are drawn from exhibition descriptions by Naomi Hume, a graduate
student in art history.
William S. Furneaux, ed. Dr. Minder’s
Anatomical Manikin of the Human Body. Students ed.
rev. by Ethel Mayer. New York: American Thermo-Ware
Moving parts were a feature
of early books, and 19th-century advances in printing
made it possible to produce such books for a mass audience.
Anatomical flap books generalize for teaching purposes
and are intended to popularize understanding. By manipulating
the illustrations, the reader opens the body and gets
beneath the skin to look inside the body.
Such books represent a
single specimen, a single body with several layers. Because
the reader can move from surface to interior, the format
offers literal depth, rather than breadth, of knowledge.