Bones, Books, and Bell Jars

Bones Books and Bell Jars Bones Books Bell Jars offers a contemporary fusion of art and medicine recalling an era when artists and physicians collaborated to educate aspiring medical students and share information with other

  • Title: Bones, Books, and Bell Jars
  • Author: Andrea Baldeck
  • ISBN: 9780984940608
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bones Books Bell Jars offers a contemporary fusion of art and medicine, recalling an era when artists and physicians collaborated to educate aspiring medical students and share information with other medical practitioners Andrea Baldeck was given free rein to mine Philadelphia s M tter Museum s vast collection of pathological specimens, anatomical models, surgical iBones Books Bell Jars offers a contemporary fusion of art and medicine, recalling an era when artists and physicians collaborated to educate aspiring medical students and share information with other medical practitioners Andrea Baldeck was given free rein to mine Philadelphia s M tter Museum s vast collection of pathological specimens, anatomical models, surgical instruments, illustrated textbooks and other 19th century artifacts, to create her cabinet of wonders inspired still life photographs.Baldeck wends her way with a sense of wonderment through the off limit hallways and cabinets closed to the public She shares her own aesthetic pleasure from a uniquely informed perspective two decades earlier she left the operating room and a career as an internist and anesthesiologist, to enter the darkroom as a photographer Behind the scenes in locked rooms ranging from basement to attic, dwell a trove of artifacts, specimens and texts, writes Baldeck in the Introduction To gain access to these is a singular privilege, a journey through time and across a continuum of the healing arts What follows is an experiential account of keeping company with the past to produce still life photographs that reflect on the roles of art and science in documenting the history of medicine Baldeck conjures up a past describing tools found in the museum s Mobile Storage room Some speak of a time before the germ theory of disease and asepsis, when elegant tools might be casually wiped clean and replaced in velvet lined boxes, awaiting use on the next patient, like the field kit of a Civil War surgeon Moving on to the Bone Room, she contemplates the wax models and skeletons, and the flesh and blood patients they represent The strange juxtaposition of fleshless bone and boneless flesh in this sequestered space speaks wordlessly, yet compellingly, of affliction and mortality Baldeck s lyrical black and white photographs are meant to engage the eye, stimulate the imagination and provoke thoughts and questions A common denominator pervades then and now the desire to advance the science of medicine and lessen human misery bonesbooksbelljars bookm

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