Reviews Art

The Human Body Revealed

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 06 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:100
  1. Daniel Engber (, freelance journalist
  1. Washington DC, United States

An exhibition at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington DC, until June 2005.

Admission free

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For this exhibition artists have tried to create a model of the human body by combining real images with hand-drawn pictures, to “show the body, not as medical illustrations, but as it actually is.” That is to say, the artists have taken anatomical data from magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and electron microscopy, reconstructed it in three dimensions, and then added colour, shadows, and shapes by hand. The result, they say, “is the art in science: to turn science into art.”

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Close encounters: an image of hair and (below) the endocrine and cardiovascular systems

The images come from the …

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