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Life Study
Representations of Health and Disease

An exhibition of material from UCL's Biomedicine & Health Libraries,
Special Collections and the UCL Art Collections.
September 2007 - January 2008

Opened by Professor Edward Byrne, Dean of UCL Biomedical Sciences
September 2007

Illustrated figures from William Cowper's 'An Anatomical Treatise On The Muscles Of The Human Body' The close connection between art and medicine has long been recognised, from the skill of the anatomical illustrator to the beauty that can be perceived in both classical and modern representations of the body in health and disease states. Serving to educate both scientists and artists since ancient times, the progress of artistic and printing techniques can be traced in illustrations from early woodcuts to the fine detail of more recent lithographic and digital processes.

This exhibition celebrates the rich collection of rare and interesting medical books and illustrations at UCL's Biomedicine & Health Libraries and Special Collections, together with material from the UCL Art Collections. This selection provides a sense of the diversity of the collections that is an inspirational resource for teaching and research.

Exhibition Location:

Main Library Staircase
Wilkins Building
Gower Street
'The Tools', taken from Berkeley and Bonney's 'A Textbook Of Gynaecological Surgery, 1942'

The exhibition has been prepared by UCL Library Services' Exhibitions Group: Elizabeth Chapman, Kate Cheney, Elizabeth Clear, Liz Lawes, Martin Reid and Steven Wright.

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