The art of medicine
Daniel Carvalho Muller was originally a trained biologist but veered into medical and biological illustration. He is now one of the medical illustrators at the New England Journal of Medicine having formed his own medical illustration company. Tiago Villanueva caught up with him
I've always had a passion for art and science. After I finished my biology degree at the University of Lisbon, I received a Fulbright grant to do a two year Master's degree in medical and biological illustration at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. On graduation, I returned to Portugal with my classmate (and now my wife), Joanne Haderer Muller, and together we opened the first medical illustration studio in the country. In late 2003, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) was seeking a new medical illustrator. I thought this was an amazing opportunity and decided to apply. In early 2004 I was offered a full time position as an illustrator, and we moved to Boston.
As an artist I tend to be one of the harshest critics of my work, perhaps. But as a medical illustrator, I have to consider a successful piece to be one