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Human Anatomy: From the Renaissance to the Digital Ageby Benjamin A Rifkin
Synopses & Reviews
Praised by Nature ("stunning"), the London Times ("remarkable"), and the Guardian ("mesmeric"), this lavishly illustrated book chronicles the remarkable history of anatomical illustration. Before the invention of photography, artists played an essential role in medical science, recording human anatomy in startlingly direct and often moving images. Over 400 years, beginning with Vesalius, they charted the main systems of the body, made precise studies of living organs, documented embryonic development, and described pathologies. Human Anatomy includes portfolios of the work of 19 great anatomical artists, with concise biographies, and culminates with the Visible Human Project, which uses digital tools to visualize the human body.
Praise for Human Anatomy:
"From Leonardo da Vinci's exquisite pen-and-ink drawings of the human skeleton to the digital Visible Human Project in its three-dimensional glory, this fascinating book . . . documents more than 500 years of anatomical illustration in living color."
Included in this authoritative history of anatomical illustration are the most recent scientific discoveries and digital imagery, as well as superb reproductions of anatomical renderings by Leonardo da Vinci, Vesalius, and many others spanning five centuries.
Lavishly illustrated anatomy books have long been prized by artists, physicians, and other educated readers. Human Anatomy is the first authoritative history of anatomical illustration to include the most recent scientific discoveries and digital imagery. The book includes concise biographies of the great anatomists of history, as well as superb reproductions of anatomical renderings by Leonardo da Vinci, Vesalius, and many others, showing how science and art worked harmoniously to disseminate an evolving understanding of the human mechanism and how it operates. Spanning five centuries, Human Anatomy is an invaluable addition to the libraries of artists, doctors, and general science readers everywhere.
About the Author
Benjamin A. Rifkin is an art historian with a keen interest in the meanings of images in their historical context. He is currently working on studies of Rembrandt's history paintings and the European discovery of the Caribbean. Rifkin lives in New York City.Michael J. Ackerman is a biomedical engineer and a pioneer in the field of medical informatics. He was the primary developer of the initial concept for the Visible Human Project, and has received numerous science awards. He lives in Maryland. Judith Folkenberg is a freelance writer. She lives in Maryland.
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