ALBUQUERQUE, NM - This October the New Mexico Health Historical Collection (NMHHC) at the UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center will celebrate National Archives Month with a new exhibit exploring art in medicine during the 16th Century.

The exhibit, called "Art in Medicine: On the Fabric of the Human Body," will be on display October 15, 2008 - May 29, 2009 in the Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education Auditorium Lobby on the Health Sciences Center campus. Exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

An accompanying lecture, called "The Importance of Renaissance Anatomy to Medicine and War," by Dr. David Bennahum, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, will be held October 22, noon - 1 p.m., in Domenici Center, room 2112. A Reception directly following the lecture will be held at the site of the exhibit from 1-1:45 p.m.

According to Laura Hall, lead curator, "the exhibit is about a pivotal moment in time when a very young Belgian anatomist by the name of Andreas Vesalius authored, On the Fabric of the Human Body, a text heralded for its scientific and artistic achievements." Today, more than 400 years after Vesalius’ death, his masterpiece is still celebrated. A new era in modern observation science was also ushered in by his influence.

Established in 1963, the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center is the only comprehensive health sciences library in New Mexico. It supports the information needs of faculty, students, staff and programs of the HSC and provides health-related information services to community health professionals and the citizens of New Mexico.

For more information, please call 272-6518 or visit http:http://hsc.unm.edu/library/spc/Art_in_Medicine/ArtinMed.shtml


Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322