A TALL hard covered book of 16 pages plus the charts at back ....size is 19 1/4" X 7 3/4". The covers show some wear signs as per our pictures but the inside is in really excellent condition. A sought after and collectible book published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The golden age of virtual autopsies began when developments in the production of printed images allowed anatomical parts to be displayed in vivid, dramatic colors. In the 1890s, George Philip & Son, originally founded in 1834 in London as a map-making company, first published Philips’ Popular Manikin as part of a series of anatomical fold-outs. Three of these fold-outs are held by the Whipple Museum of the History of Science in Cambridge, England, where I stumbled upon them. Lying in their repository shelves, the fold-outs appear to be little more than the illustrative educational tools their preambles advertise for. Put in their historical context however, the fold-outs are capable of telling a multifaceted story about Victorian public anatomy, science education, and popular conceptions of the human body. This first entry on Philips’ Popular Manikin unmasks the fold-outs as artifacts from a time in which the public understanding of anatomy was largely shaped by gender stereotypes and particular visions of sexuality.
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