The industrial body


Der mensch gesund und krank, menschenkunde 1940 . . . . Vol. 2
Zürich-Leipzig, 1939. Relief halftone.
National Library of Medicine
Fritz Kahn

Street Anatomy recently posted a selection of industrial-influenced anatomical art by Fritz Kahn. How I wish the publishers of modern textbooks took design and aesthetics as seriously – it is neither wrong nor wasteful nor unscientific to make a functional illustration artistically challenging.

Bibliodyssey hit the same topic last year. As did Morbid Anatomy. Unfortunately, there are very few Fritz Kahn images online, mostly at Dream Anatomy and the British Library. Like Peacay, I’ve been stymied in my efforts to find more. . .

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2 Responses to The industrial body

  1. Joanna says:

    Fritz Kahn at least did well at the Christie’s auction, perhaps attesting to a new popularity. The poster (see my post for details) sold for $3,750, and even elicited an editorial comment from the actioneer (you won’t regret it!)

  2. jojo says:

    this is gorgeous, i think i’m going to re-post the image (and link back here to your wonderful blog) to accompany some moving medicine-related poetry…

    pleased to have stumbled upon your corner of the web…very best, jojo

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