Medical Illustrations

August 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

The last year I’ve ventured into the domain of medical illustration. I’ve used Adobe Illustrator for different purposes for many years, but when I was asked to illustrate a case report on the repair of a chronic posterior sternoclavicular dislocation, I jumped on the opportunity to get to know the tools better.

I am a trained photographer, and by no means an accomplished medical illustrator, but I’ve been able to expand upon the client’s ideas and provide them with functional schematic illustrations. In pre-digital times our department had several illustrators on the staff, but that was over fifteen years ago. I’m glad we can provide some level of service in this field again. There’s certainly no less demand for it.

For larger images and captions, visit my Flickr page.

Medical Illustration Dept, 1980s

January 13, 2011 § 2 Comments

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While browsing the Wellcome Images collection I came across these photos showing the various activities of a mid 1980’s Medical Illustration departement. Most likely at the Charing Cross Hospital, the researchers at Wellcome tell me.

It’s interesting to see that even though the technology has changed a lot, the tasks are still much the same: clinical and specimen photography, video production, graphic design and presentation support.

Jan van Rymsdyk – Drawer of Wombs

March 19, 2010 § 15 Comments

Jan van Rymsdyk's most famous plate from William Hunter's "Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus".

In October 2008 I visited the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, where William Hunter’s great book of obstetrics was on display. Published in 1774, The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus did much to  advance the understanding of human pregnancy. The book contains 34 copper engravings. 31 of these magnificent medical illustrations were made by a mysterious man called Jan van Rymsdyk. « Read the rest of this entry »

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