Frank H. Netter MD and a Brief History of Medical Illustration
In the introduction to his seminal volume, Atlas of Human Anatomy , Frank Netter wrote lightheartedly that he wondered what the truly outstanding and renowned anatomists from history—men like Vesalius, Leonardo da Vinci, William Hunter, and Henry Gray—might have said about his atlas. Through the centuries, these and other major contributors to the advancement of science have skillfully illustrated their observations. “Anatomy of course does not change,” Netter wrote in the Introduction to Atlas, “but our understanding of anatomy and its clinical significance does change as do anatomical terminology and nomenclature” .
Incremental advances in knowledge have been inextricably linked through time with improvements in communication capabilities (in this case print media), forming a triangulation, from science, to artist, to printer. This article traces medical illustration from Leonardo da Vinci to Frank Netter, giving a brief introduction to these men, and describing...
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