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James F. Didusch was born in Baltimore. He attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, and was a pupil of Max Broedel in the first class of the department of art as applied to medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1910. From 1914 to 1940, Didush was an artist in the department of embryology at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Following Broedel’s death in 1941, Didusch was appointed associate professor and head of the department of art as applied to medicine at Johns Hopkins. He returned to the Carnegie Institution in 1943. Didusch illustrated a number of surgical books and articles, including the research of embryologists Franklin P. Mall, George L. Streeter, and their colleagues, which was presented in Carnegie’s Contributions to Embryology

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The James F. Didusch Collection spans his entire career. The bulk of the collection consists of original drawings and prints of Didusch’s medical artwork. The drawings illustrate internal and external anatomy or surgical procedures. The collection also contains a series of photgraphic and artistic portraits of Johns Hopkins faculty members, correspondence, reprints of articles illustrated by Didusch, books of medical illustrations, and glass slides of Didusch’s illustrations.

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