One of the most interesting stories presented in the Medical Illuminations text centers around the introduction of Will Burtin as a pioneer of scientific visualization beginning in Nazi Germany. Burtin was a designer coming to notoriety at the brink of a world war and developing a lengthy association with UpJohn Pharmaceuticals--including a collaboration to construct a large model of a red blood cell at the San Francisco 1958 American Medical Association meeting.
Visualizing data displaying the effectiveness of penicillin, streptomycin and neomycin on 16 different bacteria provided an informative graphic to help guide clinicians and researchers both in the era of the new "wonder drug" of medicine.
His display is a direct lineal descendent of Florence Nightingale's famous Rose, in which the radii of the segments convey the amount of data, rather than a traditional pie chart in which the angle of each segment is the carrier of the information. Burtin does several clever things in this display, two of them, of special interest are described here.
Burtin's diagram compares impacts of Penicillin, Streptomycin and Neomycin on a range of bacteria (Scope, Fall 1951)
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