CEU's: 0.1 Art


John Daugherty 

Paul Norman Peck, BSc, MA, PhD (1907-1982) was one of the most talented medical illustrators of the 20th Century. As wonderful and as groundbreaking as his work is, amazingly, it’s not well-known in our profession. Names like Max Brödel, Tom Jones and Frank Netter are much more familiar, but Paul Peck’s work certainly stands alongside other giants in our field. Fortunately, he has left us an immeasurable legacy, which we are just beginning to discover. A meager Russian immigrant who grew up in Paris and emigrated to Brooklyn, NY in 1916, Paul Peck went on to a stellar career in medical illustration. Some of his accomplishments include: • Professor of Art, Chair of Art Department, Institute of Adult Education, 1936. Previously, he held teaching positions at New York University, Hunter College and the Pratt Institute • First Prize in Mural Design, New York World’s Fair, 1939 • Chief Medical Artist in the Surgeon General’s Office and Army Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C., 1942-1945 • Eight annual awards for excellence in art in institutional advertising, 1953-1964 • Only medical illustrator chosen to represent modern medical art in the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent exhibit Five Hundred Years in the History of Anatomical Art, 1954 • Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Art awarded by the Art Director’s Club, 1965 • Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators for best illustration published in any book, 1967 In 2018, the Biomedical Visualization graduate program at the University of Illinois at Chicago was honored to receive a donation of 461 pieces of Paul Peck’s original medical illustration from Merck & Co., Inc. This presentation will share outstanding examples from the collection, discuss what makes the color artwork so remarkable and unique, and explain how the technology of 1960’s has evolved into and influenced the techniques we use today. An examination of the life and work of Dr. Paul Peck– artist, anatomist, and visual poet extraordinaire– will inspire us yet more enchantingly than ever before to the beauty inherent in the internal structure of the human body.


[Keywords for this session: Paul Peck, medical illustration, anatomical illustration] 

Speaker Bio

John M. Daugherty, MS, CMI, FAMI is Program Director for the Biomedical Visualization Graduate Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his illustration work in medical education and healthcare marketing, including over twenty Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) salon awards. He is a five-time recipient of the Excalibur Award for Teaching Excellence from the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) Student Council and a recipient of the 2017 AHS Outstanding Academic Leadership Award. He received the Brödel Award of Excellence in Education from the AMI in 2013.