Journal of the History of Biology

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 207–208 | Cite as

Domenico Bertoloni Meli, Visualizing Disease: The Art and History of Pathological Illustration (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018), 288 pp., 36 color plates, 36 halftones, $55.00 Cloth, ISBN: 978226110295

  • Rebecca MessbargerEmail author
Book Review

Visualizing Disease: The Art and History of Pathological Illustration by Domenico Bertoloni Meli is a weighty book. Meli’s narrative is dense with substantive details about the shift that began in the mid-seventeenth century in the way disease was conceptualized. It was at this time that pathology became a fundamentally visual science. Journeying from the bones of the body outward, from the wrapping of the skin inward, from hard to soft body parts, and organs to lesions, illustrated pathological treatises increasingly shaped the classification and understanding of the causes, the progressive manifestation, and the treatment of disease. Visualizing Diseaseundertakes a transnational, transmedial analysis of this turn from written case histories a` la Morgagni, to the lavishly illustrated pathological treatises of the nineteenth century with which this study culminates. Most fundamentally, this book is a complex genealogy of collaborators—the medical practitioners and researchers,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Washington UniversitySaint LouisUSA

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