The Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society
Bombay :The Society,
MBLWHOI Library, Woods Hole
Happily doodling for the first time in a while.
Watercolor paintings of diseased skulls by Henry Jacob Bigelow. Between 1849-1854.
Via the Francis A. Countway Library of medicine.
The most complete natural history of the home and abroad. The mammalia
by HG Ludwig Reichenbach.
Publication info Dresden; Expedition of the most complete natural history of 0.1845 to 1846
Frank H. Netter (1906-1991)
Netter is the Norman Rockwell of Medical Illustration.
“Dr. Netter’s contribution to the study of human anatomy is epochal. He has advanced our understanding of anatomy more than any other medical illustrator since the 16th century, when Vesalius introduced drawings based on cadaveric dissections.” – Dr Michael Debakey
Unlike most sterile medical illustration, Netter aimed to include the human element in his pictures. His characters are real, they cry and they sweat and show emotion through the blood and disfigurement. Netter was as much about the psychology of the human condition as he was about accurate anatomy.
Plate I. Embryonic and fetal skeletons. Nonnulla de incremento ossium embryonum in primis graviditatis temporibus. 1802.
Eggs! Not just for Easter, or breakfast. Mostly for the birds.
Top 3 images from Zur Fortpflanzungsgeschichte der gesammten Vögel… (1856?)
Bottom 2 images from British birds & their eggs : with a new method of identification (1909)
Pigeon anatomy. 1911.
Ibis; By British Ornithologists’ Union. on Flickr.
Publication info [London]Published for the British Ornithologists’ Union by Academic Press.(1852-1922)
Book of the Week Collection
California Academy of Sciences
Ernst Mayr Library of the MCZ, Harvard University