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Blog post published on Edo-period flap anatomy project

japanese flap anatomy image of a man on the left and his internal skeleton on the right

One of the projects DASH has been able to provide ongoing support for involves digitizing the illustrations and paper flaps in the Japanese Edo-period medical text held in the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. The project was written about for the Thinking 3D blog by those closest to the book: Emily Beck, Lois Hendrickson, and Hannah Wiepke. The Thinking 3D blog is a multi-disciplinary project out of the University of St. Andrews exploring the concept of three-dimensionality and its impact on the arts and sciences. As the introduction to the blog post states, this rare book is “a full color anatomical manuscript depicting five full human figures and multiple individual organs and organ systems, dissected and described in paper.” Read on for much more about this exciting rare book. See a video of the web application DASH designed that allows the viewer to “lift” each flap digitally here.

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