Science and the Artist's Book
An exhibition by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the Washington Project for the Arts
Herald of Science
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Johannes de Ketham
Fasciculus Medicine [Medical treatise]
Life in the late 1400s was precarious. Everyone was vulnerable
to serious health risks, whether from injury, accidents, the
plague, or other illnesses. Ketham's Medical Treatise,
published in 1495, suggests treatments and cures for many of
these afflictions, including wounds from swords, knives, arrows,
and thorns, as pictured here.
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The Anatomy Lesson: A Collation
San Diego, California, 1995
[handmade paper, paint, board ]
Joyce Cutler-Shaw is currently artist-in-residence at the
School of Medicine, University of California San Diego, where she
explores attitudes toward the body and human identity through
drawing and writing. In this work she studies Ketham's Medical
Treatise, comparing attitudes of the late 1400s to 20th-century views.