Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Med School Murals



These terrazzo wall murals are located near the entrance to the Florida State University College of Medicine. They were created by artist and designer Steven Weitzman. The artist spent a year crafting the panels out of colored concrete in a patented process in which he mixes cement and mineral pigments to create dramatic effects. Please click on the picture to get a better view of these beautiful murals.

The first mural features Hippocrates, born in 460 BC and known as the father of clinical medicine. The Oath of Medical Ethics, attributed to his writings, is taken by physicians to the present day. Hippocrates died in 377 B.C.

The second mural features Elizabeth Blackwell, originally from England, who in 1849 became the first woman to graduate from medical school in the United States. She opened The New York Infirmary for Women & Children in 1857 and helped create the infirmary's Medical College for Women, which operated from 1868 to 1899. She went on to become a prolific writer and eventually returned to England, where she held the Chair of Gynecology at the London School of Medicine for Women from 1875 until she retired in 1907 at the age of 86.

The third mural features Florida physician Dr. John Gorrie, who contributed innovations in medical care and public health through his study of tropical diseases. During an 1833 outbreak of yellow fever in Apalachicola, he used resourceful methods to prevent its spread and his concern for patients led him to invent the precursor to the modern air conditioner. At first he suspended ice from the ceiling, but soon developed a compressor to cool water. He was granted a patent from the Smithsonian Institution, where his original model is displayed today.

13 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting idea, it's beautiful and also I imagine a kind of homage in these murals!
Léia

Tanya said...

beautiful murals and love all the historical info lois!

Ms. Moon said...

I had no idea those were there. Pretty darn cool.

Sunny said...

These murals are really beautiful. Very impressive work.
☼ Sunny

Halcyon said...

Nice murals! I wonder if the students pay much attention to them.

SRQ said...

Terrific murals. And, interesting info, Lois!

JM said...

Great technique, these murals are wonderful.

Jack said...

Interesting murals and a very fine lesson in medical history. Thanks, Lois.

biebkriebels said...

Those murals are beautiful, I like them very much. The story about the people is very interesting to read. Thanks for sharing.

Jacob said...

They are terrific murals and I so unique...not something you find on very many walls, I would guess. Thanks for sharing!

Birdman said...

I love your commentary today. Nice post.

~Cheryl said...

Very impressive murals -- and what a complex art used in creating them! Great personalities to honor, too.

Small City Scenes said...

These are really neat, Lois.
Thanks for all the info too. MB