An analytical visualization practice. The pathological-anatomical illustrations of Jean Cruveilhier in relation to clinical observations

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Abstract

The article examines the meaning and function of medical illustrations in the famous Atlas Anatomie pathologique, published by the French surgeon Jean Cruveilhier (1791-1874). By tracing the complex representation of pathological entities both back to the visual tradition of anatomy and the semiotic tradition of case descriptions and case histories, the article identifies the visualization technique of Cruveilhier as an analytical practice. The illustration of pathological anatomy gains a functional diagnostic quality when bound to case descriptions and clinical histories. The Atlas serves thereby as a sample to trace the genealogies of a clinical visualization practice in characteristic images that is both engaged with an individual case and classificational tasks.

Translated title of the contributionAn analytical visualization practice. The pathological-anatomical illustrations of Jean Cruveilhier in relation to clinical observations
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)7-24
Number of pages18
JournalBerichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Anatomy, Artistic
  • Atlases as Topic
  • France
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • Humans
  • Medical Illustration
  • Pathology
  • Biography
  • English Abstract
  • Historical Article
  • Journal Article

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