disease and objectivity: general pathology
Photography, an essential technological
innovation in the second half of the 19th Century, became
one of the new forms of visualization of pathology. The use
of photography in medicine as a means of objective registration
questioned distinct arguments and judgements on the phenomenon
of disease. Photography was seen as a new truth, representing
objectivity. The incorporation of the new tool to medicine
was, nevertheless, slow as it had to overcome a long way of
technical and cultural obstacles. Since the 1890s, this tool
took up an important area as an aid to clinical observation.
The collection of photographs of the Museum related to general
pathology and taken by Catalan physicians is a good example
of this process.