Abigail Zuger in the Science Times reviews the book, Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880-1930. The book presents a collection of photos from early 20th-century anatomy dissection classes. It seems to build on the fascination with “Body Worlds” with a historical angle:
[H]undreds of these photographs endure. John Harley Warner, chairman of Yales History of Medicine program, and James M. Edmonson, curator of a museum of medical memorabilia at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, have culled more than 100 for what might under other circumstances be considered a coffee-table book. It is a striking, glossy, oversize volume, immensely decorative if shredded flesh and the odd bone are your idea of dcor.
But as ghoulish as the cadavers in these shots may be they range from pristine, untouched corpses to unrecognizable piles of picked-over remains their shock value diminishes with each turned page. Conversely, the attention commanded by the groups of young students self-consciously posed around the dissecting table never wanes.
According to Amazon, the book is 208 pages. Here’s the cover:
Sounds interesting – I think I might get a copy to have in my office for students…