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Handbook of Anatomy for Art Students by Arthur Thompson Price: $10.17

In 1915 Arthur Thomson, a lecturer at the Royal College of Art, South Kensington, published an extensive survey of human anatomy using photographs of models and careful drawings of the muscles of the body in the same pose as the photographs. A feature of the book was the use of the phtographs to show the body in various poses showing the effect, for instance, on the shoulder with the arm straight out, raised or hanging by the side.

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Here's what Arthur Thomson has to say about how to use the book in his introduction to the first edition, "A word or two as to how the subject s should be studied. Let the student in the first place familiarize himself with the forms of the bones by rapid sketches of them in different positions. Especially is this necessary where the limbs are foreshortened. Having acquired this knowledge, let him then proceed to the study of the model. It is hoped that with the aid of the plates and their accompanying keys he will be able to determine for himself the form and position of the structures on which the surface contours depend. Assist the eye where possible with the hand, and, by rapid and sudden changes of position ascertain precisely the nature of the underlying cause."

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