Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880–1930" on Science Friday!

If you have not done so already, I highly advise giving a listen to last Friday's episode of NPR's Science Friday. Entitled "'Dissection' Documents Med School Rite-Of-Passage," the clip features a really fascinating interview with the Dittrick Museum's James Edmonson talking about the book Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880–1930 which he recently co-authored with John Warner for Blast Books.

Click here to listen to the interview. More about the book in this previous post. You can purchase a copy of the book (highly recommended!) by clicking here. Images above (click to see larger versions) are drawn from the book, compliments of Blast Books' Laura Lindgren (thanks, Laura!).

Images: 1) School unknown, ca. 1915. The school and dissectors are unidentified, but in other photographs known to be from the University of Minnesota students also gather around the table wearing distinctive toques. DMHC 2) School unknown, undated. Cadaver, dressed in clothing, stands next to a skeleton, with a fluid-preserved foetal specimen

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