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Health for Sale - Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tuesday, June 21, 2011   (0 Comments)
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"Health for Sale”-Posters on Display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

An exhibit of health posters illustrating the enduring human hopes and fears about our bodily well-being, and the age-old desire to cash in on both, is described in a New York Times story by Abigail Zuger. Enjoy the representation of the ebullient old guy dancing in his night shirt after Uricure repairs his decrepit joints. There is also a wonderful poster of "Man as Industrial Palace”, showing a chamber in the upper part of the brain where little men in suits and ties deliberate around a cerebral conference table while menial workers operate physical system and solitary craftsmen in the bone marrow department stamp out red blood cells. The museum collection, on display through July 31, was donated by William H. Helfand, a retired Merck executive and collector of medical memorabilia.

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