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Bodily Boundaries
January 28, 2015   
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A collection of old and new medical drawings and photographs are on display at Warsaw’s Studio Gallery in a new exhibition that shows how the understanding of human anatomy has changed over the centuries.

Items on show in the Na granicy ciała (Body Boundaries) exhibition include medical images of the human body and anatomical drawings representing a prescriptive, medical approach to anatomy. There are also medical instruments and photographs and drawings of anatomical abnormalities affecting human beings. The oldest drawings in the exhibition date back to the 17th century. These and other historical images illustrate the changes that have taken places in the academic discourse on the human body.

Visitors to the Studio Gallery can find out about medical cases that challenge the seemingly fixed line separating humans from animals. Cases such as those used to be discussed in popular newspapers and medical magazines and were displayed in sideshows, causing audiences to feel intrigued, fascinated and repulsed at the same time.

The exhibition also features vintage medical devices used in the past to treat deformities of the limbs and spine. Although designed in good faith, they immobilized patients and sometimes caused them years of excruciating pain.

All items on show are part of the collection of Poland’s Main Medical Library and come with academic comments.

Until March 22
Studio Gallery, Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Sq.
Open Tue.-Sun. 12:30-8:30 p.m.
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