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More than Skin Deep...Visualizing the Body Beautiful

You know Wistar has pretty deep roots in the history of American anatomical science. Our archives tell the story, and you have the chance to meet our Director of Library Services & Archivist Nina Long as she reveals the tale.

Nina Long with modelOn Friday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, our one and only Nina Long will be one of several fine presenters diving into the history of medical illustration, from its earliest days of sketches and models to its present influence on so much of medicine, and even video games. "Visualizing the Body Beautiful" is one of Wistar's key events in the Philadelphia Science Festival, taking place from April 20 to 29 throughout Philadelphia.

Check out a brief overview of medical illustration's history here, thanks to Esther, one of PSF's fine bloggers for the Festival.

Caspar Wistar, for whom The Wistar Institute is named, used models of the human eye (in the photo at the top) in his anatomy lectures. The eyeballs above, made by William Rush in 1808, are constructed from wood and leather, and the pieces fit together (like nesting dolls).

You'll be able to check out these eyeballs and other amazing artifacts when you attend "Visualizing the Body Beautiful." Register today, and bring a buddy!


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Online event registration for Visualizing the Body Beautiful