Ranice Crosby
Ranice Crosby   Ranice Crosby enriched the field of medical illustration and advanced the communication of medical knowledge with her creative energy. Her didactic illustrations live on as a testament to their powerful instructional force and gracefulness of line. This small collection of illustrations does not include the high powered, flamboyant color images that have recently been exhibited in the JBC Showcase but instead are images that tell a story and illuminate the author’s text.

The picture above shows Ranice discussing the Max Brödel illustration of reconstructed kidney stones (Frontispiece from the Diseases of the Kidneys, Ureters, and Bladder by Howard A. Kelly and Curtis F. Burnam) at the Johns Hopkins, Medical College of Georgia, and University of Toronto student exchange in 2004.  It highlights her dedication to the preservation of and her passionate insight into the Brödel Archives in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine.

Ranice came to Hopkins to study under Max Brödel in 1937 and in 1943 became the first woman to direct a department at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She served as the Director of the Department for 40 years until she stepped down in 1983. As Director Emerita, she continued to teach and care for the archives within the Department for another 24 years until 2006. Ranice was recognized for her contributions to medical illustration by the AMI in 1987 with the Lifetime Achievements Award and for her inspirational teaching and enhancement of the careers of hundreds of students by the Johns Hopkins University in 2002 with a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

We hope you enjoy these images of one of the Association of Medical Illustrators charter members and a true legend of our field.


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