|Pages/Publication Date:||144 / 2017|
Selected from the collection of the Vrolik Museum in Amsterdam, all of the historic specimens of the human body seen here are intriguing, but when seen through the durable stereoscopic viewer affixed to this book, they become enthralling. Jim Naughten has selected 50 particularly striking examples, including skeletons afflicted by rickets and other diseases of the bone, congenital malformations, and dissected heads. Hailing from the Victorian era, many are photographed in their original wood and glass specimen cases, which lends them a haunting tone; the standouts include conjoined twins, a hand with two thumbs, and a cyclops baby. Each is discussed in a brief text, and the preface explains the use of stereoscopic photography in 19th-century medical training.