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The Art of Science

If you think art and science live at opposite ends of the spectrum, you haven't been to Chicago's International Museum of Surgical Science.

Opened in 1954 at a lakeside mansion on the North Side, the museum houses a vast collection of surgical equipment that traces the history of medicine up to the modern day. In addition to its display of historical paintings depicting surgical theatres and allegories on medicine, the museum also hosts artists whose striking works remind visitors of the very human side of surgery.

See what artists have shown their work at the museum's "Anatomy in the Gallery" art space and find out how you can display your work at the museum. All images courtesy of the International Museum of Surgical Science.

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Learn more about the International Museum of Surgical Science and its creator, Dr. Max Thorek – founder of the prestigious International College of Surgeons.

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Join artists Janette Maley and Arthur Hand as they discuss their 2003 exhibit at the International Museum of Surgical Science. The show, featuring collages by Maley and photographs by Hand, focused on Maley's fight against and eventual victory over breast cancer.

 

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Janette Maley, "Black Hole" 2000.

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Janette Maley, "In the middle of the road of my life I awoke in a dark wood where the true way was wholly lost. - Dante, Commedia" 2000.

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Arthur Hand, "First Chemo" 2000.

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Arthur Hand, "First Chemo" 2000.

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Eleanor Robinson Countiss' Gold Coast mansion now serves as a grand home for the museum.

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Milestones in Medical Imaging: From X-Ray to Nuclear Medicine.

 

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