An Unusual Anatomical Educational Folio (1948)

SEGAL, Ralph H.

BODYSCOPE Reg. U.S. Pat. Off ... Theo I. Segal Associate Editor. Anatomical Illustration by Wm. Brown McNett, Director of Medical Arts Temple University, School of Medicine. Copyright Patent U.S.A. International copyright and all other rights reserved. Reproduction either in whole or in part is forbidden, including reproduction in newspapers, magazines or the like. Fourth printing, Bodyscope Inc, 36 East 40th Street, New York. 1948.

Date: 1948

Large Folio, pp. 4; 51cm x 40.5cm opening out to 51 x 81cm; comprising two chromolithograph paper covered pierced card sleeves stitched on linen, each page with printed text in columns and adorned with portraits of noted historical medical figures, and each sleeve containing a card volvelle inside; each of the four 'pages' with four cut out windows, on pp. 1 and 4 each lettered A, B and C, and with five subjects on the rotating disc for each pierced window, pages 2 and 3 with 10 further topics on the disc continued over the four windows, the main window on each being the torso of a male and female body; some rubbing and wear to extremities with loss of paper, with small tear near central pivotal point of p. 3; gutters repaired and strengthened; bound within linen-backed cloth boards, title and caducaeus in gilt on upper cover, rebacked, covers somewhat scuffed, scratched, cockled and bumped, with minor loss at upper spine tail, extremities bumped and worn; without the printed slip-case sometimes found in earlier issues

A later issue of this most appealing and striking educational tool explaining the principles of anatomy and physiology, and first published in 1935. The four pages, each making clever use of the internal illustrated volvelles, describe such things as the nervous system, the skin, the head, the ear, the eye, the teeth, the lungs, the abdominal organs, the heart, conception, the skeleton, the muscles, and the blood. The work is also attractively adorned with small drawings of various figures from medical history with their dates, including Hippocrates, Aristotle, da Vinci', Darwin and Bernard.


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