MUTTER MUSEUM: HISTORIC MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHS
The first book on the Mutter Museum contained artful images of the medical museum's fascinating exhibits shot by contemporary fine art photographers. In this follow-up, the focus is on the museum's archive of rare historic photographs, most of which have never been seen by the public. Featured are poignant, aesthetically accomplished works ranging from Civil War photographs showing injury and recovery, to the ravages of diseases not yet conquered in the 19th century, to pathological anomalies, to psychological disorders. Many were taken by talented photographers between the 1860s and the 1940s, as records for physicians to share among colleagues and to track patients' conditions, and to demonstrate various techniques used in medical photography. As visual documents of what humans endured in the face of limited medical knowledge, these extraordinary and haunting photographs demonstrate how far medicine has advanced. Hardcover, mostly sepia, some full color. Introduction by Gretchen Worden.