I am off to the UK for an art tour with the wonderful medical illustrators of the Vesalius Trust. My companions will add much to the enjoyment by sharing their knowledge. I am especially interested to see the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow. William Hunter was obstetrician to Queen Victoria, and he was a scholar. He collected art as well as medical items, which are now in the museum named for him. He trained his younger brother John to do dissections for teaching, and John Hunter is now considered the father of modern surgery. The Hunterian Museum in London, which I visited last year, is named for John and houses many of his specimens.
The University of North Carolina Health Sciences Library houses a large collection of Frank H. Netter papers–sketches he made for his paintings; correspondence; and the research files he kept. The library has recently completed a finding aid, available online, listing all of the over 4400 items in the collection. Users can access the finding aid to help identify what is in the Netter collection at the library. It describes the items so that people can discover them and come to the library to see them in person. This is the first step in making this rich resource more accessible. Try if for yourself! http://www2.lib.unc.edu/hsl/HC0010.html
I am speaking at the 2015 annual dinner meeting of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library in San Antonio, Texas. I owe Dr. Basil Pruitt many thanks for recommending me to them, and look forward to seeing him again at that meeting. He was a colleague of Frank Netter, and is now my friend.
On Wednesday, I will speak at the Charaka Club dinner, held at the Society if Illustrators. I am honored to be invited and especially look forward to returning to Dad’s beloved society. He was elected to membership in 1939, and as a child I often accompanied him to lunch there. He was elected to the Illustrators Hall of Fame in 2006, fifteen years posthumously, and I accepted the award on his behalf.