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Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 9:00 AM to Friday, April 12, 2019 - 4:45 PM


Regenstein Library, The Special Collections Research Center



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Joseph Regenstein Library


Once restricted to the privacy of the doctor’s office, ultrasound images of the fetus are now immediately recognizable in the public arena through social media platforms, where posts tagged “baby’s first pic” are commonplace. Such depictions of the fetus in utero have become iconic and are arguably the most easily recognized medical image. How and why did this happen? To answer this question, viewers are invited to embark on a 500-year visual journey, from Renaissance woodcuts to modern day medical images, to witness the many scientific and social uses of these images of the fetus in utero.

Curators: Brian Callender, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, The University of Chicago; and Margaret Carlyle, Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor, Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, The University of Chicago