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Library acquires new Paul Peck medical art collection

Materials featured in Frank Armitage Lecture Series and at the College of Applied Health Sciences

Special Collections and University Archives is excited to announce the acquisition of the Paul Peck Collection of Medical Art. The collection contains more than 450 pieces of original medical art completed by Paul Peck for at least two medical atlases published by Merck & Co.

Paul Peck began his medical illustration career at New York University, graduating in 1929, and completing graduate training in art education at Columbia University and in gross and microscopic anatomy at the Johns Hopkins Medical School. He served as a chief medical artist in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and in the Army Institute of Pathology during World War II. He taught other medical illustrators, while in the service and as a civilian, at New York University, Hunter College, Pratt Institute and the Institute of Adult Education. Peck compiled numerous anatomy, pathology and surgery atlases over his career.

The collection arrived just in time for UIC’s Biomedical Visualization program’s 2018 Frank Armitage Lecture Series on Oct. 19, discussing the evolution of full color anatomical illustration from the 16th century through simulation technology of the 21st century. Selections from the Paul Peck Collection of Medical Art are on permanent display at the College of Applied Health Sciences in the College of Medicine East Tower (CMET).

UIC is a fitting repository for Peck’s medical illustrations, and students in the College of Applied Health Sciences’s Biomedical Visualization (BVIS) program will be able to examine hand-drawn artwork from a prominent practitioner working in the mid-20th century. BVIS, the largest and second-oldest of four accredited programs in the U.S., now incorporates science and technology for animation, gaming and virtual and augmented reality.

Visit Special Collections and University Archives at the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago to view the Paul Peck Collection of Medical Art.

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