About the Online Exhibition

Dream Anatomy, a refresh of the 2002 exhibition project, features imaginative anatomical books from the National Library of Medicine‚Äôs extensive historical collections, along with the work of 20th- and 21st-century artists. The invention of the printing press in the 15th century—and the print technologies that followed—helped to inspire the science of anatomy, and new visions of the body. In turn, anatomical imagery proliferated, both detailed and informative, but also whimsical, surreal, beautiful, and grotesque—a dream anatomy that reveals as much about the outer world as it does the inner self. Dream Anatomy shows off the anatomical imagination from 1500 to the present.

The original exhibition was on display in the Rotunda Gallery at the National Library of Medicine during October 9, 2002–July 31, 2003. An online exhibition launched in October 2002, as well. The exhibition catalog is also available in NLM Digital Collections.

The Exhibition Program

Patricia Tuohy

National Library of Medicine

Head, Exhibition Program

Jiwon Kim

National Library of Medicine

Exhibition Educator

Erika Mills

National Library of Medicine

Community Outreach Coordinator

Julie Botnick

National Library of Medicine

Exhibition Technical Information Specialist

Carrissa Lindmark

National Library of Medicine

Traveling Exhibition Assistant

Jane Markowitz

National Library of Medicine

Traveling Exhibition Services Coordinator


Michael Sappol, PhD

Historian, Washington, DC

Guest Curator

Education Contributors

Gregory Bargeman

Library-Media Specialist, Woodrow Wilson Senior High School

Washington, DC

Web Design Refresh

Link Studio

Website Design & Development

Baltimore, MD

Special Acknowledgements

History of Medicine Division

Jeffrey Reznick, PhD

Chief, History of Medicine Division

Kenneth Koyle

Deputy Chief

Elizabeth Mullen

Manager of Web Development and Social Media

Kristina Dunne

Web Programs, Pathways Student (2022)

Office of Computer and Communication Systems

Wei Ma

Chief, Applications Branch

Winston Churchill

Applications Branch

Joe Potvin

Applications Branch

Ying Sun

Applications Branch