When completed, The Lost Art of Fundus Drawing will feature drawings of the retina and surrounding structures done in the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 1958-88.  A drawing, which took up to three hours to create depending on the experience of the artist-examiner and the cooperation of the patient, was used to document disease and then most often used as a map during surgery. As time elapsed, however, as treatments changed, as hospitalizations became shorter, as the procedure went from happening in one large room with multiple patients and doctors, and no privacy, to individual patient rooms, and as technology improved, the art of fundus drawing evolved and then eventually passed from existence.

Authors of this rare, if not singular collection are Stephen Russell, MD (Co-Director of the Retina Service and Clinical Director of the Center for Macular Degeneration) and LuAnn Dvorak, PhD (Editor in Ophthalmology and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric).

(left)
C. Neal Jepson, M.D.
Image 126, colored pencil on fundus chart, 1962

(right)
Patrick Caskey, M.D.
Image 11, colored pencil on fundus chart, 1986

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on April 20, 2011

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