Moveable Medicine : A look at flap books from the John Martin Rare Book Room collection
Thursday, March 28th 4-7 pm
John Martin Rare Book Room
4th floor of the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
Join us to learn the history and importance of flap books throughout medical history. Discover the doctors, authors, and artists that created and shared these beautiful and delicate works.
Leaf through, lift the flaps, and look inside these pieces from the collection to feel like a surgeon as you dissect, explore, and discover the beauty of anatomy.
This exhibit features intricate books, fugitive sheets, and manikins from the collection that have been used to teach both medical students and the public about the composition of the human body for centuries!
Exhibit curated by Donna Hirst and Lora Wegener.
Books featured in this exhibit include:
Interiorum corporis humani partium viva delineatio [Legend above male]. Perutilis anatomes interiorum mulieris partium cognitio. . . . [Legend above female].[Paris: Veneunt apud Joannem Ruellem, commorantem in vico Jacobaeo, sub signo Caudae Vulpinae, 1539]. I58 1539
ANDREAS VESALIUS (1514-1564). De humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome.Basel: [Ex officina Joannis Oporini, 1543]. fQM21. V425 1543
GEORGE BARTISCH (1535-ca. 1607). Ophthalmodouleia; das ist, Augendienst.[Dresden: Matthes Stöckel], 1583. fRE41. B3 1583
JOHANN REMMELIN (1583-1632). Catoptrum microcosmicum. Facsimile. Augsburg: Typis Davidis Francki, 1619. Facsimile of the three flap illustrations created by Alice Phillips, University of Iowa. fQM21 .R45 1619 suppl
JOHANN REMMELIN (1583-1632). Anathomie du corps humain. Paris: Chez Gerard Jollain, [ca. 1650]. fQM21 .R44
JOHANN REMMELIN (1583-1632) AND Lucas Kilian (engraver) (1579-1637). Kleiner welt spiegel, das ist, abbildung göttlicher schöpffung an dess menschen leib : mit beygesetzer schrifftlicher Erklärung : so wo zu Gottes Weissheit : als dess menschen selbst erkandtnuss dienend [Ulm]: 1661. fQM21 .R45 1661
CHRISTOPH VON HELLWIG (1663-1721) AND Johann Heinrich Werner( . Nosce te ipsum, vel, Anatomicum vivum, oder: Kurtz gefastes doch richtig gestelltes anatomisches Werck:, 1716. fQM21 .H45 1716
EDWARD WILLIAM TUSON (1802-1865). Myology. 2nd ed. London: Callow and Wilson, 1828. fQM151 .T88 1828
EDWARD WILLIAM TUSON (1802-1865). A supplement to Myology : containing the arteries, veins, nerves, and lymphatics of the human body, the abdominal & thoracic viscera, the ear and eye, the brain, and the gravid uterus, with the fœtal circulation. 2nd Edition London: Callow & Wilson, 1828. fQM151 .T89 1828
FREDERICK HOLLICK (1818-1900). Outlines of anatomy & physiology: illustrated by a new dissected plate of the human organization. Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson, 1846. fQM31 .H6
(GEORGE) SPRATT (ca. 1784-1840). Obstetric tables : comprising graphic illustrations, with descriptions and practical remarks : exhibiting on dissected plates many important subjects in midwifery. Philadelphia: James A. Bill, 1850 and 1948 edition. fRG520 .S76 1850
ROBERT KNOX (1791-1862). Man, his structure and physiology : popularly explained and demonstrated. 2nd ed. London ; New York: H. Bailliere, 1858. QM23 .K56 1858
GUSTAF JOSEPH (G.J.) WITKOWSKI (1844-1923). A movable atlas showing the structure and functions of the brain, the cerebellum and medulla oblongata.fQM455 .W5713 1874
W. (DAVID WILSON) GRAHAM (1845-1925). Physicians’ anatomical aid: a manikin of superimposed diagramatic plates : designed to assist in surgery diagnoses and general practice. 1888. fQM33 .P49 1888
HENRY MUNSON LYMAN (1835-1904). The practical home doctor. Rev. & enl. ed. Chicago, IL: America Publishing Co., 1907. RC81 .P73 1907
HUBERT ELWYN JONES BISS (1872-1909). The anatomy and physiology of the female body. 3rd ed. London, 1928. fQM25.B57 1928
PETER C. KRONFELD (1899-1980). The human eye in anatomical transparencies. Explanatory text: Peter C. Kronfeld … 1944. K87
STEPHEN LUCIAN POLYAK (1889-1955). The human ear in anatomical transparencies. 1946. fQM507 .P6
ROBERT KNOX (1791-1862). Man, his structure and physiology : popularly explained and demonstrated. 2nd ed. London ; New York: H. Bailliere, 1858.
This popular introduction to anatomy and physiology was written by the noted – if somewhat infamous – Edinburgh anatomist Robert Knox. Knox believed that a knowledge of human structure and physiology was vital, forming the basis for a better understanding of the structure and nature of all living bodies.
He hoped that this elementary yet detailed introduction would encourage the reader to pursue further study in not only human anatomy, but also in the field of zoology. One of the best and most enthusiastic teachers of anatomy during the 19th century, Knox’s emphasis upon practical dissection led to his indiscreet and notorious association with the Edinburgh ‘resurrectionists’, Burke and Hare. When their crimes came to light, he was implicated, savagely attacked in the literature of the day, and his effigy was burnt by the populace.
Although exonerated by Burke, an influential committee of his peers accused him of acting incautiously and failing to ensure that his assistants properly vetted their cadaver suppliers. The episode haunted him and tarnished the rest of his career. He then turned his attention to ethnology and anthropology, and found some success in these fields.
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ABD AL-ʻAZĪZ IBN ʻUTHMĀN (fl. 950 – d. 967) AND Danck, Joannes fl. 1331. Libellus ysagogicus Abdilazi, id est servi gloriosi Dei... 1485
Abu al-Saqr Abd al-Aziz Ibn Uthman Ibn Ali al-Qabisi l-Mawsili al-Hashimi, generally known as Al-Qabisi, (Latinised as Alchabitius or Alcabitius), and sometimes known as Alchabiz, Abdelazys, Abdilaziz ‘Abd al-Azîz, عبدالعزيز القبيصي) was an Arab astrologer, astronomer, and mathematician.
Al-Qabisi is best known for his treatise on judicial astrology, Introduction to the Art of Judgments of the Stars. This work survives in at least twenty-five Arabic manuscripts, and over two hundred manuscripts of its Latin translation, with twelve printed editions of the Latin work between 1473 and 1521. The Arabic text has received at least three Latin translations, which attracted several commentaries and were, in turn, translated into other European languages.
The 1473 copy, and others up until 1521, features writing about Al-Qabisi by John of Saxony. The rare 3rd edition (1473) of this classic scientific work recognized the authority of Ptolmy’s Almagest. The present work is edited by Bartholomaeus Alten. These early printed editions of Alchabitius’ “principle surviving treatise, a tenth century Arabic introduction to Astrology” are almost unprocurable. The book includes attractive large and smaller, ornamental initials, white on black.
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