Interdisciplinary Art and Anatomy Workshop showcases the resources of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Dr. Charleen Moore, Ph.D. of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, Jayne Lawrence, M.F.A., of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and Penelope Borchers, M.L.S., Special Collections Librarian in the Briscoe Library, organized the Art and Anatomy Workshop as an interdisciplinary experience in the representation of the human body.  The workshop is built around the resources of the rare book collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, including original works by Vesalius (1514-1564), Albinus (1697-1770), Paolo Mascagni (1755-1815), William Hunter (1718-1783) and John Hunter (1728-1793).

On April 8, senior art students from Ms. Lawrence’s advanced special studies class at UTSA joined second and third year medical and dental students for the day-long workshop, which took place in the Howe Conference Room and the Special Collections Reading Room of the Briscoe Library.

Dr. Moore  spoke about anatomists/artists from the 15th to the 19th centuries, and Nancy Place, M.S., Director of Multimedia Services, provided an introduction to the contemporary field of medical illustration.   Two guests, Carlos Machado, M.D., medical illustrator for the Elsevier Netter Collection; and Ron Philo, Ph.D., retired senior lecturer in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, were available to interact one-on-one with the students. Dr. Philo is the author of two books on the anatomical drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci.  David Baker, M.A., Sam Newman, B.F.A,. and Christopher McKee, B.F.A., medical illustrators in the Department of Information Management and Services – Academic Technology Services, were also present.

Students had the opportunity to examine many rare anatomical texts from the P.I. Nixon collection.  They ended the day with a studio drawing session organized around plastinated human specimens from the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology.

Susan Hunnicutt
Special Projects Librarian

Also in April

Students of the history of anatomy visited the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on Friday, April 22.

The History of Anatomy course is offered each spring as an Enrichment Elective for first year medical students and a Special Topics course for graduate students.  Dr. Charleen Moore is director of the course.

Rare Books in the Special Collections Reading Room

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