Thursday, May 8, 2008

Bassett's Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy

Stanford's Bassett collection of human dissection is now online! Well, some of the images. More will follow by this summer. A selection of the striking, 3-D images of the human body can be viewed at here (well worth the click).

Bassett, a 1934 graduate of Stanford's School of Medicine, and a "genius for dissection" collaborated with William Gruber, inventor of the View-Master, to create the Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy. Over the 17 years the two worked together, they produced 221 View-Master reels with 1,554 color stereo views of dissections, accompanied by explanatory text and labeled drawings. More details about the collaboration can be found in the John Schwartz's New York Times story, The Body in Depth or on the Stanford site.

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