The face of medicine

Visualising medical masculinities in late nineteenth-century Paris

By Mary Hunter

The face of medicine


  • Paperback

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9757-7
  • Pages: 280
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: December 2015
  • BIC Category: The arts / History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900, History of art, 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899, ART / European, Art History, Europe
  • Series: Rethinking Art's Histories


This book examines the overlapping worlds of art and medicine in late-nineteenth-century France. It sheds new light on the relevance of the visual in medical and scientific cultures, and on the relationship between artistic and medical practices and imagery. By examining previously unstudied sources that traverse disciplinary boundaries, this original study rethinks the politics of medical representations and their social impact. Through a focused examination of paintings from the 1886 and 1887 Paris Salons that portray famous men from the medical and scientific elite - Louis Pasteur, Jules-Émile Péan and Jean-Martin Charcot - along with the images and objects that these men made for personal and occupational purposes, Hunter argues that artworks and medical collections played a key role in forming the public face of scientific medicine.


'I highly recommend this book. The very rich material examined and Hunter's original analyses make The Face of Medicine a very informative and enjoyable read, especially for historians who are not familiar with working with images.'
Beatriz Pichel, PHRC, De Montfort University, UK, Medical History (60.4) October issue


Mary Hunter is Associate Professor of Art History at McGill University


1 The makings of a scientific hero: portraits of Louis Pasteur
2 The sleep of reason: Dr Jules Émile Péan's collection of bodies in wax and in paint
3 Hysterical realisms at the Hôpital de la Salpêtrière

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