Alberti, S J M M (2018) Drawing damaged bodies: British Medical Art in the Early Twentieth century. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 92 (3). pp. 439-473. ISSN 1086-3176 (In Press)

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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path by examining three little-known artists in early twentieth-century Britain who deployed what may seem like an outdated method: drawing.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.

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Additional Information: This is a preprint of an accepted article scheduled to appear in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 92, no. 3 (Fall 2018). It has been copyedited but not paginated. Further edits are possible. Please check back for final article publication details.
Uncontrolled Keywords: First World War, medical illustration, pathology, surgery, wounds
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RD Surgery
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Science and Technology
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2018 11:18
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2018 11:19

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