Historians are acutely aware of the role of art in medicine. Elaborate early modern works catch our eye; technical innovations attract analysis. This paper beats a different path by examining three little-known artists in early twentieth-century Britain who deployed what may seem like an outdated method: drawing. Locating the function of pencil and ink illustrations across a range of sites, we take a journey from the exterior of the living patient via invasive surgical operations to the bodily interior. We see the enduring importance of delineation against a backdrop of the mechanization of conflict and of imaging.
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National Museums Scotland
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Bulletin of the History of Medicine
American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) and the Johns Hopkins Institute of the History of Medicine
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This is a preprint of an accepted article scheduled to appear in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 92, no. 3 (Fall 2018). It has been copyedited but not paginated. Further edits are possible. Please check back for final article publication details.