying out to be written. Exhaustive, learned, and a gold mine for specialists, yet wholly accessible for nonspecialists. And in a field—anatomical pathology—that's not lent itself easily to graphical exposition, Bertoloni Meli's volume is just gorgeous in its pictorial depiction of changing notions of disease."
Gianna Pomata, Johns Hopkins University
“This is an excellent book, based on extraordinarily vast, solid, and innovative research. In his previous books, Bertoloni Meli has already made very important contributions to the history of early modern science and medicine. Visualizing Disease offers an even more significant and original contribution, the first detailed and richly documented history of morbid anatomy illustration from the sixteenthto the ninteenthcentury.”
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