Interlude: Medical Visual

George Henry Ford Dissections

Broken bodies Illustrations of dissections in a series of original coloured plates, the size of life, representing the dissection of the human body. (1867) Anatomist: George Viner Ellis (1812-1900) Artist: George Henry Ford (1809-1876) All of the figures are drawn life-size from actual dissections and are printed in colors with… Read More »Interlude: Medical Visual

Dancing DNA

Dancing DNA

According to researchers at Virginia Tech, DNA is a lot more flexible than previously thought. Click to download the structural fluctuations of the Nucleosomal DNA movie (ZIP 61 MB) Virginia Tech researchers used novel methodology and the university’s System X supercomputer to carry out what is probably the first simulation… Read More »Dancing DNA

Spotlight: Karl Wesker

Karl Wesker

When I took Human Gross Anatomy I used a total of eight textbooks, flashcards, and anatomy resources on the internet to help drill all of the information into my head. But, the one book that I relied on and learned the most from was the Thieme (pronounced Tee-Ma) Atlas of… Read More »Spotlight: Karl Wesker

Interlude: Medical Visual

Albinus Tabulae sceleti et musculorum

Excuse me, your exquisitely detailed skeleton is blocking my view of the rhinoceros. Albinus and Wandelaar are by far my favorite duo of anatomist and artist. When the Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani was published in 1747 there was a lot of controversy over the illustrations because of the… Read More »Interlude: Medical Visual

Spotlight: Tsvetomir Georgiev

Cvetomir Georgiev

Tsvetomir Georgiev is an incredibly talented computer graphic artist. At 22 years old he is already an accomplished 3D character modeler at Masthead Studios in Bulgaria. He says that sculpting helped him develop his skills in 3D computer modeling. Tsvetomir created these two striking anatomical images using 3D Studio Max, Z… Read More »Spotlight: Tsvetomir Georgiev

Interlude: Medical Visual

It looks as if the baby was just placed in the cross section. Supplement Table B (1872) Topographisch-anatomischer Atlas, nach Durchschnitten an gefrornen Cadavern (An atlas of topographical anatomy after plane sections of frozen bodies) Author: Wilhelm Braune (1831-1892) Artist: C. Schmiedel    

Molecular Visualization: PyMOL

Dying to know what a topoisomerase looks like? Need to illustrate that p53 tumor suppressor initiating apoptosis? Then take a look at the molecular graphics program called PyMOL, by DeLano Scientific LLC. It produces high-quality molecular images and animations, so you can see your molecule of choice in real-time. It… Read More »Molecular Visualization: PyMOL

Go Bears!

I recently became a football fan this season, which just happens to coincide with my hometown team, the Bears, doing exceptionally well. I love watching the game, especially now that I know the rules, the whole thing just makes more sense. But I also like to watch from an anatomical… Read More »Go Bears!

Interlude: Medical Visual


Gives a whole new meaning to the term “still life.” Table 71 Ontleding des menschelyken lichaams (1690) Anatomist: Govard Bidloo (1649-1713) Artist: Gerard de Lairesse (1640-1711)    



Let’s talk about what’s happening in the world of medical imaging, since it’s having such an impact on medical illustration. If you haven’t already heard of the groundbreaking image processing software, OsiriX, then please take a look the website and familiarize yourself. I suggest you jump immediately to the screenshots,… Read More »Osirix

Spotlight: John Liebler

John Liebler Harvard

Meet the man behind The Inner Life of a Cell. John Liebler, lead medical animator for XVIVO, a scientific animation company based out of Connecticut. He has a background in Graphic Design/Illustration from the University of Connecticut. Although he does not have formal training as a medical illustrator, he relies… Read More »Spotlight: John Liebler