Masterpieces Of Medical Photography

From the Stanley D. Burns Archive.

The archive tracks the history of photography and the history of healing, presenting a wealth of historical, social, cultural, and artistic information.

In these pictures, we see medical students at their cadavers, the practice of medicine on battlefields and in hospital wards, medical freaks and the survivors of physical ordeals, disease, and early surgical procedures. These graphically factual images are awesome and terrifying reminders of human frailty, dignity, and achievement.

Prepared and circulated by Curatorial Assistance, Los Angeles. The exhibition is supported in Vancouver by Canada Council.

Accompanied by a book by Twelvetree Press.

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