As the guest editors of this theme issue of RACAR, we invite readers and viewers of eight scholarly papers and seven artists’ projects to explore the possibilities opened up by the creative interplay of art and medicine. In the past two decades interest in the interaction between the history of art and the history of science has shown a marked increase. Publications that touch on aspects of their relationship are no longer rare. Publications on the history of the visual arts and medical representation have been less common, but that too is changing. One of the most visible signs of this change is the support of art and art-related research by organizations such as the Wellcome Trust in London and the Osler Library of the History of Medicine in Montreal, to mention two institutions that have been important to the research of many of our contributors.
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