In 1941, the third medical illustration school in North America was founded at the MGH.

The exhibit “The Medium is the Message: MGH’s School of Medical Illustration, 1941-1967,” now on display at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation, displays original and reproduced works by instructors and students. It also includes an activity table, pictured at left, where visitors can try their hand at drawing and coloring medical subjects.

The exhibit emphasizes the fact that medical illustration continues to offer a unique view of the body. “The camera can only record what it sees. The artist can put on paper what exists but may not be visible,” says Edith Tagrin, former director of the MGH Department of Medical Art.

The museum, located at 2 North Grove St., is open Monday through Friday year-round from 9 am to 5 pm.  Admission is free.

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