In the "Art of Philadelphia Medicine" exhibition presented at the Philadelphia Art Museum (Sept 15 through Dec 7, 1965), medicine and art have joined with history to commemorate the bicentenary of the founding of the first medical college in America—the School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania in 1765. Two hundred years of Philadelphia medical history are reflected in the paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and artifacts culled from the rich resources of private and institutional collections locally and abroad. Great medical names and institutions of Philadelphia are brought to life in vivid depiction by noted artists of their time, such as Gilbert Stuart, Charles Wilson Peale, Thomas Eakens, and the first prominent sculptor in America, William Rush. Early medical instruments, apothecary jars, and anatomical drawings and models—reminders of humble beginnings— add a homey touch and enhance the sense of history.
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