US: Medical professor moved by art exhibit of his cadavers

Surrounded by red-wine-sipping artists and art students on a recent evening Ashraf Aziz, who has spent half his life cutting open cadavers and initiating medical students at Howard University, has tears in his eyes. An exhibit, "Anatomical Art: Dissection to illustration", is just one outcome of an unusual year-old collaboration between Howard's College of Medicine and the Art Institute of Washington, writes David Montgomery in the Washington Post.

Aziz's dream has been to see what a new generation of artists would bring to a new generation of cadavers. For six months, students work with the cadavers. Just as the medical student must begin his initiation with the original flesh and guts, not with a pristine digitised reflection, so the artist - engaged in creating yet another reflection - must begin at the source.
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