who have been drawn to explore the body
stripped of its superficial coverings down to its inner realities.
There is real beauty beneath the surface both in life,
as revealed by the surgeon's scalpel, and in death,
as revealed by the pathologist's or anatomist's knife.
The contemporary photographs in this book,
combined with powerful images from the Museum's
historical photography collection, stretch the boundaries
to find beauty not in its conventional form, but in its opposite:
the deformed, the broken, the disfigured body of those who
suffered physical abnormality, trauma, or destructive disease.
There is a terrifying beauty as well in the spirits
of those who endured nature's challenges
to human life and to medical understanding."
^o^ gorey details ^o^