Sculpture: Case Histories in Clay

Art has given features to half-remembered kings and evoked the majesty and terror of all-but-forgotten religions. Now Dr. Abner Weisman, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, has shown that sculpture can be a guide to the pathology of the past. On view at Manhattan's Pfizer Building is his unique collection of pre-Columbian figures, each of which is a medical case history in clay.

Dr. Weisman began collecting back in 1944 when, working with American Indians, he acquired herbs, roots and amulets that were used to cure diseases. While traveling in Mexico, he noticed that many pre-Columbian figurines had physical defects,...

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