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Giles, Arthur E.

Anatomy and Physiology of the Female Generative Organs and of Pregnancy.

  • Second edition of this uncommon flap anatomy. Anatomical flapbooks have been popular since the 16th century, but it was the introduction of mechanised printing and chromolithography that made the 19th and early 20th centuries the format’s golden era. This example is by a well-known obstetrician at the Chelsea Hospital for Women, which was opened in 1871 and operated until 1988. It depicts the female reproductive organs and lower gastrointestinal tract, and also includes a static illustration of fetal anatomy and the placenta. The twelve pages of corresponding text are attached to the verso of the upper board so that they can be read while the flaps are viewed. The content includes detailed information on the anatomy of the female pelvis, reproductive organs, the role of menstruation, and changes that take place during pregnancy. Though much of the information is still considered accurate, Giles argues that ovulation probably occurs during menstruation and not, as we now know, about two weeks later.

  • ...Second Edition. London: Ballière, Tindall and Cox; George Philip & Son, 1903. Octavo. Original olive boards printed in black, red cloth backstrip. The text gathering is attached to the verso of the upper board and the anatomy flaps are attached to the verso of the lower board. Chromolithographic flaps depicting the female reproductive organs and lower gastrointestinal tract. Small pencilled ownership inscription to the lower board. Boards rubbed and a little marked with a few short splits and nicks, corners bumped, contents a little spotted, particularly the title, minor crease affecting the first three flaps. Very good condition.

Collections: Medicine & Anatomy

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