Elsevier Celebrates 25 Years of Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy with Art Exhibit in New York

Dr. Frank H. Netter’s medical illustrations to be showcased at NYU Langone Medical Center, March 18 – April 30

Philadelphia, PA, March 18, 2014

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that it will celebrate the 25th anniversary and newest edition of Dr. Frank H. Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy with an exhibition of his paintings, and pieces by other medical illustrators working in his tradition at NYU Langone Medical Center. The exhibit, School of Netter: The “Michelangelo of Medicine,” is open to the public starting today through April 30, located in NYU Langone’s Medical Science Building Gallery.

Dr. Netter had deep roots at NYU School of Medicine. In 1927, he enrolled at the medical school, where he later began creating medical illustrations as notes in his classes. Professors and other students noticed his detailed illustrations and encouraged him to pursue art. Even though he received his medical degree there, NYU is also where his parallel career began as a medical illustrator.

“The Netter Atlas has been a pillar of medical guidance and education for medical students and is fondly remembered and referenced by practicing physicians. This celebration and the exhibit at NYU Langone highlight the inspiration and education Netter offered throughout his career and through the pages of the Atlas,” said Jay Katzen, President of Elsevier Clinical Solutions. “Having this exhibit at NYU is very special for us. Dr. Netter developed his now classic visual interpretations of anatomy when he was a student at NYU School of Medicine. And that unique visual style would teach and influence millions of medical students and practicing physicians.”

Netter’s most famous works evolved over several decades working for CIBA Pharmaceuticals (now Novartis) where he depicted the human body in both health and disease. His illustrations, which are now published by Elsevier, are available in print, online, and mobile, helping educate millions of medical students and health professionals.

For more than 50 years, Netter has been celebrated as the foremost medical illustrator of human anatomy. The “School of Netter” exhibit celebrates Netter’s legacy with a selection of his own paintings (on loan from Novartis), as well as illustrations from over a dozen current artists carrying on the Netter tradition. The show includes paintings by Carlos Machado, a physician-artist and Chief Contributing Medical Illustrator to the just published new edition of the Atlas of Human Anatomy, as well as pieces by several other leading medical illustrators and the finalist and winning entries from the Netter Atlas Medical Illustration Contest, held last fall.

NYU Langone’s Medical Science Building Gallery was established in 2008 to exhibit the works of artists who explore the relationships between art and human biology. Sponsoring between six and eight exhibitions yearly, it showcases medically themed contemporary art within the unique context of the Medical Center.

“A member of NYU School of Medicine’s historical alumni, Netter’s timeless illustrations continue to be an inspiration to medical students and medical professionals world-wide, and we are honored to showcase his legacy here where it all began,” said Dr. Robert I. Grossman, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center.

For more information about the Netter Exhibit and 25th anniversary of the Atlas of Human Anatomy, go to www.us.elsevierhealth.com/


About NYU Langone Medical CenterNYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class, patient-centered, integrated academic medical center, is one of the nation’s premier centers for excellence in clinical care, biomedical research, and medical education. Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU Langone is composed of four hospitals—Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; Rusk Rehabilitation; the Hospital for Joint Diseases, the Medical Center’s dedicated inpatient orthopaedic hospital; and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, a comprehensive pediatric hospital supporting a full array of children’s health services across the Medical Center—plus the NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history. The Medical Center’s tri-fold mission to serve, teach, and discover is achieved 365 days a year through the seamless integration of a culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education, and research. For more information, go to www.NYULMC.org, and interact with us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

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