Russell Drake

Diaphragmatic hernia

1929 Carbon dust illustration for S.W. Harrington, MD. 10-5/8 x 14 inches.
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Russell Drake was recruited by William J. Mayo, MD himself to do medical illustrations, but when World War I intervened, he went to Washington, DC, to serve as an illustrator for the US Army. Before returning to Rochester, he studied under Max Brödel at Johns Hopkins. Russell returned to the Mayo in 1920, continuing as the head of the Section of Medical Illustration beginning in 1932. It is estimated that he illustrated more surgical procedures than any other illustrator of our time.

Russell was a master of pen and ink and an innovator of a single-line system, which departed from the customary crosshatching and stippling, and instead adapted a thick-thin eyelash technique using a flexible nib. He turned to carbon dust rather than pen and ink when it was important to convey the texture of tissue.

Russell Drake was the Chair of the AMI Board in 1946 and 1959, also serving as President in 1948. In 1986, he was the recipient of the very first AMI Lifetime Achievement Award.

Russel Drake

Mayo Clinic Art Studio

Photo of the Mayo Clinic Art Studio at St Mary’s Hospital. Left to right: Eleanora Fry, Clarice Ashworth and Russell Drake. When surgeons needed them to go to the observation room at the OR they could call in on the “call box” on the wall, located to the left, under the clock.

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Laryngectomy

1928 Pen and ink for Gordan B. New, MD.
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